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18 points by toocool 11 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 18 comments |
I posted another thread a few days ago related to my possible job move from a startup where I had a very successful career to a Google-like company (it's one of the big 4), mostly because I'm bored in my current situation (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14908269).
I realize the biggest cause of my boredom is that as a software engineer I'm not that capable and I am not improving in my current situation (I am comparing myself against some of my peers who work in other tech companies in SV). My "vast" success in the startup has been mostly due to most of our engineering team being outsourced towards cheap and junior talent in foreign countries (no prejudice! I immigrated in SV myself from another country, I'm just stating what my experience has been so far).
I realize that in order to improve I really need to be the dumbest guy in the room, which is very likely what I would experience at this "Google" environment.
Family and friends are telling me it doesn't really make sense, since I go from a startup where I have completely proven myself and am essentially free to do whatever I want (almost a "rest and vest" scenario) to a place where I would have to build my reputation from scratch, and even getting a lower title (I have a technical director-like role whereas "Google" is offering me a standard senior software engineer).
Do you have stories where a move such as this backfired on you?
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