I am currently working in Microsoft as SDE 2 and looking for a switch. What companies are offering great packages in Seattle area including startups as long as package is good.
Current TC 180k
- Amazon bxuu70Microsoft benefits are great. Thats where it stops. my spouse in Microsoft and is fedup with infrequent reorgs, SRE turned SDE’s who are brain dead while coding, lacking team orientations and SDE who have spent their 10 years in one place ( now they believe they are god in their own bubble). They get frequent nuggets like lumpsum stock allocation but effectively peanuts. Benefits yup it rocks. So if you wanna live under rock (steady rock) stay in MS.
Also Amazon is not a place for everyone. You need to be smart Nd passionate to just survive.
- That’s why I left Microsoft when I had the chance. The constant threat of reorgs and the promotion of people who couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag versus those who really knew their sh!t, but couldn’t (or didn’t want to) play the game.
Also, if you stay in the same place at MS long enough or don’t stay fresh with your skills, you start to sound and present like a blueprint of a Microsoft job description.
I’ve done resumes for former colleagues and they just copy and paste their Microsoft job description. I’m like, the whole world doesn’t frame things that way. Tell me actual results, what you achieved - not a bunch of buzzwords that are either internal or don’t tell anyone anything. Plus, there’s a lot of red tape and it takes forever to get stuff done.Dec 23
- What I will say from my experience at both
TLDR; the skills you learn at Microsoft suck but the life you lead at amazon suck
Benefits are absolute ass. But the work and speed are significantly higher quality than at Microsoft, the skills you develop are definitely useful everywhere else. I hate the way stocks is structure or that there’s a TC cap (although it’s high). Overall I love working at amazon because my work matters and you can see the direct impact on costumers
Best way to play it safe. But no one changed the world by being safe. Microsoft has outstanding benefits and occasionally does badass shit. But honestly, it’s mostly out of milking government contracts rather than trying to innovate for non monolithic entities. Additionally, the pace at Microsoft is excessively slow and it’s a giant circle jerk where you are looked down upon for not using Microsoft products. Which in my opinion is the worst part about Microsoft as it prevents you from developing skills that would be useful outside of Microsoft.Dec 32
- Groupon LuvGrpnGroupon, some hot stuff is getting baked in prod and engg in order to prove ourselves!
- Square! We’re a new office here with competitive comp and (in my opinion) pretty cool projects. PM for info if you want.
- Pick Tableau if you want to work at a company that respects its employees and makes customers a priority.
If you thrive on beating your opponent, your primary motivation is career growth, or if you just want to work on the coolest tech trends, Tableau probably isn’t for you.
If you want to grow as a leader, love working with a team to achieve great things, bring a service mindset instead of ego, and believe work is more about the outcome than the method, you could be really happy at Tableau.
We do tend to sink or swim on stock. In my experience salary is lower than others, but TC tends to be higher carried by the stock. We’re growing fast, which helps. Customers love the product and the company.
- Tableau Pete@NervTableau is pretty great. The complains that salary is low and stock might make up for it is valid. It’s still risky even though it’s doing well now. This year almost made up for the three previous years for me. There are some bro culture problems that range anywhere from awful to non existent depending on where in the company you land. Hopefully we are fixing that but management needs trained or cleaned up first. My advice is that I would give for any enterprise if you can find the right team and manager your experience will be awesome, but don’t settle for a less than stellar team.
- Zillow. We’re doing really interesting stuff. Consumer facing products. HQ in Seattle. Great time to take a look at us.
- Interview performance is not correlated to how good he was in his previous job. Current interview system actually favors underperformers who have a lot of time for studying interview questions. Most of my colleagues who went to Google and Facebook were low performers or someone whose team was about to be laid off and they got assigned little to no work. As long as tech companies don’t respect the experience gained in other companies, we are just favoring people who are willing to sacrifice their life for studying or people with no job.
This is already well known issue. I think OP of this thread is unaware of this due to limited exposure to US interview world (because of visa).Dec 52
- REI ican'tWaitBasically no company in Seattle is worth driving into Seattle for work everyday. Find another company on the Eastside
- Cruise Automation EWX4QCruise Automation is opening an office in Seattle and expecting to grow to 200 engineers in 2019
- The one that could pay me the most from far is oci. I love it here. Yes I know people will say Oracle sucks etc...
TC: 850k a year / M5
- I exchanged DM with you before but since I changed my phone I lost all. I am no longer with Microsoft and have not verified so can’t DM unfortunately. Perhaps coffee sometime if you work at Bellevue. Anyhow it is great you seem doing very well. Always cheering for you to do well.Dec 51
- Amazon Tech-GalThe company is called Stackline. They provide big data analytics and services to companies such as Apple, Nike, General Mills, etc to sell online via platforms like Amazon. The team is 50ish people now. 3-4 years old. They bought the old seattle Facebook offices to prepare to scale the team more (~200)Their revenue grew like 10x year over year. Most of the founding team are ex amazonians. I'm still at Amazon. I use to work side by side at Amazon with one of their lead tech guys. They are a fun and smart team! Send me your LinkedIn, email and phone if you are interested in me connecting you to them to learn more. I'm meg. 440-34 It doesn’t hurt to learn
- Thoughtworks / Eng0tcSalesforce? Anyone knows what they offer for new grad (or returning interns) in Bellevue?
- Amazon / OpssaladbarDid someone mention Qualtrics?
Even if it got acquired, I have heard good things about them.
- How about wework, twitch, Pinterest? Airbnb only has internal tools team in Seattle afaik. I want some team working on customer facing products.
- Pinterest. Office is small but growing, projects are interesting, and comp is great.