Best Midwest Tech Companies?

Amazon TheAmazone
Apr 2 336 Comments

Currently in Seattle and loving it so far, but can definitely see myself settling down in a less tech-y part of the country after a few years.

I'm not expecting the same comp given from FAANG or anything but wanted to see if anyone knows of any solid tech companies in the Midwest that would comp as close to it as possible.

Open to big established companies or high-growth startups.

TC: 150K
YoE: < 2 years

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  • ViaSat bwjsbs
    There is a lot of companies in Austin. Indeed has a HQ there and pays pretty decent.
    Apr 27
    • Lockheed Martin / EngiEkO37
      Austin is not in the Midwest.
      Apr 2
    • ViaSat bwjsbs
      Yeah...but still...giving some other options for op.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Appreciate it! Seems Amazon is expanding in Austin recently (800+ jobs from what I heard?) so that might even be an option down the line 😁
      Apr 2
    • Amazon RBOo88
      Amazon Minneapolis is probably around 300 and growing now too.
      Apr 2
    • IBM / DesignG҉̨́̕O̶͟͡D
      Apple is also going to be hiring like 5000(?) more people in the next couple years in Austin, they’re opening a new campus
      Apr 2
    • Indeed queso
      Don't come to Austin please! Too many people here already lol
      Apr 2
    • Google / Eng
      SWE-π

      GoogleEng

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      Amazon
      SWE-πmore
      Amazon Austin is 3000+ jobs at this point
      Apr 2
  • Cerner Yzlb32
    You DO NOT want to live and work in the Midwest. It's depressing.
    Apr 212
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Hmm I had a fine time there but I guess that was only for the summer. When you say it's depressing, do you mean it's more geared towards families than young professionals? Because I got the same exact impression
      Apr 2
    • Capital One blindbat
      Uhh I moved Midwest to West Coast and developed depression after moving. Yeah Midwest is more geared towards families but at least you’re not surrounded by tech 24/7 if you have other interests.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Agreed, I'm fine with a tech hub for now but it does get tiring meeting people here for the first time and being able to know they work at Amazon/Microsoft already (or FB/G in less common cases)
      Apr 2
    • New yKAY54
      San Diego, LA are food alternatives
      Apr 2
    • Cerner pfdP78
      You’re going to find racism and prejudice in any major city. Guess what? There are racist people in NY and LA, too.
      Apr 3
    • Facebook joCJ63
      Lol at treating the Midwest like it's a single homogeneous place. I would kill myself before moving to Flint or Gary but would move to Minneapolis in a heartbeat.
      Apr 3
    • Medtronic / EngSnakeDr
      As an inhabitant of Minneapolis, I love it here, but feel like I’d like it equal in most Colorado cities, as well as the suburbs of Seattle
      Apr 3
    • Salesforce LSai04
      Check out INDIANAPOLIS!
      Apr 3
    • Apple / EngP-value
      Yeah for sure move to Minneapolis if you like 5 months of snow and 3 months of stupidly hot, wet weather!
      Apr 3
    • Cerner pfdP78
      Also move to Minneapolis if you enjoy the outdoors, prefer affordable cost of living and quality healthcare, have children who appreciate quality education, enjoy diverse food, music and art scenes.
      Apr 4
  • Amazon / Product
    .🦔...

    AmazonProduct

    BIO
    🤐
    .🦔...more
    OP, are you an immigrant? If yes, you should also assess how friendly are the mid-west peeps to immigrants...
    Apr 217
    • ASAPP / Eng
      CDib54

      ASAPPEng

      PRE
      Under Armour
      CDib54more
      Cerner, two Indian engineers at Garmin were shot in Kansas.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Parents were, I was born and raised in the US. When I interned in the Midwest I had no troubles with anyone but you're right in that it was predominantly white. I think I'm fine with that though since I also grew up around a similar demographic
      Apr 2
    • CoverMyMeds llamaskate
      Midwest is really fucking big. Cities are obviously more likely to have a more diverse population. The major cities in Ohio have had massive immigrant populations for a long time. I'm in an interracial relationship which obviously isn't the same, but can somewhat serve as an indicator and Columbus, Detroit, and Atlanta have been the only 3 cities so far where we never felt out of place with the couples we saw around us, and didn't ever catch stares.
      Apr 2
    • Infoblox 2600
      lol catching stares for mixed relationships...
      Apr 2
    • Twitter Nwom
      Midwest is either all white or mostly black (St. Louis). Not counting big cities like Chicago of course.
      Apr 2
    • Deloitte / CreativeFHAs14
      Not true. There are lots of Asians and Hispanics in the Midwest. It’s not just Blacks and Whites anymore.
      Apr 3
    • CoverMyMeds llamaskate
      The mixed relationships thing I think has more to do with how well the city integrated. Nashville is an awesome city but we caught a handful of stares while we were there for a week. Chicago was no stares but we probably only saw a dozen interracial couples over 3 months. Columbus, Detroit, and Atlanta it was just normal.

