Old(ish) and established, or hot new startup?
June 18, 2014 4:27 PM Subscribe
I'm in a good position; I'm being pursued by two big tech companies for a public policy/government relations/privacy role, at a regional (ie multi-country) manager level. One is an established giant, the other is a hot, extremely well-funded and rapidly expanding startup. But which to choose? Hope me, MeFites!
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What I'm looking for is personal experience working in tech companies, particularly the differences in working for:
a) a established giant such as The Fruit Company or The Googles, or
b) single-app VC-funded startups going through rapid growth (eg Lyft, Sidecar, Uber, Tinder, Snapchat, Whatsapp) acting on the 'move fast and break things' disruption philosophy and bent on world domination, local laws be damned.
The work in both options is attractive to me, but I'm coming from the public sector, so it's not clear to me what the working cultures in these kinds of businesses are like, what the people who work there are like, or what kind of salary I could expect or negotiate for.
Would my future prospects be better with the big giant on my resume, rather than a successful startup? I'm reasonably confident that this startup is going to survive medium term - they have a very high valuation, good revenue, and a global reach.
Any and all advice appreciated.