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150k plus 10% annual bonus at startup vs 130k at FAANG? What should i pick?

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FAANG because we’re heading into a recession.


It’s not that straightforward. FAANG aren’t immune to layoffs in this uncertain climate either. A startup with plenty of funding and at least 2 year runway could be a better bet, but ultimately you have to be the one to evaluate whether the startup could sell their products in a market where people are squeezing budgets. Also if you’re taking on a more essential role in the startup, your chance of being laid off might be lower there than being a low tenure FAANG employee.


Faang probably better for linear career development--you'll have many mentors that can help you improve. More uncertain whether you'll have that at startups (especially if they're earlier)


Why don’t you see if FAANG will match the base or come closer at least ?


If you value growth and development than I would recommend FAANG, even if it’s for a short time. The work, mentorship, and future potential far outweigh a $35k yearly difference right now. Plus, the startup offer is dime a dozen, it will always be there at various startups if you decide you hate big tech.


For some FAANG companies you’ll be getting RSUs at great value and do your research if both companies have historically laid people off during 07/08 and 2020 during uncertain times.

Do you get stock/ISOs at the startup? More risk, but higher reward. If there’s a recession though, may be better to take the safer option of FAANG.

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