Post grad work

November 8, 2008 – 9:35 am

I’m at the point where I’ve gotten all the job offers that I was expecting and now I have to decide where I’m going to spend the next 5-7 years of my life…

Two problems
1) I have no idea how to make this decision.
There are two companies I knew would be a hard decision and a third that totally blindsided me as far as interest goes. For the sake of argument lets call the two primary companies Google and Apple as those are two places I’d never ever ever work.

Apple is offering more money base but if we adjust for cost of living it’s basically the same amount. They’re both located in areas of the nation where I would enjoy living (though Apple is a bit sunnier). At Apple I have an amazing set of friends that are all distressingly clever and fun to be around (but they’re new); at Google I have some long standing friends from undergrad that I love hanging out with and I had a wonderful time hanging out with new folks that were in my interview group after we finished for the day. Both places make amazing products and I’d love to work on both (I’ve already played with the Apple stuff but Google has a lot more breadth if I ever want to do something else). And, of course, we can’t forget that no matter what I choose I’ll end up having problems with burnout at booth Google and Apple.

The third place, call it Lockheed Martin, is a totally different ballgame. It’s located in a much cheaper area of the States than the other two and has a higher (adjusted) salary… BUT I don’t think I’d like the area as much as the other places (and I don’t have any roots there). The majority of the work I do there will be classified so I get a security clearance and get to do cool things but that means I can’t tell anybody about what I do which is bad (as well as I have no idea what I would be working on when I start). However, since this would be a lot of work for the government I’d be working 40 hour weeks and burnout would almost assuredly not be a problem.

2) I have nobody I can really ask for help
Having already finished one degree and gone to industry once I’m as experienced as most of the people I know and those that are more experienced than I don’t really want to bother with my angsty ponderings.

So yea, two problems and an addendum:
3) I really want to get a dog and that’d be easier at Google (because of the area) than at Apple — how lame would it be to end up at one place over another just because I felt it would be better for my pet-owning ambitions?

  1. One Response to “Post grad work”

  2. Hmmm.I would definitely eliminate the Lockheed Martin.Between Google and Apple? Tough decision. If you like challenge, I would prefer Apple because people are new there. If you want to be on the safer side, Google sounds good, since you already have good relationships there. Plus, you can get a dog! How nice is it?
    Generally, I would consider 2 important factors, choosing a job:
    1- Where will I be happy?
    2- Money.
    I hope this insight helps and good luck!

    By Tanla on Jan 27, 2009

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