Need help to decide: Coinbase vs box

Sep 26, 2019 24 Comments

Have two offers: Coinbase in SF and box in Redwood city. Coinbase already doing H1B transfer and got receipt notice. Now I got offer from box which is paying way higher and is IPO-ed since Coinbase is not IPO and has no plans to IPO soon.

Coinbase:

160K base, 50K equity, 30K signon bonus
Title: IC4

Box:

190K-210K base, 80-100K equity, 10K signon bonus
Title: Senior Software Engineer

Which one do I pick ? Compensation wise box is way higher. But given Coinbase already doing H1B and box has to start the process and also, tech stack/future might be better in Coinbase, I’m having a hard time to decide.

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TOP 24 Comments
  • WeWork RPvk36
    Coinbase is a good company. Box is boring
    Sep 26, 2019 1
    • ServiceNow GpWd05
      OP
      Money wise, they’re not IPO and pay less base salary
      Sep 26, 2019
  • Symantec GoRams
    How is the future better at Coinbase?
    Sep 26, 2019 2
    • ServiceNow GpWd05
      OP
      Since, Coinbase is the main cryptocurrency exchange in US while box has one drive/ google drive as competitors. Box stock also falling since cloud content management getting too mainstream.
      Sep 26, 2019
    • Symantec GoRams
      BTC is down. So are all crypto's
      Starboard has been buying Box. Read about what they do to companies. My advice, join Box and keep leetcoding
      Sep 26, 2019
  • Cornerstone infstone
    What did you choose
    Sep 27, 2019 6
    • Uber / Design Amaquiting
      Cb didn’t even bump up the offer a lil for you?
      Nov 11, 2019
    • ServiceNow saintly
      Nope
      Nov 11, 2019
    • Uber / Design Amaquiting
      Hmm.. they seem to value their equity a lot. Couldn’t match up m other FANG offer as well. But I’m joining CB
      Nov 11, 2019
    • ServiceNow saintly
      Cool, good luck! Their tech stack is solid for sure!
      Nov 11, 2019
    • Uber / Design Amaquiting
      You as well! Fingers crossed both companies do well
      Nov 11, 2019
  • Nutanix a.out
    YOE? Box equity seems low..
    Sep 26, 2019 3
    • ServiceNow GpWd05
      OP
      4 YOE. They said 19000 units for 4 years and calculating the yearly price: 19000*17/4= 80750
      Sep 26, 2019
    • Nutanix a.out
      Ok. BOX is much stable compared to coin base. But then you might have more exciting time at coin base and more learning I think. Talk to someone from either companies and decide?
      Sep 26, 2019
    • ServiceNow GpWd05
      OP
      Yes, I talked to employees in Coinbase and everyone talks about very energetic environment and tech stack is Golang, Ruby. Someone said I can sell pre IPO equity to investors if that’s my worry. I still need to talk to Box employees.
      Sep 26, 2019
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    teamedwardmore
    Box is a no brainer, total package is much better. Always go for cash in hand.
    Sep 26, 2019 1
    • ServiceNow GpWd05
      OP
      Thanks for the advice! Really appreciate it!
      Sep 26, 2019
  • Go with Box ! U are low balled at coinbase!
    Sep 26, 2019 1
    • ServiceNow GpWd05
      OP
      I felt that as well. But in general, seems like Coinbase pays low to IC4. They didn’t have me as Senior SWE which I think I am.
      Sep 26, 2019
  • That TC is on the lower end for senior but I think Senior Software with 4 yoe is better that I usually see. Whats your tc at service now?
    Sep 26, 2019 1
    • ServiceNow GpWd05
      OP
      I’m earning around $230K as of now.
      Sep 26, 2019
  • Negotiate for more. Show them your offer and sure Coinbase will match it. I wouldn't join Box
    Sep 26, 2019 1
    • ServiceNow GpWd05
      OP
      Yes I’m in big dilemma 😆
      Sep 26, 2019

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