      Cbus has pretty big middle eastern and Somali communities too, and has for a few decades I think.
      Apr 3
    • GitHub spcyckn
      I’m a minority living in a large Midwest city. Sure it’s more diverse than it was in the past, I grew up in the Midwest but it’s not anything close to the diversity you see on either coast. You might not feel active racism but you won’t necessarily feel included or comfortable. In the west coast I feel more comfortable because there just more people like me around I can see and large communities and services for those groups. Sure no one is hurling racist remarks at me here but it’s almost more like feeling invisible or overlooked. So if that’s a big deal to you then consider it.

      Also diversity does not equal integration.

      Before anyone hates on me and tells me to move, don’t worry I am already planning to.
      Apr 3
    • General Motors QEmN10
      What? I’m obviously in MI given my employer and we have huge Indian, Middle East, and Mexican demographics within an hour of each other. That’s quite unfair to generalize a whole region based on your own personal experiences.
      Apr 4
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

      MicrosoftProduct

      PRE
      Bain & Company
      Brazukamore
      Chicago is it's own thing. Don't compare it to the rest of midwest.
      Apr 6
  • Amazon Juulpods1
    Epic in Madison
    Apr 210
    • Amazon / Engjjdkdkdk
      Anywhere but Epic. Any. Other. Company.
      Apr 2
    • Facebook sfnA38
      What this guy said, anywhere else
      Apr 2
    • Amazon / Mgmtyougotit
      You have Google with projected growth of 300 and Amazon in Madison as well
      Apr 2
    • Atlassian subway6969
      Lol companies that have hard limit on applicants gpa
      Apr 2
    • Intuitive Surgical Soo
      I would strongly recommend Epic for salary(150k TC with 2 YOE) and benefits. WLB gets a bit hard dependent on the team but gets manageable once you have about 6 months of experience in. Madison has a slew of new incubators also that is helping grow the tech scene. The work perks are fantastic and you never have to spend on healthcare outside of the low deductible. You will hear negative reviews from people who got on teams that were not too progressive but I was fortunate enough to work on multiple teams that were.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon / Engjjdkdkdk
      The best part of WLB at Epic is that when you get out of work at 9 Madison is already in bed so you might as well just work some more
      Apr 2
    • Medallia pXYj18
      Epic was fine comp and benefits-wise, maybe even amazing for the area. However, I felt my soul and enthusiasm wither away as I worked there and almost lost a relationship as a result.
      Apr 2
    • Epic bReH16
      Don't join epic if you ve worked at a good tech company ever because you ll figure out these guys don't work like a modern tech company.
      +1 to don't join epic.
      Apr 2
    • BlackRock hccxxt
      I am curious to know what’s wrong with epic? Bad tech ? Bad employees ? Bad wlb ?
      Apr 3
    • Epic bReH16
      Bad tech mostly. And the policies around vacations and wfh are the worst.
      The people are mostly nice but TLs sometimes push agendas given by management w/o considering employee happiness at all.
      Apr 3
  • Nvidia
    420_Blaze

    Nvidia

    BIO
    BlazeMaster 10K
    420_Blazemore
    Word of caution. I came from a midwest tech company to the bay. My experience in the Midwest was golf dad's trying to crush those punk ass new college grads. Everyone is going to be intimidated since you came from Amazon HQ and will try to bring you down any chance they get. I'm serious.
    Apr 210
    • Cerner Yzlb32
      That's horrible.
      Apr 2
    • Uber / Mgmt
      lomez

      UberMgmt

      PRE
      Uber, Gametime
      lomezmore
      Sounds a bit paranoid no?
      Apr 2
    • Cerner pfdP78
      No one cares if you came from Amazon.
      Apr 2
    • Nvidia
      420_Blaze

      Nvidia

      BIO
      BlazeMaster 10K
      420_Blazemore
      Nope. All my CS buddies initially got hired to Midwest tech companies and 3 to 4 years later we all headed to the west coast because of this.
      Apr 2
    • Nvidia
      420_Blaze

      Nvidia

      BIO
      BlazeMaster 10K
      420_Blazemore
      We had a guy come from Microsoft because he was originally from the Midwest. He got hired on, started suggesting "crazy things" and was fired after a year. Gotta crush those intellectuals!
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Is it really like that? I find it hard to believe people would specifically target me because I came from a certain company, especially if it's a proper tech company.
      Apr 2
    • Intel Pointless4
      Just don’t be an asshole, and I’m sure you’ll be fine.
      Apr 2
    • Nvidia
      420_Blaze

      Nvidia

      BIO
      BlazeMaster 10K
      420_Blazemore
      There's a lot of leftover IBM/Tech company employees from when tech companies made their exodus to the west. The ones remaining need to fight for their jobs. Helping new grads minimizes your value, so you put them down as fast as you can.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon Strn54
      No it's not like that. If it was for them, it was because they were on toxic teams or companies. The vast majority of companies will not be that way
      Apr 2
    • Amazon Away.throw
      Oh bullshit. Yes, if you go into a 3 person shop that’s been one guys baby for 20 years, expect that.

