What do people weigh the most when considering multiple offers? The overall firm, or the specific department in which you'll be working?
And by "Goldman," I don't necessarily mean Goldman, but top-tier firms, in general. Same for "" -- that represents a "second-tier" firm.
I'm just trying to ascertain whether it's better to work in a bad/boring department at good firm, or good/more rewarding work at "lesser" firm.