I've been at Accenture for the past three years, joining as an Analyst from university. I am currently a mid-level Consultant, base pay 49k, with a guaranteed skills bonus of 15%, total package standing at 56.5k.
I've been offered a job at a small FS start-up who are looking to expand, base of 70k with equity.
Would you recommend moving away from a strong brand (Accenture) to an unknown entity for more money and more interesting work (hopefully)? I am concerned that my future opps may be limited, but keen to get people's thoughts.
Honestly wouldn't bother.
Start ups are extremely intense environments leading to poor work/life balance, where you have many founders with unrealistic expectations of what to expect from their employees e.g. expecting unconditional loyalty for paying their wage as opposed to understanding that people are working for a living to survive. Hence, politically you have to be seen as an evangelist of the company by going 110% at all times, otherwise you will not survive.
Equity also means nothing, more chance of winning the lottery. 90% of start ups fail.
If doing a sales related role, you will also be under a lot of pressure to sell, given starts up are for expanding aggressively with a limited budget. The sales team in every start up I have worked in has it the hardest.
Start ups also do not enhance your CV, since being corporate I am having twice as many opportunities than when I was working in start ups despite the work being a lot harder where attrition rate is high from impatient founders getting rid of them.
Since you have worked at accenture, find another corporate to join (with a relaxed culture) but go in at a senior position. You will be able to earn as much as the start up with less stress with a better brand name on your cv.