      But in general a decent tech company in Minneapolis, KC, Indy, etc is going to be above that.

      You might fine less hippy culture or a lot of people with weird loyalty to the local university (looking at you, KU grads...) but other than that trivial shit it’s fine.
      Apr 3
  • Amazon iklU72
    After a few years talk to your leadership about working remotely. I’ve been doing it for the last two years, and have been quite happy
    Apr 28
    • Google / Eng
      ruminate

      GoogleEng

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      ruminatemore
      Are you concerned about career growth or what happens if there is a reorg? Thinking of doing something similar.
      Apr 2
    • Facebook / Engdudne
      Wow!!! Amazon allows remote?
      Apr 2
    • Amazon iklU72
      I’ve been in my area for 6+ years, so I know where all the bodies are buried and how to help senior leaders avoid land mines, so I don’t worry too much. I travel 1 week a month, and in an org with worldwide distribution, no one really notices who’s remote and who’s not anymore. It’s up to the vip and director to determine if people can work remote. In my area about 8% are remote
      Apr 2
    • Facebook / Engdudne
      Are you sde3 or higher ?
      Apr 2
    • Amazon iklU72
      L6 SysDE
      Apr 2
    • Facebook / Engdudne
      Gotcha!
      Apr 2
    • H&R Block / EngUwvf45
      Yeah, Amazon recruiters periodically hit me up, but they aren't in KC, and they don't do remote, so I always tell them no.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Wow had no idea about remote being an option at Amazon. Thanks for the heads up!
      Apr 2
  • Amazon / Engᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
    Lots of trading firms in Chicago that will pay more than FAANG.
    Apr 215
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Hmm so you're saying I'd basically need to target prop shops specifically if that's my end goal and make it a multi-month endeavor?

      Any resources you would recommend to get started?
      Apr 2
    • Indeed / Englolzzzzz
      More like multi year endavor. Effective c++ and modern effective c++ were my favorite resources. I no longer do c++ now, java is a joke compared to c++. Anyway it"s not like leetcode where you can practice, a lot of the questions at these places were all practical, did not see online, booksetc. Unless you do c++ regularly it's unlikely you would run into the issues. Atleast that was my experience ymmv. Also I interviewed for only low latency hft roles where the bar is higher. Couldn't make it so ended up at indeed lol
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Jeez, sounds brutal. Guess I'll stick with what I know and hope it places me in a good position!
      Apr 2
    • Indeed / Englolzzzzz
      Probably not that brutal if you ignore these ultra low latency roles. There are lots of opportunities for platform, back office, ml, data type roles and of course non elite shops with s lower bar. I got offers for generic backend roles at some trading firms which just asked general leetcode style and no c++ specific but these were more back office type roles
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Which firms, in your opinion, are worth aiming for? I know of Citadel, Optiver, and DRW but that's about it.
      Apr 2
    • Indeed / Englolzzzzz
      Yeah these and jump, akuna, 3red, sun trading, Kcg. I havent looked in a while so not sure about now.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Great! Thanks so much for all the information, much appreciated
      Apr 2
    • Indeed / Englolzzzzz
      No problem. Goodluck
      Apr 2
    • LinkedIn teraghata
      U need to know extreme stuff, like kernel bypass, full blown app offload on programmable hardware, etc., C, C++ expertise comes much later...
      Apr 3
    • Indeed / Englolzzzzz
      Oh yeah. These days there is a lot of consolidation in hft space and not much money to be made. Still I they are very interesting from a technical standpoint but easier to prepare for fang and somewhat equivalent money. Not worth to be a generic swe in trading firms right now imho.
      Apr 3
  • Veritas rbVp55
    Atlassian is in Austin
    Apr 22
    • New / R&Dzipzap1
      If I had to work on JIRA/Confluence stuff as my main job I’d blow my brains out
      Apr 3
    • Gen!x / Eng
      ixptl12

      Gen!xEng

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      startups, JPMorgan Chase
      BIO
      ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      ixptl12more
      Da fuq when did Austin became MidWest?!?
      Apr 4
  • Amazon boosting
    Why the Midwest? I believe Amazon has offices in Chicago. Google has offices in Chicago if I'm not mistaken.
    Apr 25
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Interned there for a summer; really enjoyed the lifestyle and things are a lot cheaper. Main reason is S/O is gunning for a lot of med residencies in the Midwest in 2-3 years so want to see if I'd be able to be closer while still maintaining decent comp.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon boosting
      I grew up in the Midwest and I have no desire to ever go back. Yes it is cheaper but I found the quality of employers to be lacking and the weather is brutal.

