Affirm vs. FAANG New Grad Offers

Apple / Eng il1
Aug 25, 2018 26 Comments

Got offers from Google and Affirm.

Affirm seems to have high-calibre people and is expanding quickly, while Google is stable and I’ll have opportunities to work on different products.

Where should I go considering career growth, learning, and company prospects?

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TOP 26 Comments
  • Google / Eng Doogler1
    Do not!! come to google for career growth/learning. Go to a small co
    Aug 25, 2018 3
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      Is it that bad lol
      I suppose it depends on the team?
      Aug 25, 2018
    • Google / Eng Doogler1
      Google is where startup burnouts/casualties come to retire
      Aug 25, 2018
    • Uber eR76qr
      Does this advice apply to new-grads?

      I would expect that any skilled T3 would have opportunities to get promoted at least once, but of course I could be wrong.
      Aug 25, 2018
  • Apple / Eng ekcidjbf
    Google might be the best option to learn some good engineering practices and get a strong brand on your resume, assuming you can be matched to a team that you like. You will have the data to make a decision after team matching and offer negotiation with Google. If you don’t like the team, don’t waste away for a year hoping to transfer. I don’t know Affirm well. Your experience at Apple also depends on the team, I like mine but it varies.
    Aug 25, 2018 4
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      Solid advice!
      Aug 25, 2018
    • Affirm 650califor
      It's much easier to get into any fast growing startup than FANG. Getting that strong brand name on your resume will help you forever
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Google JPpr12
      Exactly! Join Google, get it on your resume to make sure that you get interview calls easily for at least next 5-10 years.

      You can generally have more impact on the company if the company is smaller, but as a new grad, I doubt you have the skillset to make a huge impact.

      Why not join Google, gain some skills and then switch to a smaller startup where you can use them? That's my career plan too :) Google till L5 and then startup hopping
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      Good point! I actually really agree
      Aug 27, 2018
  • Google / Eng Skxuebsj28
    Get Google on your resume, stay a few years, then decide next steps. People treat me much differently now when they see I’m at Google. It’s ridiculous but true.
    Aug 26, 2018 1
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      Yea! I heard it makes a big difference
      Aug 27, 2018
  • Facebook bfcc
    Brand names matter. It's the safe advice, like how good college is insurance against failure. People might not like it, but it opens up doors as long as it's somewhere on your resume.

    It's not even a bad choice either, great pay, perks, and pedigree. You gain an alumni network that's hard to beat.
    Aug 26, 2018 1
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      Great analogy :) thanks for pointing out the truth and practicality aspect of it!
      Aug 27, 2018
  • Affirm ySRA02
    Affirm for sure. You’re a new grad, looking to make a solid impact on the company. You can do that at affirm. We’re small and still growing, so you can be a part of the growth and learn and help build out the core product along the way. I think when you’re young you can take more calculated “risks” like joining smaller companies.

    It’s also the most concentrated group of intelligent people that I’ve ever met.
    Aug 27, 2018 3
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      Are there many cases where people transition to a more senior position at FAANG (e.g. L5) after a few years at Affirm?
      Aug 27, 2018
    • Affirm TsDV51
      Yes definitely. Although most people who leave Affirm decide they want to do their own start up. Affirm will open many doors, but also FAANG if that’s where you want to be down the road
      Aug 27, 2018
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      Glad to hear! Definitely not an easy decision to make.. thanks for sharing the info!
      Aug 27, 2018
  • Google JPpr12
    Yeah it depends on the team. Be smart during team match and use your friends who already work at Google for insider info about which team is good for you
    Aug 25, 2018 1
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      Will definitely do so. Thanks for the tip!
      Aug 25, 2018
  • Apple / Eng il1
    OP
    Would love to hear from @Affirm ppl about where the company and product are going!
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng il1
    OP
    Thanks yall! These are all great advice that will help me better plan my career :)
    Aug 27, 2018 1
    • Affirm ECXi40
      So, what did you decide on!?
      Aug 30, 2018
  • Google / Eng m0vefa5t
    TC or GTFO
    Aug 25, 2018 2
    • Apple / Eng il1
      OP
      ~160K
      Aug 25, 2018
    • Google / Eng m0vefa5t
      For all 3 offers?
      Aug 25, 2018
  • eBay / Eng Aishjosh
    Google
    Aug 25, 2018 0