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What would you choose if you were in your mid 20s- A great company in a very tiny city or a relatively unknown company in a big city. Let's assume the pay, benefits etc are great for both.

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Great company in tiny city if you don’t have a brand name on your resume. If you already have a big name then go the other one.

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I think it’s also beneficial to look at the city, where would you be living? What the kind of people would you be interacting with? As these are completely different and likely will affect you differently in life

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Is the unknown company in the big city also “great” in terms of the people, the work, and the work life balance? If yes, personally I would choose the unknown company in the big city if that’s the kind of lifestyle you enjoy.

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I would be looking to build my resume, so great company in the tiny city. Since the opposite is an unknown company, I'm assuming the great company is well known. There might be opportunities to transfer. Or you stay for just 1-2 years and hope to the city you really want to be in. I can't stress enough how many more doors are opened by well known names on your resume. People are a lot more impressed when they know a company, worked for the company, know others who worked for the company.... Assistant Manager at Coca-Cola: Wow!! Associate Manager at Midwest Beverages: hmm, is that like a grocery store manager? Is that an entry level position? How much exposure did they really get? The caveat is that a company that is unknown nationally, may be very well known regionally.

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Big city. Easy. Explore the hell out of SF, live in different neighborhoods, make new friends (and maybe more). Find your passion. Then try your best to align it w your day job, or find it within work!

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Unknown company in big city. There is big value in having easy access to culture, nightlife, restaurants, major sports and other young people especially when you're young. Overall atmosphere REALLY matters if you're LGBTQ, a person of color, immigrant, or possibly female. I'm 2 of the above, and being in a big city makes a big difference.

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Gonna need specifics

Not an hour away from Des Moines, but I feel like this is a Walmart Bentonville type of deal

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