      I did enjoy the 10 years that I was in Texas. It is better weather and cheaper. Houston by the way has the largest medical center in the world. A lot of my neighbors in Houston were in the medical field or were doctors.

      If you Google the phrase "largest medical center in the world" you will see Texas Medical Center shows up.

      https://www.google.com/search?q=largest+medical+center+in+the+world&oq=largest+medical+center+in+the+world&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.2546j0j4&client=ms-android-google&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8
      Apr 2
    • Google Cloud.
      What kind of work in the Amazon office? Google has meh Search and Cloud teams
      Apr 2
    • Uber Yorksider
      @TheAmazone Uber Freight, pm me if interested!
      Apr 2
    • Amazon forcefully
      Amazon Chicago is just AWS sales. Google is the only BigN with devs there
      Apr 2
  • Apple cho Chang
    Citadel Chicago
    Apr 23
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      I heard the comp is good but you get treated as a second class citizen as an SDE vs the Traders. Not sure the legitimacy of that but just my initial impressions
      Apr 2
    • BlackRock wageslave
      Your suspicions are confirmed.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Wow, don't see someone from BlackRock here too often! How do you like it over there?
      Apr 2
  • Equifax
    flstercluk

    Equifax

    PRE
    Chase Paymentech
    flsterclukmore
    Equifax - St.Louis. We are like Facebook, except we are 120 years old and have more useful data on you than Facebook can ever imagine collecting. Data driven company.
    Apr 26
    • eBay petta
      And also leak them once in a while?
      Apr 2
    • Twitter Nwom
      St. Louis is worse than Oakland though... do you really want to fear for your life walking down the street st night?
      Apr 2
    • American Express D.BCooper
      Forrest Park is really nice and they have a great zoo.
      Apr 2
    • Equifax
      flstercluk

      Equifax

      PRE
      Chase Paymentech
      flsterclukmore
      And best beer.
      Apr 3
    • Cerner :-: :-/
      Is Equifax hiring? Would you be willing to refer me for backend positions involving big data technologies. Thanks
      Apr 3
    • New UNtq26
      Also in St Louis is Jane.ai best to work for a company that is HQ in Midwest to be closer to information flow.
      Apr 4
  • Uber / Mgmt
    lomez

    UberMgmt

    PRE
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    lomezmore
    Colorado or Minneapolis are the two best options in my opinion, with Chicago right there too.

    Minnesota is underrated, very fun city, amazing summers, and winter's arnt as bad as people say. Lots of music and a super vibrant arts scene and overall town.
    Apr 26
    • Synack oubsut54gf
      Minnesota is not a city
      Apr 2
    • Target / EngDogAndJack
      Lifelong Minnesotan

      Yes, the winters are that bad.
      Apr 2
    • Uber / Mgmt
      lomez

      UberMgmt

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      Uber, Gametime
      lomezmore
      Lol that looks bad.... Missed the auto correct! Haha
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Glossed over Colorado and Minneapolis, glad to know they have a good tech presence!
      Apr 2
    • Amazon sde_3
      Minnesota sucks. But Minneapolis is far and away the best tech scene in the midwest. I made $200k+ there. Your best bet is to work as a consultant through one of the good agencies.
      Apr 2
    • FactSet / Productrkld
      Since when is CO “Midwest”
      Apr 2
  • EA Oook
    Would recommend Pittsburgh, PA. There is a growing Tech scene (Google, Uber, Facebook, Apple, Duolingo, multiple self driving companies) . And because your SO is looking for residencies UPMC and University of Pittsburgh Medicine are one of best places in Country.
    Apr 24
    • EA Oook
      Would add that living is very cheap and TC remains high for tech.
      Apr 2
    • NetApp / EngGmQX46
      Yes agree
      Apr 2
    • Twitter FANGT
      by why would anyone want to live in Pittsburgh?
      Apr 2
    • NetApp / EngGmQX46
      It has got the amenities of a large city, but is smaller. Reasonable cost of living. Pay in software is comparatively high.
      Apr 3
  • John Deere y’all
    Apr 21
    • Microsoft / EngbebK16
      Sell your soul to write firmware DRM so farmers can't fix their tractors in their own.
      Apr 2
  • Salesforce / Eng
    DaChubbler

