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What’s the rationale of people who move from FAANG, MBB or MSFT to small companies?

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Cashing in on the name, doing something that excites/motivates them, and big fish in a small pond are the reasons a few of the folks have given me.

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Smaller companies offer a lot of opportunities to do a very diverse set of work, the trade off is loss of name recognition If done right it can be a great career move though

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Hard to think about moving to small companies, also, they don’t appreciate us as much as large companies since we come from a very different background also the pay is less.

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^this. Some folks at small companies don't get what it takes to be from a competative consulting firm.

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Came here to say this. Also, if you’re a strategic hire for a small shop, they usually have no problem matching your package (here in Europe at least)

Equity opportunities.

big companies can sometimes get boring af

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