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What should a new grad optimize for when choosing a full-time job?

So I have offers from a huge company, Facebook, as well as a smaller company, a recently-acquired Startup whose name isn't as well-known but is one of the leaders in a really cool field.

Facebook is offering more money by a good but not massive margin, and I imagine that Facebook is very good for being able to change teams if I want to explore a new technology. Facebook's history of stock appreciation is also a good sign. I was also really impressed by the office. And I wonder if Facebook is a good place to start if only because it puts me in a solid position for my next job (it may be easier to go from Facebook -> startup versus startup -> Facebook).

At the startup my team would already be chosen, but it's in an area I like so that's not an issue. Switching teams is probably easy, but options would be more limited. It's pretty much on par with FB in terms of company culture and the people I met. I'm sure I'd enjoy working at either. The product at the startup is very appealing to me, but Facebook's product areas aren't bad at all since they have their hands in everything. I also prefer the location of the startup (SF vs FB Seattle).

So I'm not sure how to approach this, whether money is as big a factor as I think, or whether product makes a difference at all. Considering there's a chance I'd be moving elsewhere after 2-4 years anyway, I'm wondering whether any older, wiser Blinders have advice for approaching this.



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