    SalesforceEng

    PRE
    teradata
    BIO
    Solution Architect at Salesforce, formerly QA eng with 18 yrs exp.
    DaChubblermore
    Salesforce in Indianapolis
    Apr 24
    • Salesforce bsbs
      Get a mansion in Carmel on the cheap
      Apr 2
    • Salesforce Zed12
      Or just work remotely at Salesforce.
      Apr 2
    • Scout RFP pr0cure
      Zylo is a startup in Indy that has a lot of old Salesforce and ExactTarget people.
      Apr 2
    • Salesforce / Eng
      Ra’salGhul

      SalesforceEng

      PRE
      Google, Amazon
      BIO
      SVP...
      Ra’salGhulmore
      Plus one on this.. get FAANG salary with Indy lifestyle
      Apr 5
  • LinkedIn nobodi
    TC 150k definitely doable for Chicago. Google has eng office in Chicago.
    Apr 24
    • Microsoft / EngbebK16
      But those taxes, though.

      Sales tax as high as Seattle, property tax twice as high, income tax, stupid taxes on online streaming and other services, etc. 150K TC isn't going to go as far as you'd hope.
      Apr 2
    • Capital One / ProductfoXi81
      Income tax really isn't bad in Chicago. It's the sales tax that gets you, and property tax if you own a place.
      Apr 2
    • Microsoft / EngbebK16
      Any income tax is greater than no income tax in WA, though.
      Apr 2
    • GrubHub / Eng8h6ss
      Hate to break it to you but you're paying property tax even if you rent, just not directly
      Apr 2
  • American Express D.BCooper
    Minus Chicago, Columbus is a solid city and probably the best economy in the Midwest proper (minneapolis too but the winters are rough, same with Michigan).

    I enjoyed Cincinnati and lived like a king on 105k there. NYT put it as a top 10 travel destination fpr 2018. I go back maybe 2x a year to see friends and the airport is a delta focus city so you can direct most cities in the US

    Nashville is fun. Indy is OK, too. Lot different than what you think of Indiana

    Atlanta if you want further south.
    Apr 26
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      I'm seeing Columbus a lot in this thread, are they a dark horse amongst tech cities? To your point, I've really only heard of Chicago being the main spot
      Apr 2
    • CoverMyMeds llamaskate
      Yeah. On the one hand I want it to stay affordable for everyone, on the other I want it to thrive.

      For context my TC is 132k with 4 YoE. TC for the smaller companies just jumped like crazy in the last couple years too.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Great to know! Seems like I'll be adding it to my cities to check out when the time comes.
      Apr 2
    • Huntington National Bank bYk785
      Another Columbus resident here. Quite a few startups from the Bay are setting up their offices here (UpStart). Root Insurance is here. Although not yet like the other ‘fun’ cities, Columbus is developing at a good rate, with a lot of construction and gentrification.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Good to know! If you have a resource for good startups to look into there, that'd be awesome! UpStart is the one I keep seeing in this thread
      Apr 2
    • CoverMyMeds llamaskate
      Rev1 and Drive Capital are biggest incubator and VC I think. Or at least the most vocal ones. There's also Ohio Innovation Fund which sounds like it's State backed but it's not, they just only back Ohio based startups. There's others I just can't remember them. I work at a Drive backed startup currently and will be joining another shortly that came through Rev1.
      Apr 2
  • Deloitte / CreativeFHAs14
    The key is finding a midwestern tech job that actually pays well (120k+ TC) That is the hard part, lol. Firms act like the cost of living in the Midwest is so low. It really is not. Transportation is not subsidized like it is in NYC or San Fran. Fuel cost more, it cost more to travel, etc. homes are cheaper, but not by that much for a good house in a good area. So midwestern firms and regional offices WILL have to pay more to get good tech talent. I recently saw an article on how midwestern tech salaries are starting to catch up with SV salaries.
    Apr 37
  • Google / Eng
    SWE-π

    GoogleEng

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    Amazon
    SWE-πmore
    Google and Amazon in Austin
    Apr 22
    • What eng teams does Google have in Austin?
      Apr 2
    • Google / Eng
      SWE-π

      GoogleEng

      PRE
      Amazon
      SWE-πmore
      Google Play Services (Android), Cloud, and some various smaller teams. They're expanding though
      Apr 2
  • New mdGG61
    Check Upstart in Columbus
    Apr 23
    • Motorola RQmz50
      Most depressing place I have ever known. Nothing to do there. Would never suggest anyone moving there
      Apr 2
    • Express VECO
      Cbus is great! But need more tech companies.... people are super nice. Some of the companies to check out Upstart, Root, Covetmymeds, Wiretap, Olive and Nexosis.
      Apr 2
    • Airbnb WhrDeyAtDo
      Columbus is far from the most depressing place. Try checking out Toledo or Youngstown. There are super cool and trendy areas of C-bus like Upper Arlington right along the river and just south of Ohio State’s campus, the short north, German Village, etc. Microsoft has a presence around there, and several defense/military contractors.
      Apr 2
  • Facebook undrpaids
    Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Amazon all in Omaha, Nebraska. It's a well kept secret but Omaha is an amazing place to live and bring up a family. There are also some of the most sought after schools here.
    Apr 22
    • Twitter Nwom
      If you are white, sure.
      Apr 2
    • Mutual of Omaha / Eng
      gywisyw

