Beginning my first round of job search - does the list look reasonable?

Palantir zzrot
Sep 8, 2018 17 Comments

Hey all, first time posting here!

I’m looking at opportunities after staying at my first job for three years (180k TC), and I’m wondering if the list of companies below is reasonable (wanna get into Data Engineering / Backend role)

- Google
- Airbnb
- Two Sigma
- Citadel
- Addepar
- Stripe
- PDT Partners
- DE Shaw
- Rubrik

Prioritization for the next two years is roughly TC (duh), getting into more hands-on dev work, and a supporting learning/growth environment.

Does any company fall short in the list, and is there anyone you’d like to add?

(Also happy to chat about my experience at current employer as well 😊)

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  • Facebook / Eng Manbda
    Lyft, Uber, Netflix?
    Sep 8, 2018 3
    • Palantir zzrot
      OP
      yup good point on Lyft and Netflix; for Uber, I’ve heard they give amazing offers but the culture/engineer quality there is subpar... should I still give it a shot?
      Sep 8, 2018
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      3 YOE is quite little for Netflix.
      Sep 8, 2018
    • Palantir zzrot
      OP
      that’s what I thought as well when going over their job postings for the first time
      Sep 8, 2018
  • Proofpoint / Other foodtruckj
    Facebook is not on the list.
    Use Cisco as a burner interview to get yourself in interview mode.

    Car tech: Cruise, Waymo, MBRDNA, Volvo SV, BMW SV, Uber, and Lyft.

    Alphabet companies.

    Sep 8, 2018 4
    • Palantir zzrot
      OP
      ah yes, I’m pretty confused by their Careers page, as there’s no good way to narrow down my search, and they seem to look for very experienced (6+ YOE) people only. should I try to get a referral instead?
      Sep 8, 2018
    • Proofpoint / Other foodtruckj
      Facebook career page?
      Sep 8, 2018
    • Palantir zzrot
      OP
      yup
      Sep 8, 2018
    • Agree about the facebook career page
      Sep 9, 2018
  • Addepar LmUk45
    Except Rubrik, Stripe and Airbnb, all have great engineering culture and teams. First two I'm not familiar with. Airbnb is not a true tech company, too product and design oriented. You will learn little from data and back eng perspective. Downside with hedge fund is you work with thing that dont drive business directly so how ever they put it you are second class citizen. You will not an impact in Google because it is that big. Addepar is going through transition, looks promising, but honestly won't be the easiest job on that list.
    Oct 4, 2018 2
    • Palantir pokéball
      Thank you for commenting! As I’m proceeding with my interviews, I think eventually I’m gonna have to make a call between the following: Google, Stripe, Addepar, PDT, TwoSigma, Citadel. What should I be looking at (other than TC) when considering these companies?

      None of the roles above are “quant”, and my focus is data/infra engineering.
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Palantir pokéball
      If you’re currently working at Addepar, I’d love to hear more about the company as well! I’m especially curious about how/why folks from, say, TwoSigma are leaving to join Addepar, and why it “won’t be the easiest job.” Thank you!
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Dollar Shave Club HcknGbsns
    Are you in data eng now? I've been thinking of applying to Palantir for it but it seems like they want higher clearance than I've ever had. How's the culture there? Would you recommend it?
    Sep 8, 2018 1
    • Palantir zzrot
      OP
      actually I’ll just respond here — clearance requirement depends on whether you work with gov and which exact project you work on, and it’s absolutely not a requirement (unless you explicitly wanna do gov work). culture here is pretty chill tbh, and I’ve worked from / visited pretty much every US-based office.
      Sep 8, 2018
  • Jet.com xyAB123
    Where did you end up joining? If it is PDT, would like to learn more about the work culture
    Mar 20 0
  • Qualtrics / Ops
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    Qualtrics Ops

    BIO
    Came from non tech to tech.
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    Let me know if you're interested in qualtrics
    Sep 9, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn / Sales Fuck You
    LinkedIn (duh)
    Sep 8, 2018 0