Citadel securities vs FB

Dec 13, 2019 49 Comments

I got a couple offers:

- FB: E5, 190k base, 15% bonus, 600k RSU/4years, 75k signon, in Menlo Park.

- Citadel securities: 250k base, 200k target bonus, 100k signon, in Chicago.

On one hand, I am intrigued by Chicago because I am fed up with living in this shit hole of the Bay Area where renting a decent place is 4k, whereas in Chicago I could spend 1.5k and live downtown and walk to work in a semi luxury high rise building.

On the other hand, FB seems better for career opp?

I work in infra, a mix of SWE and ops with distributed systems and performance.

Age: 32
YOE: 9
NW: 2M (liquid, I am a renter)

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  • Amazon / Eng
    HCKX52

    Amazon Eng

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    HCKX52more
    Can you please share how was your interview preparations like ? How many companies did you I interview With before Facebook and citadel ?
    Dec 13, 2019 4
    • OP
      Haha relax. This question is asked literally 50 times a day on blind so I wouldn’t add any information.
      Dec 13, 2019
    • Amazon dickstra
      we have a lot of info on tc, but we always would like more data points. your experience helps
      Dec 16, 2019
  • VMware take3
    how the fuck did you amass 2m liquid in a decade?
    Dec 13, 2019 4
    • OP
      I started with $0, immigrated here to the US right after college at 23 broke as hell with a CS degree, so truly nothing. I have probably saved up $1M myself (100k a year on average, very reasonable, considering that these days I sock away 200k a year), and the rest is SP500 returns...

      I live with $50k/y in the bay area, so I save a lot.
      Dec 13, 2019
    • VMware take3
      @slendbd totally agree with you. same story here
      Dec 13, 2019
  • New
    scheme

    New

    BIO
    Started blind to get some break from work. Now, I work to get some break from blind.
    schememore
    Weather is one more thing you may want to consider. Chicago is Siberia for ~6 months.
    Dec 13, 2019 2
    • OP
      That’s fine. I come from Eastern Europe so I can deal with it :)
      Dec 13, 2019
    • Amazon
      de5i

      Amazon

      BIO
      Just taking it easy
      de5imore
      I’m from Siberia, and I would like to disagree.

      Also, by measures of weather any place will loose to Bay Area (with exception of European Mediterranean coast).
      Dec 13, 2019
  • Google pc-princip
    You make 500k and complain about 20k in rent?
    Dec 13, 2019 7
    • Google pc-princip
      More space more fun. Why live in a shitty apartment with do much noise
      Dec 14, 2019
    • Google pc-princip
      I bought my home when I was single
      Dec 14, 2019
  • Amazon
    de5i

    Amazon

    BIO
    Just taking it easy
    de5imore
    Really rent savings are irrelevant, but I think overall Chicago has much better life to offer for your money. It’s urban, city vibe, cultural, and in some aspects much more diverse than Silicon Valley. Go for it, bro!
    Dec 13, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Eng SwiftSocks
    100% Citadel. That money will go really far in Chicago. Granted, a downtown apartment (ie River North) is more than 1.5k (unless shared), but still will have much more money in the bank after all said and done. You could get a decent non-upgraded apartment in Lakeview for 1.5k though. Generally 1.8-2k can get you a nice 1br. 2-2.5k for luxury.
    Dec 13, 2019 3
    • New jgWX61
      Damn why such a long commute?
      Dec 13, 2019
    • OP
      Standard Bay Area at peak time... it takes 45-60 minutes for a 5 mile commute...
      Dec 13, 2019
  • Amazon zVjh74
    Avoid FB. Company declining long term due to poor leadership.
    Dec 13, 2019 1
    • Uber TcOrDie
      As long as Zuck is there I’d say the opposite
      Dec 13, 2019
  • Tesla 🐉⛈
    Try Citadel and if you don’t like it you can always go back to FB.
    Dec 13, 2019 0
  • Bloomberg GO<GO>
    @OP Do you currently work at a large public tech company? If so, in what field of software engineering? "Cloud" is pretty vague and can mean anything from JavaScript to C++ microservices.

    I'm curious how you got interviews with Citadel.
    Dec 13, 2019 5
    • OP
      Thanks for the feedback! Wanted to ask: is it difficult to perform? I don’t mind working long hours (though I am not the person in the team who goes out of their way to impress by working longer, I just follow the herd), I am more scared about folks being very brilliant and me being unable to perform even if I put time in.
      Dec 15, 2019
    • Citadel Securities ``````````
      It's not too bad. Lots of people don't work long/crazy hours here.
      And some people are brilliant, but it's not all that much different than most of the Bay Area companies, in that you can perform well if you're a bit of a self starter.
      Dec 17, 2019
  • Nutanix stevia2
    There is no comparison. Go to citadel
    Dec 13, 2019 0

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