Atlassian vs Amazon

New XKgC30
Jun 14, 2018 31 Comments

I have offers from both of these companies and am having a hard time choosing between them.

Atlassian advantages: Better culture/WLB, potentially more growth/ownership since it's smaller

Amazon advantage: Household name, more prestige (at least imo)

I want to optimize for salary and career growth in the long-term, so I'm inclined to choose Amazon. I think it might make it easier to get a job at G/FB down the road. What do you think tech recruiters think about the two?

Assume the difference between TC and quality of work to be to be insignificant.

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TOP 31 Comments
  • Lyft saladbowl
    I don’t know about prestige, but ethically I would choose Atlassian.
    Jun 14, 2018 10
    • Symantec Snoop Dawg
      Fcuk ethics
      Jun 14, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      I’m confused, are you saying amazon “is exploiting data, privacy and workers on a massive scale”?
      Jun 14, 2018
    • Lyft saladbowl
      Why yes, I thought that was obvious.
      Jun 14, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      Please elaborate
      Jun 14, 2018
    • New EiNH13
      Google and Facebook also has done some ethically questionable things. For an individual contributor do those have more weight than what pays the bills and what would put you in a better position in your career and for the next position? If not, it’s a very easy decision: go to one of the FAANGs
      Jun 14, 2018
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Wow. Should I join Godzilla or the koala bear? Awww, but look how cute it is...
    Jun 14, 2018 0
  • TI
    ASICMan

    TI

    PRE
    HP Inc, AMD
    BIO
    HDL SCH GDS etc.
    ASICManmore
    I had offers with HP Qualcomm and Dallas semi in 1995. I choose HP but should have chosen Qualcomm. Even though Bill and Dave hadn’t been directly involved in the company for many years after they passed away in 1996 things began to change at the company. The sacred cows were sacrificed. I worked briefly for the spin-off Agilent before taking an offer with another company outside the Bay Area so I could afford to start a family. Between 96 00 the Bay Area was getting more expensive faster than my salary was increasing due to the dot com bubble. Of coarse after waiting years the bubble finally broke months after I left. Meanwhile unknown Qualcomm already in a less expensive area who had offered lots of stock options expanded so fast they had a 4 way stock split. I chose HP for long term stability not prestige but that was also a factor. No one had heard of Qualcomm. Today HP has sold off much of its land (Apple HQ) and Facebook’s old campus. Etc. Tried to move employees to a facility in the swamps of Houston that floods frequently. Etc. It isn’t all bad. In the 70s HP was considered not as good of a stock investment as Eastman Kodak. Look where they are now.
    Jun 14, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      Huh?
      Jun 14, 2018
    • TI
      ASICMan

      TI

      PRE
      HP Inc, AMD
      BIO
      HDL SCH GDS etc.
      ASICManmore
      Oh, and Tesla’s current HQ while a Stanford property leased to them was HP Labs.
      Jun 14, 2018
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Sorry asic guy, not the right comparison, cool story tho.
      Jun 14, 2018
    • TI / Product IOlOl0
      I’m just impressed there someone else from TI here.. but TI doesn’t really do ASICs
      Jun 14, 2018
  • Microsoft needcoffee
    I was in the same boat as you and I chose Atlassian. Amazon had bad work culture along with high work hours. Atlassian is a MUCH better work environment along with really great and caring people. Amazon might have a bigger name, but that doesn't mean you'll get to work on great things there. It's really team dependent. At least at Altassian you can shift and move around pretty easily.
    Jun 14, 2018 2
    • New XKgC30
      OP
      Thanks! In terms of career growth, do you think having Atlassian as opposed to Amazon on your resume will harm you in any way?
      Jun 14, 2018
    • Microsoft needcoffee
      I think just by looking at the name, Amazon is probably more prestigious (agrees with the poll as well). However, if you're actually planning to grow as an engineer, I think that it solely depends on the project you get. At Atlassian, you can shift around and do what you like or explore something new. And I've heard at Amazon it's very team dependent, so YMMV. I'm not as familiar with Amazon (didn't work there haha), but I do get contacted by their recruiters from time to time. So you can probably go there if Atlassian isn't your cup of tea.
      Jun 14, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng
    Bollitas

    Microsoft Eng

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    Amazon, Google
    Bollitasmore
    lol prestige
    Jun 14, 2018 0
  • Amazon Jexx
    Prestige is a very minor thing - you shouldn’t use this as a determining factor
    Jun 14, 2018 0
  • Amazon PuOo44
    I have worked at both. Can’t beat Atlassian’s benefits. Amazon is a grind. Recruiters think everyone coming out of Amazon is an aggressive ahold. Not insurmountable, but yes, that is the perception.
    Jun 26, 2018 0
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  • Research Now / Eng Arschloch
    You haven’t mentioned the TC. We can help better if you provide TC for respective roles
    Jun 14, 2018 1
    • New XKgC30
      OP
      Updated the OP- but the roles will pay similarly and I find both to be equally interesting.
      Jun 14, 2018
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    • Microsoft needcoffee
      They did create Statuspage!
      Jun 26, 2018
    • Microsoft needcoffee
      Well it's a weird story. The guy left Atlassian to create Statuspage, and then Atlassian got it. So I guess it's sort of both?
      Jun 26, 2018
  • Lyft gY4Dk
    Consider Lyft?
    Jun 14, 2018 2
    • New XKgC30
      OP
      Applied, didn't hear anything unfortunately.
      Jun 14, 2018
    • Microsoft needcoffee
      Same with me. Applied as a new grad. Heard nothing back after 2 applications.
      Jun 14, 2018

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