-ers and the Club,
I urgently need an opinion of several people regarding my situation.
My ultimate goal is Venture Capital, my GPA was 3.8, my GMAT is 750, and so my intermediate goal is getting into Harvard or Stanford at all cost.
Iâ€™m 23 and only have almost a year of work experience (and I couldnâ€™t find normal work for a year after graduation). For a year I was working as a Logistics Analyst in a young distribution company supplying power cables. The company is doubling its turnover every year while maintaining a relatively small staff, so I had a wide range of duties: I was responsible for logistics/transportation planning, worked with freight brokers and warehouse management to store/deliver material to the jobsites timely, processed all the transactions except for AP in our accounting system, did billing, was involved in customer support, and Supported Sales team by performing some engineering analysis.
This Friday I received an offer to become a quality assurance manager. As a distribution company, we entirely depend on our reputation as suppliers of quality material, and the decision was made to create a small new department with me and one subordinate to design, implement and overview routine testing procedures. I will be responsible for the quality of $80,000,000 worth of material and any mistake or oversight on my part can easily put the company out of business. The position will be an engineering/managerial mix.
I probably will not be able to negotiate a significant increase in compensation, it will be around or slightly higher then average entry-level engineering level (as I am still into my first year with the company). The position requires at least 1-year commitment, as I will have to plan out the routine and make sure it works. That means that if I accept the offer, I will not have a chance to switch careers in the near future and since timing is important to me, will apply in one year with all the experience I will have at that point.
I have a weekend to decide on the offer, so I would appreciate an answer by anybody who sees this post.
The 2 questions I have are:
1) Will the experience I already have and will get in the next year be adequate for HBS/Stanford/other Ultra-Elites, or will it be my weak spot? My concern is that the company is not widely known.
2) Is compensation history being looked at during the admission process?
Thank everybody in advance for an answer.
I will cross-post this question to the other GMAT Clubbers in other subforums.