Apple vs Stripe

New ebnhawk
Jun 15 20 Comments

I'm trying to decide between offers from Apple and Stripe, which are more or less equivalent compensation-wise, and was hoping to get some feedback. (Recruiters haven't mentioned levels to me, so sorry that's missing)

Base: Stripe - $128,750, Apple - $130,000
RSU: Stripe - 26,250 (currently evaluated at $274k but who knows) over 4 years, Apple - don't have a the written offer yet, but it ends up being the same with the RSU refreshers
Signing Bonus: Stripe - $15k, Apple - $20k
Annual bonus: Same for each; 10 - 15%

I have 1 year of experience, and both roles are full stack with emphasis on the front end.

The most important thing to me at this point in my career is learning as much as I can. I have advanced degrees but they're in another field - I'm a bootcamp grad. So it's important to me that I'm in an environment that will open doors and expose me to a high quality codebase I can learn from.


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TOP 20 Comments
  • Credit Karma Oaxg376
    Stripe -- no brainer.
    Jun 15 0
  • Samsung / Admin

    Samsung Admin

    master of BS.
    I would suggest Apple purely based on future hiring opportunities. Good luck.
    Jun 15 0
  • Apple appl3
    Stripe, if your goal is to learn. They are a big enough company at this point, especially in tech that other companies know and respect the brand for future opportunities.

    That said, I love Apple and would vouch for it as well. But I’ve learned in my years here that your experience here is highly dependent on your manager and team.
    Jun 15 0
  • Apple


    Stripe is better for software without a doubt
    Jun 15 0
  • Google nrvD43
    I don't think you can go wrong between the two. I would personally choose stripe but could also see many others choosing Apple.
    Jun 15 0
  • Okta doll$h
    Stripe seems to have a great engineering culture. I’m just not sure they will go public in the next 2-3 years. So that’s all paper money.
    Apple culture is interesting. If you are purely going for liquidity then Apple but as you mentioned about your preference, I’d say Stripe. Not sure if commute is a preference for you
    Jun 15 0
  • Glassdoor drewm
    My only advise is that if someone writes "no brainer" - it isn't. Both are comparable and you can't go wrong with either.
    Jun 15 0
  • Microsoft MTSp28
    Jun 20 0
  • Amazon pDCL76
    Jun 18 0
  • New abbb4
    Jun 16 0
  • Salesforce guacamoLay
    Stripe! Your young and you can deal with stock options. Besides it's in SF
    Jun 16 0
  • Microsoft


    Sup, brah?
    Jun 15 0
  • JW Player / Sales

    JW Player Sales

    Stripe, I have my sights set there as well
    Jun 15 0
  • Microsoft MSFTBRO
    Stripe for that IPO $
    Jun 15 0
  • Google justanhombre
    Jul 8 0
  • Microsoft / Eng gqne23
    Looking at your low YOE, I can see more growth and learning at Stripe.
    But both are great choices
    Jun 15 0
  • Microsoft MSFTBRO
    What did the recruiter say their basis for valuing your RSU?
    Jun 16 1
    • Facebook retiree
      Their offers are based on their most recent finding round in February that valued the company at $22B
      Jun 18
  • Apple / Eng BabaRamaji
    The commute needs to be factored in
    Jun 19 0
  • Amazon / Eng SDE108
    From your onsite to getting the result, how long did it take?
    Jun 18 0