Microsoft vs Facebook

Dec 6, 2019 34 Comments

I have accepted FBs Data Engineer offer and now received an offer from Microsoft for SWE position. I am unable to decide which one to choose. Is it worth reneging FB offer for Microsoft?

FB TC: 120K Base, 20K Sign-on, 100K Stocks over 4 years (Location: MPK, CA)
MS TC: 118K Base, 50K Sign-on, 130K Stocks over 4 years. (Location: Redmond, WA)

Could you tell me your opinion on this?

* Both are New Grad offers



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TOP 34 Comments
  • Google coastn
    The Microsoft offer is better, company has better WLB and SWE >> Data Engineer.

    I'd reneg on Facebook. They're shitty company except for the $$
    Dec 6, 2019 7
    • Wayfair / Eng
      qwerty k

      Wayfair Eng

      A new grad in a new city :)
      qwerty kmore
      No network :(
      Dec 6, 2019
    • OP
      My Previous Experience is Data Scientist and my concentration in Master's degree has been Machine Learning and Data Science.
      Dec 6, 2019
  • Microsoft iamletired
    MSFT offer is obviously better for the first few years. FB is probably more in the long run with refreshers. So take MSFT and jump to FB in 3.5 years for huge TC jump. You should be able to reach SDE2 by then.
    Dec 6, 2019 4
    • Microsoft iamletired
      Of course not. There is no such thing as a blacklist, despite what you may hear.
      Dec 6, 2019
    • Microsoft iamletired
      59-60 is at least 10%. Futire bumps depends, but are usually in the 6-8% range plus merit
      Dec 6, 2019
  • Microsoft bxBd33
    FB has brutal culture. They fire/pip employees left and right. Microsoft managers can be more accommodating. The offer from MS is also better. It’s a no brainer. FB will not think twice before firing/pip.
    Dec 6, 2019 1
    • Facebook Tgko24
      Microsoft is known to be a toxic political place to work. I would say it varies by team.
      Dec 6, 2019
  • ExxonMobil EUBl41
    Microsoft in Washington. More opportunities, better location
    Dec 6, 2019 1
    • Microsoft lHcN54
      And no state tax!
      Dec 6, 2019
  • Microsoft sFAB78
    Ms will give you 2x pay by hour.
    Dec 6, 2019 0
  • Facebook


    Msft offer looks good to me
    Dec 6, 2019 0
  • Microsoft
    Tier 1


    #1 in Prestige
    Tier 1more
    Microsoft won’t give you as many refreshers.
    Cost of living here is much lower. No state income tax here.

    Microsoft won’t work you to tears like Facebook will.
    Dec 6, 2019 0
  • Microsoft NotYourHR
    Msft is a solid choice with great growth
    Dec 6, 2019 0
  • Google dinoball
    I would think go FB.

    FB is a sweatshop so expect to be there for less than 3 yrs max. If you can last longer, that’s a good thing.

    Once you get into FB, you can get into most other companies quite easily. You can get into Microsoft anytime, but not FB.
    Dec 6, 2019 5
    • OP
      Considering that I would want to shift to ML field later on what would you suggest?
      Dec 6, 2019
    • Google dinoball
      Sorry I’m not in ML field, but I would guess starting to do some ML on your own free time is your best bet to get your foot in the door.
      Dec 7, 2019
  • Verizon Digital Media Services nahhhhh12
    Locationwise, you have to ask yourself if you want to hit on overweight girls in grunge clothes or cry yourself to sleep alone every night?
    Dec 6, 2019 0


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