Mediocre work+better TC or better work+mediocre TC?

Apr 17, 2019 6 Comments

Current YoE: 6
Current TC: peanuts because msft 😂

I've been interviewing overseas and got a couple of offers:
One is a non-senior role (at the top end of pay for intermediate level) in a fast-growing fintech startup, with decent pay (enough for me to live comfortably and save some money).

The other is a senior engineering role in a fast-growing ecomm company with mixed(many negative) reviews on Glassdoor, lots of legacy tech (that they promise they're revamping, but lol who'd believe them?), for about 35% more pay.

I realize that the work environment and happiness will depend a lot on the team itself, so there is a case to be made for the higher paying offer. In the interviews, I asked for specifics of their current and future projects, and they gave me vague answers (I've asked for another call to discuss specifics).

If I get promoted in a year or two at the lower paying firm, the pay gap would be negligible, but that's a big IF - promotions aren't easy or guaranteed anywhere, really.

There's pros and cons for both sides, and I'm not sure which one I should pick really.


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TOP 6 Comments
  • Pure Storage lololol012
    i thought msft pays well & stock is stable/growing?
    Apr 17, 2019 1
    • Microsoft / Eng rLcX37
      Stock is growing but base and RSUs granted are way lower than comparable tech companies. Anyway my primary reasons for looking out are changing location and finding a more interesting team to work with, not TC.
      Apr 17, 2019
  • New / Sales LadyCloser
    I did the 1st and now I’m doing the 2nd. It’s nice to feel excited to go to work, but sad on pay day.
    Apr 18, 2019 0
  • Pegasystems lmWithGir
    BS. OP doesnt know peanuts until they work for a Tier 7 (they exist)
    Apr 18, 2019 0
  • LinkedIn / Eng ganache
    You have annonymized too many details. Not enough to comment.
    Apr 18, 2019 0
  • Google eDJS71
    Based on this response, it seems like the lower TC role is in-line with what you’re really looking for.
    Apr 17, 2019 0


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