Deciding between Bloomberg, Microsoft and series B Bay Area Startup

Informatica / Eng

Informatica Eng

Nov 11, 2018 24 Comments

I am a CS Masters graduating in May 2019. Please find details of offers below:

Microsoft (Seattle)- 109k base, 0-20% target bonus (any idea on what to expect after 1st year), 100k stocks over 3.5 years, 30.5k (sign-on + relocation)
Bloomberg (NYC)- 142k base, 18k target bonus, 30k (sign-on + relocation)
Series B Mountain View Startup - 150k base, 20k relocation, 10,000 stock options at strike price of 65 cents a stock.

The team at Bloomberg should be applied NLP. There is a bootcamp for around 2 months which is an opportunity for team matching. In microsoft, its azure. In the startup, the role will be that of a software engineer involving building data-driven backend applications.



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TOP 24 Comments
  • Uber YRUHere
    Blind is full of tech folks, who will probably vote against Bloomberg as another industry.
    Nov 11, 2018 4
    • Bloomberg cschicken
      Why do people think that Bloomberg is not a tech company?
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Uber / Eng oNatenOw
      Lol I know it is a tech company. People think of the news and finance first before the terminal, which is the actual main product.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • New kgb$
    You may wanna think long-term (and not focus on the compensation at this point):

    * MS - waste a couple of years to grow your credentials (get it on your resume) and move to a more respectful company (e.g., Google)

    * Bloomberg - if you like NY; but there is bias in tech against non-tech companies, so it may not help much from the career perspective

    * Startup - if you actually want to learn and gain real experience and skills (both technical and not)
    Nov 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon Gjdyveycc4
    Microsoft to be lazy, Bloomberg for brand and startup for real fun and money.
    Nov 11, 2018 1
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      Bloomberg for brand. That shit is funny.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Qubole badabambud
    Do the startup early in your career. Will be a great learning experience. You can always work at larger safer companies later in life.
    Nov 11, 2018 1
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      Or you could be completely out of a job when it does under in 3 months as something like 80% do.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Microsoft avR
    What position are you getting?your offer is way better than my current salary, i have 10 years of experience, several certs, and worked at companies from FANG... The problem though, Microsoft has a toxic environment, focusing on work politics, some getting promoted others not etc.. for someone without experience, if you are in for $, I'd say come to MS, then go to FANG when you can..
    Nov 11, 2018 10
    • Cisco bitset
      How frequent is on call week?
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Microsoft /_-\
      Depends on the size of the team. My team has 7 people right now so once every 7 weeks.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Microsoft / Product

    Microsoft Product

    Bain & Company
    For the startup: Inform how much would those stock options be worth in the last round valuation
    Nov 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Microsoft Azure

    It's a good place to gain credential, assuming you didn't get a FANG offer. With the impending economic slowdown, it might be a safe place to learn the software engineer trade and ride out slowdown.

    Congrats on the great offer btw
    Nov 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft DOyu71
    There are many excellent groups in azure. you have a good l59 offer which means there is tons of room for growth. In azure you are likely to grow very quickly. In many groups there is on-call (live site monitoring and debugging if necessary). For some teams it's burden and some not.
    Nov 12, 2018 0


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