      Mutual of OmahaEng

      PRE
      PayPal
      BIO
      I use blockchains to tie up Machine Learning AI’s. But only if I can 10x the synergy that I leverage via the Cloud. *First person to finish Leetcode*
      gywisywmore
      PayPal’s in Omaha, too.
      Apr 3
  • Tesla Tesla.
    Here are some resources I find great for learning about Chicago, technology companies and potential roles, each with email newsletters:
    Built In Chicago: https://www.builtinchicago.org/ (general and funding news, jobs, company profiles, used to do 100 largest digital companies list which may still be online albeit probably a bit dated)
    Chicago Inno: https://www.americaninno.com/chicago/ (tech news, funding information, has a March Madness startup bracket)
    Technori: https://technori.com (more local tech news)

    People/firms with Chicago focus/presence:
    Drive Capital (Robert Hatta)
    Starting Line (Ezra Galston, seed, B2C, former CV)
    Chicago Ventures (Lindsay Knight platform manager, also leads Chicago Blend)
    Hunt Club (recruiting firm headed by Nick Cromydas)
    Hyde Park Ventures
    Hyde Park Angels (unrelated I believe)
    Pritzker VC
    Jump Capital
    Method
    Impact Engine
    Origin
    OCA Ventures
    See Quora for a broader list

    Other resources I've used to learn about companies I'm exploring:
    GlassDoor & Comparably (employee reviews, also best places to work rankings)
    G2 Crowd (reviews of B2B software and services, also a great company if you ever see a role)
    Mattermark app (shows funding information)

    Incubators/technology centers:
    1871: https://1871.com/
    The Garage (Northwestern): https://thegarage.northwestern.edu/
    Apr 22
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Wow thank you so much for compiling this! I will absolutely make sure to save these for when I'm searching around for where to interview!
      Apr 2
    • New bt12321
      1871 was great. Spent 4 years working out of there
      7d
  • Microsoft IIeT35
    Covermymeds and cardinal health in Ohio
    Apr 29
    • CoverMyMeds llamaskate
      There's also a fairly healthy startup scene. Most are slower/deliberate growth since the dollar goes further generally.
      Apr 2
    • Microsoft IIeT35
      I would never work at covermymeds though
      Apr 3
    • CoverMyMeds llamaskate
      I'm an ex-CMMer. I agree. I just haven't authed to my current place since it's so small
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft IIeT35
      I did an interview there for some program for recent college grads, which paid like $15 an hour (LMFAO) and they wanted me to build an entire website in one day with db service and front end on site in one work day. I had no front end skills but I built a functioning java restful service with a full db. My front end was bad but I had never done it before. The assholes had a meeting at the end of the day where all they did was berate me for an hour and criticize my project. I was like 23 right of school and they were like 30+ senior devs. I was extremely close to saying fuck you and leaving. The worst part was them mocking java like it wasn’t useful, what kinds of shitty devs mock different tools? I ended up getting a job in the Bay Area for 3x what their full times make as a java engineer. Sorry for the long story just felt like telling it haha.
      Apr 3
    • Amazon / Engscoops34
      CMM is a rails shop.
      OSU (right next door) has a class on rails, and it seems like CMM has a recruitment pipeline biased towards either hiring co-ops to full-time (after building them up and testing them out the prior summer or two) OR industry hires that have actually rolled around in the rails miasma of an ecosystem for at least a few years... Welcome to the midwest
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft IIeT35
      I mean it’s fucking stupid I could have learned tails why berate someone for knowing different tech
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft IIeT35
      They pay so low anyway lol
      Apr 3
    • Amazon / Engscoops34
      They do pay jackshit.
      They don't understand the point of a good interview experience.
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft IIeT35
      Plus I was young what douchebags to treat a young dev like that
      Apr 3
  • OpenTable / Engb14c7j4x
    Minneapolis has a huge and underated tech scene.

