I would really appreciate your advice on a question I am facing: should I quit my MBB consulting role to join Uber as an Operations Manager in a new city they are launching?
My background: I am currently a junior at an MBB ( joined 2-3 years ago), located in an emerging markets country and currently working on sending MBA applications. Overall career goal has been to make it as a project manager and then to exit for a Tech company, ideally with P&L responsibility.
I have received an offer to join Uber as an Operations Manager (would be the only role, for now at least) as they want to enter in my city. The role seems to be a mix of operations management (calculate operational KPIs, set-up the processes such as onboarding drivers etc.) and business development (find insights on how to grow the business, adapt the app to the local environment)
- The pay is below what I currently earn and will be significantly lower than the one I would receive when I return from my MBA, 2 years from now
- Slower career trajectory
- Risk of Uber being blocked in my city and exiting the country (due to regulations)
- Risk of being pigeonholed as an operations guy, whilst I want to focus more on the commercial strategy/business development side
+ good brand name
+ hands-on entrepreneurial experience for two years vs staying in a classroom and reading case studies
+ very good entry into Tech (could further leverage to join other companies such as Google/Apple) which is one of the industries I want to work in later-on (I don't want to make partner in consulting)
+ high growth potential (the company is growing like crazy and there is a lot of room at the top)
+ best-in-class knowledge gained: Uber is at the cutting edge of innovation in its industry and there would be a lot of knowledge to gain
+ slightly better work-life balance
+ the idea of building a business from scratch whilst having resources and guidance from other countries, really excites me. It seems to be a mandate to exercise my entrepreneurial muscle (or lack of) without taking the financial risk of building a start-up
+ can leverage the experience at Uber to launch my own start-up (there are several opportunities for tech businesses in my country)
So, what do you guys think? Have I missed any of the positives and negatives? Should I join Uber or should I continue going through the typical consulting track (would probably reach project manager role in ~5 years).