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Unless you go to IVY, name of school you went to for your BS EE doesn't matter much.
well, IVY name scares ppl including hiring managers. IVY grads work for a few years and leave for better jobs, or often they go back to school for masters or PHD.
this is what a senior at cornell told me when i visited. "do you wanna go to grad school?" i said yes. he said "go to UMD-CP, my friends there all have 4.0's and are going to MIT for grad
And most fortune 1000 companies can't afford to hire a IVY grad because they only care about how much they can save each year to increase profit.
An engineer from tier 4 school works as hard as or harder than an IVY grad for less money
They can't afford to pay you more than other engineers because you paid $45k a year to get a degree from IVY. As I said b4, you work the same hrs and get paid the same salary (+- 1~5%). Big companies like Microsoft or Google may hire IVY grads and pay $80-90k, but there are always more IVY grads, including those who got experience in the industry, than # of ppl these companies want to hire. If you want to work, you shouldn't go to IVY.
It's been 3 years since I graduated and I can tell that chances of all MIT grads going to Goldman Sachs is very slim
And after tech bubble burst in 90's and recent years, they won't pay you $150k (salary+bonus) right after college. Believe me I know..
You said you will join startup companies.. I did exactly that right after graduation. It went bankrupt in about 7 months..., and I didn't even get my last pay check.. 2 in 10 startups survive
You are dreaming and need to wake up. Life is not simple.
Google and Microsoft can pay $80k to new grad only because they only hire a few. I did a phone interview 3 years ago with tech director for Google IT position. They only want to hire the best of the best. You don't even see their faces unless they like your transcript, resume, and phone interview #1-? (I did 2 times). And I heard they do the real interview for almost whole day. And they do the interview again and again until they like you. Getting a job at their field offices is much easier. You can't expect to go to thier main office with just a diploma.