Good job vs. great comp

New leke
Nov 27, 2019 11 Comments

I’m planning my next career move and I’ve been fortunate enough to have multiple offers (4 now, and two may come).

Two are standing out. I can’t reveal too much without risking being identified, but here’s how I can describe it:
1. Non-eng management position at Google, $250k base, $800k rsu, 25% bonus
2. Non-eng director level at a big public company going through some longterm business challenges (stable but in need of a transformation), $230k base, $150k rsu, 20% bonus, 80k signon

ad. 1 - the leader on the team seems very cool, but we don’t work in the same field, so direct mentoring is unlikely. Team feels understaffed and very junior. Whole org seems under a lot of pressure. The job doesn’t feel super exciting. The comp is great and there’s definitely a lot of room to grow.

ad. 2 - the team is great, the job is really interesting and unique. They’re unlikely to get close to Google offer though and their stock is unlikely to grow in value in the next 1-2 years.

All the other offers are unlikely to beat $350k tc.

Current TC: $210k + a ton of options from a small starup, but they’re not going to be liquid any time soon / 13 yoe

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    • Amazon compare
      agreed. Most people here would be able to advice on IC role.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • New leke
      OP
      Fair point! Of course I’m not making a decision based on a survey on Blind, but I’m always curious of the community feedback and the way people think about career choices. Appreciate your input!
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Bleacher Report / Creative Nzhv42
    Take google stop fucking around
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • Oracle P1m77
    What's the career move after this, and when? Think long term
    Nov 27, 2019 2
    • New leke
      OP
      I want to grow into the next level of leadership in my industry and lead bigger orgs.

      At opp 2 I’m pretty much capped. The next person above me runs 200 people org and reports to C-level.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • Lockheed Martin Schz
      Not unusual at many company’s for a director to have a 200 person org...

      also, at a large company not hard to move to other internal opportunities by applying internally to reps... though as a director you owe it to your boss, your peeps and your internal reputation to have a decent succession plan in place and to stay in the position for a year or two.

      Both jobs are likely to be stable during the nascent downturn so that is not a discriminator.

      If you think it will be hard to move internally from the google position (which should be doable from after a year without pissing anyone off if you are in in a non manager role) I would go with the other one. Job satisfaction is underrated.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • New deflow
    While I voted for #2, on 2nd thought, I think the offer #1 is hard to pass up - more money, better branding, room to grow and move around within Google. And even if you end up not liking the role/team, you can still leave and have the ability to go anywhere with G on your resume / experience.
    Nov 27, 2019 2
    • New leke
      OP
      Thanks! I appreciate your input.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • New deflow
      You're welcome!

      Anyways, can't go wrong with either choices ...

      You're doing great!
      Nov 28, 2019
  • Google burnItDown
    So you can’t decide a simple future for yourself but you’re gonna decide the direction for a company by being a director?

    Great. Please don’t come to Google.
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • New leke
      OP
      You see my friend, you don’t know that yet, but your ability to comprehend only one path through life and a religious attitude towards your own life choices, will slow down your career to a crawl and make you miserable.

      I do hope that Google will pair you with somebody who can help you outgrow this phase.

      Good luck!
      Nov 27, 2019

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