It’s a question we’ve all heard in the Bay Area: Should I make big bucks working for X company or join a startup?
A two-year-old post on this topic is still sparking discussion on online question forum Quora. A user writes, “I’m 28 and making $450,000 a year at Google. I love my job and everything I’ve been told indicates I’m on the fast track career wise. Will it ever make sense for me to leave for a startup?” The responses are mixed.
The top-voted answer says to stay, noting that he or she should “ride the fast track as far as it goes” and that the “startup game” will still be around in 10 years. “You have a good thing going, and you shouldn’t cash out now,” Michael O. Church wrote on Sunday. “You’ll probably never lose your high position in the tech industry, but you might lose the rapid salary growth that Google is giving you.”
$450,000 a year is, indeed, a pretty nice sum.
Several people point out that the question creates more questions: What kind of startup does he or she have in mind? Are they founding one, or joining an existing company? What do they do at Google? Others say that 28 is too young to cling to job security and longevity. If they have to ask a question about leaving Google, it’s probably time to leave.
An anonymous user gave gruff advice: “Dude, stop bragging. Shut up and go back to work.”
There’s no update on the Quora user’s decision. Maybe he or she is still at Google. (If the user is a software engineer, they already have one of the best jobs in the country, according to Glassdoor. See the full list below.) Either way, the user is in good company on Quora. Should this person join Microsoft or a startup? Should this user work for a hedge fund, startup or Facebook? What about a Google product manager job or a VP position at a startup? One person just wants to know why successful Googlers stay there. What would you do in this situation?