Google vs. Epic

I have two offers to choose from. One is to be a Project Manager / Implementation Consultant at Epic (Madison, WI). I have no idea what this job does. The other is to be a Product Quality Analyst at Google (Mountain View, CA). I don't have a good understanding of this job either, but here is Google's own job posting:…

I'm not old enough to be clear on my long term goals, but I do know that I want the job that provides more interesting and higher impact work and leaves stronger exit opportunities. I appreciate your comments.

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May 6, 2012 - 3:47pm

Epic is one of the top electronic medical records companies in the country. If you are interested in health care, go that route. I have a buddy who worked at Meditech, which is similar to Epic. He kinda hated the job.

The Google job is exactly what the description says. Google brand name is better than Epic, fwiw, but the job doesn't sound all that interesting.

You are graduating from college - get your shit together. You are old enough to have at least some idea of your long term goals.

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May 6, 2012 - 4:07pm

Seeing how you're on WSO, there's a good chance you're interested in something finance-related. Google will pave a way towards something in that field down the line more so than Epic can.

When recruiting for IBD/PE/HF etc., the Google brand name, coupled with select line-items on your resume demonstrating quantitative value-add (performed X to increase Y by Z%), is more in-line with your stated goals.

May 6, 2012 - 4:22pm

I've never worked in finance. I studied economics in school. I am a hard worker and I want to pick the job that offers the most interesting and difficult work. I don't want an easy job. Is finance where I should aim for in the long run?

Edit: I should note that there are some things that worry me that might not be obvious. Google seems extremely bureaucratic and I don't know if the non-engineering side is the right place for an ambitious person. With Epic I'm worried about being pigeonholed into healthcare.

May 6, 2012 - 4:29pm

This site isn't really appropriate for your question. Talk to some alums from your school who have worked at each company, and bring up your concerns. You sound, like me, indecisive. You are not going to be able to determine, objectively, which position is the better long-term choice, but you will drive yourself crazy trying. Find out what you can about each position, read some reviews on glassdoor, and then choose the one that feels the best to you.

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May 6, 2012 - 4:35pm

luke77: thanks. I've read everything on glassdoor. I've also read quite a few threads on here, including some similar posts. The problem is that I don't know any alumni who've worked at either company (and I have tried). I've already set up a meeting with career services as well. I appreciate your concern for my sanity.

May 6, 2012 - 4:43pm

How did you go through the interview process without learning what the jobs entail? Did you ask the interviewer any questions? If the people that interviewed you actually did those jobs I'd send them an email basically saying "I'm trying to decide between a few offers...could you run through what you do during a typical day/week to give me a better idea about the job?"

May 6, 2012 - 7:54pm

I can tell you that Epic will, in fact, pigeonhole you into healthcare (unless you go back to school or do something else drastic).

I agree with GetOnTop- how you can get an offer without understanding the actual positions baffles me a bit.

If you don't know anything about finance at this point, I don't think it's for you.

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