    Target, Medtronic, Lots of Banks and Insurance
    Apr 21
    • General Mills BuzzBee
      Dont forget General Mills. $150k isn't hard to get if experienced. Plus cost of living is lower than Chicago.
      Apr 3
  • Veritas rbVp55
    GitLab is 💯 remote.
    Apr 20
  • McKesson nomad99
    Cerner.
    Apr 27
    • Cerner Yzlb32
      Wrong
      Apr 2
    • McKesson nomad99
      Lol not having a good time?
      Apr 2
    • Cerner Yzlb32
      Lol NO
      Apr 2
    • Cerner pfdP78
      Cerner is great.
      Apr 2
    • Dell pablaa
      Cerner is good but just pay less than other companies with same experience in KC area
      Apr 2
    • M*Modal / Engstremf
      Cerner products look and feel like 1995 Visual Basic applications
      Apr 3
    • Workday InWday
      😆
      Apr 3
  • Amazon / Engjjdkdkdk
    Amazon in Minneapolis
    Apr 21
    • Amazon / Enggldnhndcfs
      I visited there once and the offices were dead by 4pm on a Friday. You might actually have the best of both worlds of high pay but good work life balance.
      Apr 2
  • Adobe KirF38
    Salesforce has a big presence at INDY.
    Apr 20
  • Salesforce chrispycha
    I live in Midwest Indianapolis. You can live here with no issues unless you are greedy for TC. If you can uninstall blind then you can move here
    Apr 35
    • Deloitte / CreativeFHAs14
      Lol
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft huiii
      LOL why? What‘s your TC?
      Apr 3
    • Deloitte / CreativeFHAs14
      Or Midwest firms can just, you know—pay more, lol.
      Apr 3
    • Deloitte / CreativeFHAs14
      Greed is God.
      Apr 3
    • Gen!x / Eng
      ixptl12

      Gen!xEng

      PRE
      startups, JPMorgan Chase
      BIO
      ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      ixptl12more
      God is Good
      Apr 4
  • Microsoft sFAB78
    Epic systems is epic.
    Apr 23
    • Epic bReH16
      NO. You shall regret it later. Dont waste anytime at epic unless you want to live in Madison and don't care about growing in the tech field in general.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon StockPlz
      EPIC is not that bad especially if OP wants to settle down
      Apr 2
    • Dropbox lEGf63
      Epic is pretty awful
      Apr 2
  • Indeed poiuytreww
    Indeed is awesome and in Austin!
    Apr 20
  • Amazon sspsdft
    Cerner
    Apr 25
    • Qualcomm sdengg
      The other day I saw cerner salaries for sw engineers... oof pretty brutal...
      Apr 2
    • Qualcomm dynasty001
      I thought Cerner paid pretty less
      Apr 2
    • H&R Block / EngUwvf45
      Cerner will chew you up and spit you out, I hear.
      Apr 2
    • ConocoPhillips bsjOq
      Heard bad things about culture and work.
      Apr 2
    • TI Deads
      Lot of friends who work at cerner. They're doing two years and getting out. They make it sound like a prison sentence
      Apr 2
  • Target Bp12xie
    Minneapolis FTW
    Apr 23
    • Apple / EngP-value
      I honestly don’t get why anyone would choose Minneapolis as the place to grow their SWE career. Crazy high state income tax, shitty weather, and mediocre compensation is all I’m aware of. Change my mind..?
      Apr 3
    • EATON madinmn
      The compensation is not mediocre if you can negotiate, family friendly and great schools, good work life balance and quality of life. I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t consider Minneapolis.
      Apr 4
    • Apple / EngYoyoboi
      You can find family friendly areas with great schools, good WLB and quality of life somewhere that doesn’t have any of the other downsides I mentioned though...? I haven’t actually done the math but I bet Minneapolis is one of the most expensive places to live in the US for SWEs if you compare income and taxes vs cost of living
      Apr 4
  • Asana PpBC30
    Ann Arbor, one of America’s best college towns, also has a pretty robust tech scene for its size. Especially in the security space, Duo Security, founded and HQ’d in Ann Arbor, was one of the city’s first unicorns.
    Apr 31
    • New / Eng
      rocknrollr

      NewEng

      PRE
      Quicken Loans, Volkswagen
      BIO
      Self driven software architect
      rocknrollrmore
      I live in Ann arbor and love it
      Apr 4
  • Microsoft #captain
    Transferred from Seattle to Minneapolis with no change in comp at Microsoft... All the major cities have a tech hub with a remote office so just depends on if your targeted job will let you be remote. I'd assume you could do a technical sales type job in any market. Depends on your expertise and where you want to live but there are plenty of options
    Apr 22
    • Facebook / Engdudne
      There's Microsoft account in Minneapolis? Nice
      Apr 2
    • Microsoft effyoo
      Microsoft offices all all over the US.
      Apr 2
  • Deloitte / CreativeFHAs14
    Genesys in Indianapolis
    Apr 24
    • Genesys 9823
      It's been crap, not recommended
      Apr 2
    • General Motors sBto05
      It went to shit after ININ sold to become Genesys.
      Apr 2
    • Genesys 9823
      Exactly
      Apr 2
    • Deloitte / CreativeFHAs14
      But you still work there?
      Apr 2
  • Microsoft hddtjbfd
    Garmin
    Apr 23
    • ASAPP / Eng
      CDib54

