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I am a graduating senior majoring in computer science and I got a job offer from Antra. They are offering $60,000 annual and have a $12,000 penalty if I leave during my first year. The company is located in dulles virginia. Just looking for advice on if the company is reputed and if I should join them or not? Additional info: I am having a hard time even getting interviews and this is the only offer I have right now. And I am an international student

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I have never heard of this. I'd consider it a bit of a red flag. Have you talked to current employees about quality of management, work life balance, etc?

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You’ll be amazed how fast that first year flies by, don’t let that scare you off if you are otherwise interested.

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This seems like a big red flag to me. I can understand sign up bonuses, but this almost makes it seem like they are a bad place to work using financial means to pressure people into sticking through whatever.

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That seems steep if f it isn’t a bonus or covering visa processing costs. I’m not familiar with Antra so couldn’t say if it’s worth it

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Have you tried the big consulting shops? They are oversold so bad that they might extend offer to CS grads. They have a signing bonus that has a clawback but you’ll enjoy a higher base.

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One year is short time for a career especially when it’s your first job. Unless you really don’t like the people and fit you should really consider it given your other prospects.

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Please don’t accept it! My younger brother ran into situations like this and ended up with an offer for $140k at a computer engineering firm. Keep applying and networking.

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Not to mention, how would they ever collect it? Your last paycheck is all that they could 'garnish.' I think you should stay away.

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Here’s my roadmap for you. Take it. Learn everything they use and apply. Use your first year to figure out adjacent areas in your domain that are projected to be in demand. Learn everything in that domain through self study. Demand the role and the salary you deserve at that point with your next employer. Repeat the cycle a few times until you find your dream job and compensation package. Also, don’t forget the side gigs that you can pick up along the way. 

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Is it normal for consulting companies to have such a penalty?

I have to pay out my bonus if I quit within the first year

There is no bonus. They want me to pay 12,000 if I leave in my first year

Are they paying for a visa or something?

I will be on OPT so no. They are giving me initial training for 4 weeks tho and hence are trying to justify the 12,000 dollar penalty.

Seems steep. But given that’s the only offer you have....maybe you can try to negotiate it down? Otherwise, just grind it out for a year and move on

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Wait on another offer to compare it to lol

Is the penalty your only blocker? If yes, take the job. After college, a lot depends on what we do with the job we get. Focus on getting the experience.

The offer seems low for that type of stipulation to be attached 

Could you please point me to Antra’s website? Also what technologies are they training you on?

Opportunity seldom comes. If this the only opportunity and you seriously think it will help you. Ask yourself, would I work here for the next year or two. If the answer is ,Yes,, then what's the issue. Now , if you do find a better job, an employer who wants you, tell them you situation, ask them for 12k joining fee.

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