Nov 28, 2018 - 11:27 AM
Ask 10 different people (including me), “Between Intel, Google, Apple, and Venmo, which job offer would you accept and why?” and you will likely get 10 different answers. But I can tell you we’d all approach the question the same way: get completely honest with yourself about what really matters, evaluate the offers objectively and side by side, and see what you can negotiate.
As you evaluate what’s most important to you, make sure you also have the right data to make objective comparisons between the offers. Consider using an online job offer evaluator to help organize your information and even create a decision matrix.
As you prepare to negotiate, think in terms of the entire compensation package. Factor in the value you place on things like commute length, opportunities for growth, and work-life balance. Remote work arrangements, childcare stipends, increased sign-on bonuses, accelerated promotion, or greater PTO may be negotiable. Take into consideration the actual department you’ll be working in, and whether its culture differs from the rest of the company.
Finally, be pragmatic. You’ll be spending over one-third of your life for the foreseeable future with one of these companies. Where will you thrive the most? If you are good enough to receive offers from multiple elite tech companies, chances are it won’t be your last great opportunity. Don’t let a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) keep you from being true to the person you look at in the mirror every morning before going to work.
Aug 19, 2018 - 07:22 PM
Venmo is still relatively small and growing. If you work there you will know names and faces and enjoy some degree of camaraderie. You will probably have a greater diversity of projects to work on and have more responsibility than at the other three companies. If you want to work with a large company in which you will find your niche and be able to work on your expertise, Google, Apple, and Intel are better choices.
If you like a high-pressure atmosphere where everyone brings their A-game, Google and Apple push their employees to excel. That's not a bad thing, however, as it fosters a creative workplace. Intel is another huge corporation that expects high achievement, yet each division there will have its own culture. You should research the job area in which you have interest on the Intel career website to get a feel for the company.