Airbnb or Stripe?

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Nov 16, 2018 14 Comments

Assuming roughly equal offers from both for a Senior engineering position, which company would you join? Here's my view (but could use more input from folks that work at these companies):

Airbnb
Pros: Great business growth, genuinely nice people, good work/life balance
Cons: More product/design driven company, fewer interesting engineering challenges

Stripe
Pros: Strong leadership, great engineering culture, lots of upside
Cons: Further from an IPO, (anything else?)

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  • Vertivco / Eng
    FastPapuan

    Vertivco Eng

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    TC or GTFO
    Nov 16, 2018 3
    • Verizon DamnLongN
      If I ever hit a post that you don’t post this on, I’ll be pissed af. At this point, your phrase is a blind staple. No longer can one exist without the other.
      Nov 16, 2018
    • New monomo
      Tc is Ur ass
      Nov 16, 2018
    • Oath KZC
      This guy is a legend
      Nov 17, 2018
  • Oath Mk4
    Airbnb tc will be 20-40% higher at least. Also airbnb has 401k matching, mega backdoor Roth, and better brand recognition. Airbnb is way, way closer to ipo than Stripe and is confirmed profitable.
    Nov 17, 2018 1
    • Stripe / Eng Ab4521
      From next year onward, Stripe will have 401k matching.
      Nov 17, 2018
  • Airbnb / Ops
    unemployd

    Airbnb Ops

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    unemploydmore
    Fwiw I did a consulting project at stripe and now work at abnb. If you're an engineer do stripe. The talent I worked with there was unparalleled and the Apex of people I've ever worked with. If you're on the business side, I'd take Airbnb because I find it more fascinating. Stripe will be rolling out some cool products over the next 6mo though and is an exciting place to be for engineers.
    Nov 19, 2018 0
  • Marqeta PjzK78
    If you are joining Airbnb, join Airbnb payments. That’s where the challenges are.

    I’d suggest learning the payments space at a payments company first though. You’ll be much more valuable in the future. I’d take stripe, but Airbnb’s upside is much better. That being said, You’ll learn more at stripe.

    You Could put in two years at stripe and then go make a lot of impact Airbnb or any other company that needs payments expertise

    If fintech and payments are not interesting to you. Just choose higher TC. I’m pretty sure Airbnb blows stripes offer out of the water.
    Nov 16, 2018 1
    • New vvo
      I highly doubt the tc are much different....
      Nov 17, 2018
  • Facebook honourcode
    Airbnb doesn't have a real business, stripe all the way
    Nov 16, 2018 1
  • LinkedIn / Data mSNI75
    I’m not sure if great business growth is still happening at Airbnb.
    Nov 16, 2018 1
    • Airbnb / Eng Dankalert
      You have no idea.
      Nov 17, 2018
  • Twitter Wax paper
    Airbnb won’t be IPOing any time soon either. I would suggest getting an offer with real money not paper money with the upcoming recession coming up too.
    Nov 17, 2018 0