For career growth in product is it better to try and work at a larger, big name company? Or find someplace with good people regardless of size? Money obviously factors in here too.

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As much as it may be annoying, working in product for a large brand or company will look good on your resume if you do well there. That position could get you in the door to a higher position somewhere that has a great team and a good name.

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I think teams determine success so much more than brand names, BUT I think it really depends on what your exact career end goals are too.

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Agreed and impact of work is also important. So if you’re at a big brand name only doing grunt work, it’s not going to reflect well on a resume

Depends on multiple factors. If you have multiple years of experience in product and are looking to progress in the field:
1. If you want to progress in certain areas where you have less experience then sometimes smaller firms with more role flexibility is good. That gives you the opportunity to cross boundaries and try more things and learn more.
2. If you want to move to higher positions (lead, manager, etc) and want to open doors for other big leaps then having a big name on your resume will help.

Having the right role helps with both though, as you will be more confident in your future interviews if you have the experience irrespective of whether it is a big company or smaller one.

As for money, I find sometimes smaller companies as competitive as well. And I always find that it's easier to move up in smaller companies, than bigger ones where they have set system for it.

There’s a reason everyone is racing to work at MAANG. My career has been only smaller companies and I’ve loved that and found enough success that I’m not regretting my path but it’s def easier once you have MAANG on your resume.

I am definitely interested in talking more about this. Will DM you. Thanks!

As far as wht will look best on your resume, its definitely better to work for a larger more well known company. However, good people and good culture are really hard to come by. It really depends on what you value most.

Working at a larger more widely known company could be a big advantage for your resume. But keep in mind that you also have to consider the environment and work culture you're getting yourself into.

The decision lies completely in your hands, but if I were to choose, I'd take the bigger company. It's better for the resume.

I think working at a smaller place gave me more visibility into different processes, and it helped me figure out what I wanted down the line. I feel like being niche at a big place is kinda the goal ultimately

Start at an average size company to get your feet wet and get some experience. Once you have a skills on your resume you can apply to larger companies

It actually depends. Being a part of a big company will teach you so many skills. However, greater pressure and responsibilities come with it.

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