Go for a director role at a smaller company or lead role at fairly well known company?

Dec 26, 2019 13 Comments

(Neither options are FAANGs, these are all non-SWE roles)

Smaller company reached out, offers a director role pretty badly siloed into marketing with no direct reports in the near future (not sure why they're calling it a director....). Comp is also a manager comp level.

Other company (might) offer a lead role, no direct reports in the near future either but much more chance to impact, most execs are former Google/Twitter and have a good problem to solve (building ad revenue).

I'm a middle manager, run a team of 4, I'm trying desperately to move up the ladder but I'm finding very few ppl manager roles with a shot at director level.

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  • New


    Started blind to get some break from work. Now, I work to get some break from blind.
    Go for the other company. Looks like more opportunities to grow your network too.

    Titles hardly matter specially considering the title inflation we regularly see on LinkedIn.
    Dec 26, 2019 2
    • F5 Networks RRA
      Hey. I'm the Head of Engineering for my cubicle.
      Dec 26, 2019
    • New


      Started blind to get some break from work. Now, I work to get some break from blind.
      Haha. Got to be at least CTO of your cubicle.
      Dec 27, 2019
  • I’d look at who’s working there now, who might have worked and where they landed as an indicator of potential next steps for you (LinkedIn search).

    The 2nd company sounds more promising based on what you wrote.
    Dec 26, 2019 0
  • Stripe EOta40
    It also depends on what your future goals are (beyond moving up the ladder; e.g. do you want to stay at a company and grow? Move again after a year?) and what the trajectory of the two companies look like (e.g. is the small company an undiscovered rocket ship?).
    Dec 26, 2019 4
    • New / Eng lxfbcv4
      Also what google role and level you interviewed for?
      Dec 26, 2019
    • eBay kwii1dk
      It was a Google cloud role, lead product analyst
      Dec 26, 2019
  • Jumpcut xOMR03
    Neither! You can’t go from a position with direct reports to positions that don’t but might later on. If they never do, you will be in the job market with no team management and recruiters will think you failed at management. Pass and look for a job managing the same org size or more.
    Jan 4 0
  • Panasonic Avionics

    Panasonic Avionics

    I do sales. I sell stuff. It’s what I do.
    Go for other company and inflate your title on LinkedIn anyways.. “Head of” of “Lead” are all BS titles to inflate to
    Dec 27, 2019 0
  • New / Biz Dev Gravel-Ind
    Increasing your brand with the ”Director” title won't do much for your future roles.

    A seasoned executive worth his salt will be able to see through that BS in seconds. Go for the other company.
    Dec 26, 2019 0
  • McKinsey bummR
    Good luck, first one sounds like good title second one sounds like better leadership, the former google exec company just sounds better.. all the best
    Dec 26, 2019 0


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