      ASAPPEng

      PRE
      Under Armour
      CDib54more
      Isn’t that in Kansas where two Indian engineers were shot?
      Apr 2
    • H&R Block / EngUwvf45
      Yes, that was here in the Kansas suburbs.
      Apr 2
    • H&R Block / EngUwvf45
      But that doesn't happen all the time. We have a vibrant Indian community here in the Kansas City metro.
      Apr 2
  • Lyft deznSF
    Not exactly the Midwest, but Lyft is in Nashville if that’s on your radar at all.
    Apr 22
    • Lyft UFQv58
      That’s a customer support office
      Apr 3
    • Lyft McGee
      There are a small handful of engineers there.
      Apr 4
  • Cisco NTXf76
    Utah is underrated. A lot of tech companies and the outdoor scene is incredible
    Apr 22
    • Disney / Eng🍺•🦖
      Ya but Mormons and 3% beer
      Apr 2
    • Amazon ZomPeas
      Ask them about their state-wide innovations, what they are proud or produce (think Mississippi blues or Georgia peaches) of besides Mormonism.

      The common answers I got from about 10 different people on different trip:

      1. Skiing/Outdoors
      2. We invented the TV
      3. Fry Sauce
      Apr 2
  • Expedia bvghngf
    Expedia here in Chicago
    Apr 21
  • Aetna / ProductJ_4fun
    Fb recently signed another lease in Chicago to expand. Salesforce, Google, LinkedIn, Uber all have offices (fewer engineering positions though).. plus Chicago rent or buy are both cheap (even with the property tax), amazing restaurant scene and summer if you can bear the winter
    Apr 20
  • Cerner pfdP78
    Minneapolis is great. Also check out Omaha, Kansas City, Nashville (not Midwest) and Des Moines. Oklahoma City is a dark horse, too.
    Apr 24
    • Microsoft / Eng
      MgIr74

      MicrosoftEng

      PRE
      Amazon
      MgIr74more
      State income tax is really high in Iowa and Minnesota. I grow up in Iowa, it’s a good place, but I’m not going back because of the taxes and brutal winters.
      Apr 3
    • New / IT
      FpPn13

      NewIT

      PRE
      Target
      FpPn13more
      Looking to move to Iowa in a year or so, what’s in Des Moines?
      Apr 3
    • Cerner pfdP78
      Principal, Wells Fargo, John Deere, Veridian, Dwolla, Ruan, Light Edge, Mercy. Also a bunch of insurance companies.
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft / Eng
      MgIr74

      MicrosoftEng

      PRE
      Amazon
      MgIr74more
      Workiva up in Ames. They pay pretty well for Iowa
      Apr 3
  • Salesforce SForce1
    Look outside of tech and there are some amazing companies. Discover in Chicago, General Mills in Minneapolis, Kellogg in Michigan
    Apr 23
    • Amazon TheAmazone
      OP
      Interesting take that not many other people have taken here. Do you happen to know how they'd comp?
      Apr 2
    • Salesforce SForce1
      They pay very well with generally a better work life balance
      Apr 2
    • Amazon oclue
      I worked at discover for 3.5 years as a java developer. Typical non faang low stress job with low pay but great wlb
      Apr 3
  • GSK / Eng
    chotaBheem

    GSK Eng

    PRE
    GSK
    chotaBheemmore
    Why no one mentioned about Walmart labs in Arkansas? 🤔
    Apr 31
    • Cerner pfdP78
      Arkansas isn’t Midwest. But, solid company.
      Apr 3
  • Microsoft Farfalla
    Look at Duluth. They have a company that builds planes with a parachute built inside. Dope
    Apr 21
    • Amazon sinter
      The redneck underwear company?
      Apr 2
  • eBay petta
    I've lived in different parts of the country (FL, IL, PA, GA) and felt California esp Bay area is the best place to live for several reasons such as weather, nature, food, job opportunities, flight connectivity etc. I moved out once in 2012 due to rising cost of living but came back in just 6 months as I missed it so much. I ❤️ Cali. Everything here is better than other parts of the country and that's the exact same reason why it's so expensive but if your TC is decent then this is heaven.
    Apr 20
  • Cornerstone asex35
    I was working for Kroger Technology in Cincinnati for about 2 years. It's generally a good company and wlb. But I can't survive the Midwest winter.
    Apr 20
  • ActiveCampaign / Engsksbabjlq
    ActiveCampaign in Chicago
    Apr 20
  • Tesla Tesla.
    Check out Built in Chicago. Good site that has all the startup news and jobs.
    Apr 20
  • Amazon / EngpumQ58
    Amazon in Minneapolis, Google in Madison. Google in Colorado.
    Apr 20

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