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 2 7
    • 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 / Design G҉̨́̕O̶͟͡D
      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

      Google Eng

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      SWE-πmore
      Amazon Austin is 3000+ jobs at this point
      Apr 2
  • Amazon / Product
    .🦔...

    Amazon Product

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    OP, are you an immigrant? If yes, you should also assess how friendly are the mid-west peeps to immigrants...
    Apr 2 17
    • Deloitte / Creative FHAs14
      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

      Microsoft Product

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      Bain & Company
      Brazukamore
      Chicago is it's own thing. Don't compare it to the rest of midwest.
      Apr 6
  • Cerner Yzlb32
    You DO NOT want to live and work in the Midwest. It's depressing.
    Apr 2 12
    • 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 / Eng SnakeDr
      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 / Eng P-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 Juulpods1
    Epic in Madison
    Apr 2 10
    • Amazon / Eng jjdkdkdk
      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 2 10
    • 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 2 8
    • Facebook / Eng dudne
      Are you sde3 or higher ?
      Apr 2
    • Amazon iklU72
      L6 SysDE
      Apr 2
    • Facebook / Eng dudne
      Gotcha!
      Apr 2
    • H&R Block / Eng Uwvf45
      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 / Eng ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
    Lots of trading firms in Chicago that will pay more than FAANG.
    Apr 2 15
    • Indeed / Eng lolzzzzz
      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 / Eng lolzzzzz
      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 / Eng lolzzzzz
      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 2 2
    • New / R&D zipzap1
      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!x Eng

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      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 2 5
    • 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 2 3
    • 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

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    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 2 6
    • 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

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      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

    Uber Mgmt

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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 2 6
    • Target / Eng DogAndJack
      Lifelong Minnesotan

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

      Uber Mgmt

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      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 / Product rkld
      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 2 4
    • EA Oook
      Would add that living is very cheap and TC remains high for tech.
      Apr 2
    • NetApp / Eng GmQX46
      Yes agree
      Apr 2
    • Twitter FANGT
      by why would anyone want to live in Pittsburgh?
      Apr 2
    • NetApp / Eng GmQX46
      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 2 1
    • Microsoft / Eng bebK16
      Sell your soul to write firmware DRM so farmers can't fix their tractors in their own.
      Apr 2
  • Salesforce / Eng
    DaChubbler

    Salesforce Eng

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    Solution Architect at Salesforce, formerly QA eng with 18 yrs exp.
    DaChubblermore
    Salesforce in Indianapolis
    Apr 2 4
    • 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

      Salesforce Eng

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      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 2 4
    • Microsoft / Eng bebK16
      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 / Product foXi81
      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 / Eng bebK16
      Any income tax is greater than no income tax in WA, though.
      Apr 2
    • GrubHub / Eng 8h6ss
      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 2 6
    • 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 / Data 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 / Creative FHAs14
    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 3 7
  • Google / Eng
    SWE-π

    Google Eng

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

      Google Eng

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      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 2 3
    • 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