Take a chance on something new (with a TC bump) or stay with something I like?



Bell Helicopter
Dec 14, 2019 5 Comments

Background: working in operations, FTE paid hourly, 4 YOE

Current TC - 75k base, ~100k including overtime. About 12k in vested RSUs with an unvested total of about 60k at current stock price.

For the first time in my career, I’m starting to get approached by recruiters on LinkedIn. Honestly, I’m pretty happy with my life right now. 5 years ago I would never have expected to be working in tech, in a job that I find interesting and exciting and with a team that I get along with well. I’m flattered that other companies are interesting in recruiting me though, and I won’t lie that I’m enticed by the possibility of a bump in TC.

A recruiter from an entertainment company (streaming platform) has reached out to me about a Data Analyst opportunity (on an Engineering team) which seems like something I would enjoy and be good at, and the pay range is 130-160k, a substantial bump from where I’m at now. It’s still early in the process, but I’m already torn about what to do. One caveat is that it would start in a contracted position with quarterly evaluations for conversion to FTE based on available headcount.

I believe in potential growth opportunities at my current company, but I’m also conscious that the potential for personal growth and salary increase in operations is limited in comparison to an engineering team role.

Do I take a chance on a whole new team and new role with a potential 30-60% jump in compensation or stick it out a bit longer at my current company, wait for more RSUs to vest, and keep working my way up while crossing my fingers for our stock value to climb?


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TOP 5 Comments
  • Snapchat skjfnrbh
    Avoid contractor. The bar is too low and they are treated as disposable. Get and offer and request full time to start.
    Dec 14, 2019 1
    • New / Design ⭐️⭐️⭐️
      Agreed, many people don’t respect contractors either so having contracting in work history isn’t the best. I’ve also heard some people get stuck on contracting hell and just jump from contracting to contracting positions.
      Dec 14, 2019
  • Valve / Eng

    Valve Eng

    Depends on how much you desire or value security right now. If you're young; no roots or dependents, I'd do it. Better to take a chance and fail then wonder "what if"
    Dec 14, 2019 1
    • Snapchat / Product sb16
      Snap isn't secure anyways 😅
      Dec 14, 2019
  • Walmart / Supply/Log kaleen_b
    Agreed with deepak69 except I would always play with FTE offers/roles. Quarterly reviews are too aggressive.
    Dec 14, 2019 0


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