Airbnb vs. Uber SWE Offers

Oath Mk4
Nov 15, 2018 29 Comments

I have offers from Airbnb and Uber. Both in SF

2yoe

Uber software engineer II
152k base
13.5k-27k annual cash bonus
52k-105k annual stock refresh
50k sign on bonus
9600 stock units / 4 years at 409a price (I think this equates ~390k over 4 years. Correct me if I am wrong)

Airbnb L4 SWE:
180k base
57k sign on bonus
90-180k stock refresh
420k stock / 4 yrs at 31b valuation from July 2017 funding round

Future yearly bonus situation is unknown with airbnb. The board approved a 15% cash bonus for 2019 which I included in my sign on above. I am assuming they will continue to offer similar types of cash incentives until they ipo.

Airbnb also has 401k match up to 4% of my base salary, better food and nicer office.

Wondering why you guys think? How are these offers? I am mainly interested in growth/prestige/resume value/impact/Eng quality/wlb/culture and obviously tc. Both teams sound very exciting.

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  • Lyft crossfire
    You can't go wrong with either, but easy choice for me - Airbnb. Congrats, they are really good offers !
    Nov 15, 2018 3
    • Facebook Instagrаm
      You can - Uber is trash.
      Nov 15, 2018
    • Uber regex
      Because this guy’s a well known uber hater that has to post the same thing on every thread that mentions uber
      Nov 15, 2018
    • Facebook honourcode
      Or, maybe, just maybe, Uber is trash
      Nov 15, 2018
  • Uber / Eng
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    Uber Eng

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    This again? Just see: Check out this post! "Uber vs Airbnb offer comparison (Compensation)"
    https://us.teamblind.com/s/jybiWFyH
    Nov 15, 2018 3
    • Oath Mk4
      OP
      This guy is on the management track and much more experienced than me
      Nov 15, 2018
    • Uber / Eng
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      Uber Eng

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      My comment there still applies. Copied here.

      Another area to evaluate on is the engineering challenge.

      At the end of the day, Airbnb is a traditional e-commerce marketplace. The engineering challenge does not seem that deep.

      Compare that to any of the FAANG:
      FB: social graph at global scale
      Amazon: logistics at global scale
      Apple: technology business
      Netflix: content distribution at global scale (15% of bandwidth is Netflix streaming)
      Google: obvious.

      Compare the engineering challenge at Airbnb vs what you’re doing at FB.

      Uber in the other hand has deep engineering challenges:
      * real time location of riders and partners
      * marketplace efficiency
      * real time pricing
      * routing efficiency
      * bandwidth and device limitations in developing countries.
      * real-time distributed systems.
      Nov 15, 2018
    • Uber / Eng nkutfv
      If you’re at the beginning of your career, Uber is a much better option. You’ll uplevel your skills much faster and be more valuable to other employers in 3-4 years.
      Nov 16, 2018
  • New / Eng
    Gay-ramesh

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    Gay-rameshmore
    Wow, just wow. OP would really appreciate if you could post how did you prepare for the interviews ?
    Nov 15, 2018 2
    • Oath Mk4
      OP
      Did 460 LC problems multiple times each over about 6 months. Read grokking system design 5 or 6 times. Practiced/rehearsed system design questions in my head. Also read system design primer and checkcheckzz GitHub for system design. Did lots of interviews with many companies for practice. There were many Saturday and Sunday afternoons where I just wanted to quit and stop studying and prepping. It took a lot of discipline and hard work.
      Nov 15, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Gay-ramesh

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      Gay-rameshmore
      Great that all your hard work has payed off. Really awesome !!. This is the highest TC for 2 yoe I have seen on Blind. Keep up the good work and all the best in your new role.

      I hope you don’t have any immigration issues unlike some of us here.
      Nov 15, 2018
  • New / Eng @!!!!
    Congrats, almost ~300k TC with 2 yoe !!!
    Nov 15, 2018 0
  • Cruise Automation JyHB25
    Isn’t Airbnb just better ?
    Nov 15, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng HowdyPardn
      Uber seems pretty good from the inside. Also one is definitely IPOing, the other one, maybe.
      Nov 15, 2018
  • Airbnb Vasu
    This is indeed the highest L4 offer I’ve ever seen here. Congrats!
    Nov 16, 2018 0
  • Amazon Gjdyveycc4
    I would go for AirBnb coz it’s still has much room to grow and their offer is solid. Easy choice unless u really like Uber.
    Nov 15, 2018 0
  • DigitalOcean / Other €£\\]
    Pick the work that is the most interesting
    Nov 15, 2018 0
  • Intuit lambdaops
    Stop pretending...you have 14 years experience and already a Senior. Who are you kidding Albert.
    Nov 15, 2018 4
    • Oath Mk4
      OP
      Nope. 2 yoe is real. Graduated college in 2016
      Nov 15, 2018
    • Intuit lambdaops
      Which college?
      Nov 15, 2018
    • Oath Mk4
      OP
      Top public college in California. Not ivy league
      Nov 15, 2018
    • New / Eng @!!!!
      Looks like Berkley.
      Nov 15, 2018
  • Uber / Eng Joerg
    Op, your numbers are very suspicious, especially for someone with 2 yoe, even if you have a PhD.
    Nov 20, 2018 1
    • Oath Mk4
      OP
      Believe it. They are 100% real. I crushed my interviews and negotiated aggressively. I don't have a PhD or masters
      Nov 20, 2018
  • Bloomberg TghbeUG23
    Both bay area?
    Nov 15, 2018 1
    • Oath Mk4
      OP
      Yes. Both in SF
      Nov 15, 2018
  • Wondering what will G / FB offer in liquid money to counter these offers.
    Nov 15, 2018 1
    • Oath Mk4
      OP
      G would slot me at L3 with an offer maxing out at 250k tc
      Nov 15, 2018
  • Intuit lambdaops
    Not sure.
    Nov 20, 2018 0