GS Trading Strats vs. Google/Facebook SWE

Interned at both places and got offers from both. Very fortunate !!
However, not sure which path I want to take -- I love the dynamic/fast nature of finance but definitely enjoyed both. Compensation wise Google/Facebook pays better. Not sure how compensation progression looks like as a trading strats at GS?
Also, how hard it is to go from trading strats (more like quant/quant dev) --> FAANG SWE and vice versa?

Very confused as I have to make my decisions pretty soon. Any input will be greatly appreciated! Thank you =)

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Aug 12, 2019

Google/Facebook pays better?

Aug 12, 2019

Yeah probably.

Not sure if S&T comp at GS is in line with the 90kish base + 30-50 (not sure what the ranges for top, med, bottom bucket IC is nowadays). Even if it was, that puts it at a 120 - 140k range,

FB / Google at a major city would prob offer 120-130ish + housing stipend. Probably not that much more, if at all, but definitely on par if not higher if S&T is a notch under IBD comp.

Growth trajectory definitely more favorable at GS though.

Aug 15, 2019

Also stock based comp though. I know people making 250+ for their first four years in SWE if that is included.

Aug 12, 2019

GS trading strats has potential exits to hedge fund platforms as a portfolio manager making 15% of your PnL. Not a guarantee of any kind....just potential.

goog/FB will have better quality of life...potentially more political as you rise up the corp ladder...but that's everywhere.

If your end goal is to be a portfolio manager at a hedge fund, then goto GS
if its not, then goto Goog/FB.

just google it...you're welcome

Aug 14, 2019

The gs strat title includes guys who make dashboards for traders. Not saying anything bad about that, but it might not be what you signed up for.

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Aug 16, 2019

That would be very sad, but I've worked for the team and i don't think that will be very likely to happen.

Aug 14, 2019

Take FB/Google

Aug 16, 2019

why? can you elaborate on that?

Aug 15, 2019

I would pick the one where you had the most fun during your internship

Aug 15, 2019

Would 100% take FB/Google

Aug 16, 2019
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