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Chemical Engineering 15 days ago

SpaceX Engineering Offer

I have been offered a position as a chemical engineer in SpaceX's Starlink program and its hard to know if this is a wise move, in comparison to an offer I received as an entry level engineer with Rio Tinto in more traditional heavy industry.  I interned at Tesla, Rio, and at a couple chemical startups. Any thoughts on the kind of career opportunities I would be qualified for after a stint at SpaceX? 
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SpaceX
Starlink Engineer
Austin, TX or Hawthorne, CA
Total per year
$119K
Level
Entry
Base
$96K
Total stock grant
$110K
Bonus
$10K
Years at company
0 Years
Years exp
2 Years
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Rio Tinto
Graduate Chemical Engineer
Salt Lake City, UT
Total per year
$100K
Level
Entry
Base
$85K
Total stock grant
$0
Bonus
$15K
Years at company
0 Years
Years exp
2 Years
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Schlumberger
Wireline Engineer
Northern Alaska
Total per year
$103K
Level
Entry
Base
$89K
Total stock grant
$0
Bonus
$13K
Years at company
0 Years
Years exp
2 Years
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madscienceSoftware Engineer 15 days ago
I think it probably comes down to what you prefer to work on and what kind of culture you like best. SpaceX definitely carries greater name recognition, but obviously has a bit of a negative reputation for their work culture.
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