Thankful to receive an offer to work in finance at either Facebook or Twitter, exactly same role (finance accounting manager) at each one. Trying to think through each opportunity and could use another opinion.
FB - Incredible success in monthly active user growth, reach/relevance/engagement and monetization of its platform to date. FB outlook is strong investments in both its product and business model.
Twitter - Struggling with stagnant user growth, re-defining it's core value as a product, and lots of flux at the exec level. Many wonder whether Twitter has reached it's natural revenue ceiling, might struggle to refocus on growth, leaving it exposed to the fast pace change of tech where some other phenomenal idea will shift the paradigm and change the social platform.
Based on the above, from purely a Company outlook, stock based comp perspective, FB is a no brainer. However, assuming all other variables are the same (base comp, benefits,) as well as professional development and learning opportunities, other considerations I had were:
-Commute- Twitter is in SF. 10 minute walk. Can sell my car. Reinvest 3 hours of my life everyday into something more meaningful than commuting. FB would be a 3 hr round trip commute.
-Team - FB is huge. 9k employees. TWTR - 4k employees. The finance team is somewhat proportional. I would have a larger footprint at TWTR.
-Culture- Because of all of the appealing things about FB thatI listed out above, there are a lot of young, alpha type A people at FB. Very smart people that I'm sure I can learn from, but also very competitive. I can imagine a lot of politics coming into play in order to get opportunities and visibility. While TWTR also has a lot of smart folks on the team, I get a feeling it's less competitive and cut throat, which I would prefer.
Basically, I think I would have a much better work life balance at TWTR, at a time in my life (early 30's) where I need more of that.
Both Companies have changed the world, have distinct purposes, and still have the potential to change the world. Despite everything I said about TWTR above, I still believe that they can make some bold decisions and grow to its fullest potential.
Appreciate some advice NT.