Mid size company vs a very promising startup

New hyLx85
Mar 31, 2018 6 Comments

I have close to 4 years of industry experience with PhD and I am trying to make a decision between both of the following companies:

- A bigger company with 3000 employees a decent base salary with RSUs (think Twitter)

- A smaller series B company with 300 employees with close to 100 engineers but at least +25k more on the base and impressive equity

The technology stack and peers are comparable.

My experience till date has always been in a company < 50 employees. Do you think joining the bigger company will be better for my career than joining the series B startup?


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TOP 6 Comments
  • Facebook fxau82
    I'd say go with the one that interests you more.

    However, since you already have experience with a smaller company, depending on your age it might be worth going for the bigger one.
    Mar 31, 2018 2
    • New hyLx85
      As in age > 35 bigger company?
      Mar 31, 2018
    • Facebook fxau82
      I don't want to say a number because that's up to you, but something like that. I'm sure someone more experienced than me could give a better perspective though.
      Mar 31, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng kst
    the one that value speed and hence move fast. you can learn much more in a team that’s hyper productive.
    Mar 31, 2018 0
  • Instart Logic / Ops

    Instart Logic Ops

    One thing I realized recently is that having a “Google” or a “Facebook” in your resume gives you a lot of leverage and credibility no matter what your achievements are in a series B company. So if this mid sized company is a well known brand, I’d go for it. That said, if you are convinced about this series B company having a good exit, you can consider it too. Because equity without exit is worthless.
    Mar 31, 2018 0
  • Daimler QdLO47
    It depends on your priorities and growth. Think where you want to be in 3 years and want to achieve and see which company offers more of what you want in the future
    Mar 31, 2018 0


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