Airbnb vs Lyft

Google / Eng restrain
Jan 9, 2018 36 Comments

How do people feel about working as a software engineer at these companies?

The have a lot of similarities - size (medium/large, but still relatively small compared to Google), location (SF), IPO prospects (1-2 years), public image (generally positive/neutral) - which means they are attracting a lot of the same talent.

But there are differences in culture (design driven vs eng/product driven), problem space (housing vs transportation), market share (first place above VRBO/HomeAway vs second place below Uber), and much more I'm sure.

Soliciting your thoughts, assuming similar base, equity, and sign on.

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TOP 36 Comments
  • Yahoo 7xyz2a
    Airbnb has about 4000 employees. That’s medium size? Airbnb’s competitors are starting to cut into business while Lyft has been gaining on Uber a ton in the last year. On top of Airbnb’s culture problems I’d go with Lyft.
    Jan 9, 2018 9
    • Qualcomm / Eng open_mind
      What culture problem of Airbnb?
      Jan 9, 2018
    • Yahoo 7xyz2a
      It’s been mentioned on Blind. Search!
      Jan 9, 2018
    • Airbnb Errata
      There really aren’t cultural problems... some snowflakes were just upset that we outsourced the food
      Jan 9, 2018
    • Airbnb mjv52w
      We're having growing pains for sure. Culture not what it used to be.
      Jan 9, 2018
    • Google / Eng restrain
      OP
      Surprised to hear about the culture in Airbnb. I encountered some of the happiest looking people there, plus you guys have that awesome beer/kombucha taps.
      Jan 9, 2018
  • Facebook Sona
    Airbnb asked me to do homework so I passed
    Jan 9, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MeltDownS
    Lyft and Airbnb are equally great. Given an option I would chose Airbnb because I very much believe in Brian Chesky’s vision to build a people centric planet.
    Jan 9, 2018 0
  • Ten-X RFMR24
    I'd say they're both equally good. It's a nice problem to have if you've got offers from both. Maybe AirBnb slightly edges Lyft
    Jan 9, 2018 0
  • Splunk DesiLaunda
    OP, how about sharing some comp numbers?
    Jan 9, 2018 1
    • Google / Eng restrain
      OP
      I plan to, but at my own pace please. Expect to see another post soon with numbers from Lyft, Airbnb, and other companies.
      Jan 10, 2018
  • Google / Eng turducken
    You can’t assume similar equity. From my understanding Airbnb offers annual refreshers whereas Lyft does not
    Jan 9, 2018 1
    • Google / Eng restrain
      OP
      You're right. Though Lyft does have an annual equity refresh program, it is not comparable.

      Airbnb has a very generous annual with refresh program that kicks in at the end of your first calendar year (you just need to join in the first half of the year).

      Lyft also has an annual equity refresh program (might be new, haven't seen it mentioned here yet), which kicks in on the first 12/31 after your second anniversary.
      Jan 9, 2018
  • Airbnb Fhrsfz
    There are still many challenging scaling problems (both in people and in systems) to solve. So you would be able to make big impact. There is not really much of a cultural problem. It’s just a natural step towards a more regulated and mature working environment.

    That said, Airbnb is really in need of fresh blood like you right now to bring in diverse perspectives and better engineering practices. So it THE time to join to make your impact!
    Jan 9, 2018 0
  • Google verynoob12
    Airbnb doesn't have as much competition as Lyft does.
    Jan 9, 2018 3
    • Airbnb Errata
      They are pretty far off though
      Jan 9, 2018
    • Google razz
      Priceline is huge and is definitely dominant in the market with a market cap of $90B. They own booking.com, opentable etc
      Jan 10, 2018
    • I think people forget that there are at least 7 'virtual hotels' companies that run a few hundred to few thousand rooms from a data center. One of the bigger and earlier ones is Sonder. They are a competitor, from a different angle.
      Oct 25, 2018
  • Microsoft dhdhsgvv
    I was in similar situation as you but also had FB. Decided to go with FB!
    Jan 9, 2018 3
    • Google / Eng restrain
      OP
      Ohh nice! I have a Facebook offer as well, but I'm leaning more towards Lyft/Airbnb.
      Jan 9, 2018
    • I joined Lyft from Google and am liking it
      Jan 9, 2018
    • Microsoft dhdhsgvv
      All 3 are great choices. I would choose Airbnb over Lyft though.
      Jan 9, 2018
  • Qualcomm / Eng open_mind
    Airbnb has a design driven culture, like Apple?
    Jan 9, 2018 1
    • Google / Eng restrain
      OP
      That's what they are known for, at least. Airbnb's cofounders are designers, and you can almost see it in their office space, which is one of the best beautiful spaces I've seen.
      Jan 9, 2018
  • Google TSRi67
    I've seen lots of first tier swe joining airbnb. Rarely seems the same with Lyft. I don't think Lyft can attract lots of good talents.
    Jan 23, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
    Which topic interests you more? Transportation, or what you do when you arrive at a destination?

    Both have many, many fascinating things to explore.
    Jan 9, 2018 0
  • Google verynoob12
    btw lol @ IPO prospects
    Jan 9, 2018 4
  • Magic Leap rainbows
    Is AirBnB still requiring all employees to agree to binding arbitration?
    Jan 28, 2018 0