Apple vs Amazon

IBM Zhit
Sep 13 24 Comments

Apple ICT3 : 140k base + 105k/4 rsu + 30k sign on
location : cupertino

Amazon SDE1: 130k base + 43(5%,15%,40%,40%) rsu + 65k/2 sign on
location : seattle

Both are really good offer. For Apple it will be a DevOps role and Amazon it will be a SDE role. My background is more in line with DevOps.

Amazon
pros: lower CoL, no state tax, easy to switch team internally
cons: WLB, gloomy weather

Apple
pros: Bay area, nice team, good culture, better rsu + refresher from what I heard
cons: team will relocate to San Diego in the future (not sure will it be good or bad), rent is $$$ in the Bay area, heard it is hard to switch team internally

Just want to get some insight about the career prospect on sde vs devops and which one would you choose and why? Any other factors I should consider for making the decision?

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TOP 24 Comments
  • Amazon 2ud73h2fl
    Apple.
    Sep 13 0
  • Microsoft kayakin
    Of course Apple
    Sep 13 0
  • Qualtrics / Eng QREP11
    Amazon, devops is a meme
    Sep 13 0
  • Apple
    MrMuscles

    Apple

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    Strong and built like an Ox. I donโ€™t look like your typical Engineer. ๐Ÿ˜€
    MrMusclesmore
    San Diego has much better weather than Seattle. Wish our team could move from Cupertino to San Diego ๐Ÿ˜ข
    Sep 13 0
  • Microsoft kayakin
    Sam Diego has too much sun
    Sep 13 2
    • New / Strategy Porsche996
      Says too much rain
      Sep 13
    • Microsoft kayakin
      Yea i don't like rain either. I guess Bay area still has the best weather
      Sep 13
  • Amazon iamPE
    SDE role is better than Devops
    Sep 13 0
  • Apple s432
    Wow if you get to keep Bay Area TC in San Diego.. good for you
    Sep 13 0
  • Microsoft Soporific
    YOE?
    Sep 13 0
  • Amazon NMJO05
    San Diego is the dream.
    Sep 13 0
  • Amazon dharidhram
    Wlb is team dependent. You wonโ€™t know till you join. I say amazon
    Sep 13 1
    • Amazon dharidhram
      You can always find a different team and move as SDE to Bay Area.. AWS/lab; if location is that important.
      Sep 13
  • Apple
    iHateFruit

    Apple

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    Apple
    iHateFruitmore
    Donโ€™t do DevOps
    Sep 14 0
  • TAOS INC / IT
    SanjeevS

    TAOS INC IT

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    Apple
    SanjeevSmore
    San Diego with Bay Area salary is already at big plus
    Sep 13 0
  • Adobe NEYU02
    If you are good at devops your chances of succeeding in that role are higher
    Sep 13 0
  • Western Digital huntermind
    43rsu or 43k rsu?
    Sep 13 1
    • IBM ccz
      43unit ~79k
      Sep 13
  • Google ungoogled
    DevOps needs to be right. At some companies the DevOps folks are too much โ€˜opsโ€™ not enough dev. So I step in and help in that case.
    Oct 2 0
  • Amazon NMJO05
    All these people saying SWE>devops are people who just keep chasing what others told them to chase. Do whatever keeps you happy at a good team and at a good salary. Iโ€™d much rather you have time to work out and hang with people that you like than you worry about hitting some deadline every day and being too stressed to enjoy your TC.
    Sep 15 0
  • Amazon Notpresent
    apple. amz gives u bs lp; b4 u change team they pip u. run away
    Sep 13 0
  • Facebook cochococho
    Amazon
    Sep 13 0
  • Really high TC for amazon. How many yoe?
    Sep 13 0
  • Congrats on the offers. What's your YoE ?
    Sep 13 0