Bloomberg Vs Amazon Smart Home

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Jan 29 28 Comments

Hello Everyone. I would appreciate if you guys can help me pick between the two offers.

Bloomberg : 135k+15k+10k(relocation)
Team will be decided after a 3 month boot camp.
Location : New York

Amazon Alexa Smart Home team (machine learning) : 120k + 35k (joining bonus first year)
Stocks : 60k ( 5-15-40-40 )
Location : Seattle

Myself: 2 years of experience + a recent master's degree.

If somebody can tell me about the Amazon Team in particular, it would be really helpful.

Thanks for your inputs :)

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  • New Gonner
    Amazon for better TC growth rate and better brand
    Jan 29 10
    • eBay martinw
      How are you liking it at Vudu
      Jan 29
    • Bloomberg / Eng
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      The person who said salary is capped at 275k after 10year tenure at BB is talking out of his ass.
      Jan 30
    • New ScrewUp
      It’s not capped at 275K . Salary never has a hard cap. But it would be difficult to find “many” SSE’s at Bloomberg getting much more than that. They would be the exception rather than the norm. The contrast is still valid compared to Amazon where most of L6 SSE’s will be making more than 300, even in lower cost location like Seattle.
      Other people above have also confirmed that the pay hike in Bloomberg is pathetic. These days they are starting off with higher pay for grads; they needed to do this to prevent them from going out to FANG etc. but the hikes will not come
      Jan 30
    • OnDeck max2387
      Pay raise at Bloomberg is actually really good
      Jan 30
    • Amazon cLdC56
      You’ll be much happier at BB; you’ll sell your life and soul at Amazon
      Mar 17
  • Ask for more from Bloomberg.
    I am a new grad and got a better package.
    Jan 29 0
  • Uber / Eng
    meowimacat

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    Amazon has better brand name, but if you're a single guy I hear Seattle is a shit place, so consider that.

    Any way you can get the Amazon offer changed to NYC?
    Jan 31 0
  • Informatica / Eng
    Hummie

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    Bloomberg can easily go to 150k+20k+30k for you I feel given your 2 year experience and a masters. Just ask for it from HR. They have surely low balled you.
    Jan 30 0
  • Bloomberg HechOneBee
    BB gives grads 170k TC so I think you know the needful to do.
    Jan 29 0
  • Amazon / Data lossfun
    I'm on the smart home machine learning team. It's a great team with two high impact projects, a self-controlled roadmap, low ticket burden, and almost no churn (one person out of 12 has left since inception 1.75 years ago). Manager is fantastic. Senior engineers are very competent and very nice. Weekly ML reading group. Best job I've ever had. No free snacks though (unless you walk to the banana stand).
    Jan 29 4
    • Amazon / Data lossfun
      Sde2s have lots of ownership. Good prospects for promotion.
      Jan 29
    • New Gonner
      Do you always need a rock solid ML experience to get into these teams ?
      Jan 29
    • Amazon / Data lossfun
      Depends on the role. Applied scientist needs a PhD plus a bit of industry experience (internship or more). Most SDEs on our team have a masters degree or serious experience. Most have some experience in ML, but our bar for that is low (need ML exposure/interest, but don't have to be good at building models).
      Jan 29
    • New / Eng
      EDrQ82

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      OP
      Thanks for this comments. I have decided to join the Amazon Smart Home team. I am a noob when it comes to Machine Learning concepts, this job will probably change that :)
      Feb 5
  • Bloomberg ebarbop
    Amazon has better brand name but I never heard of Bloomberg ppl having trouble getting interviews at most places anyways. Seen plenty go to a FAANG, hedge fund, unicorn, etc. Shouldn't be a major deciding factor if it's bb vs amzn...

    Tc wise if u can make sde2 at amzn quickly that's a big bump in pay and more stock. If you're good can hit that in a year, if not many people hit it in 2

    Team and project wise amzn had much more variety of product and all the team are using latest tech stacks. BB has a variety but not as muxh. Some teams have a pretty modern stack but some not.

    I would say if you have reasons to like blomberg whether it's location, people, company, or team then do it. If you're just like idk then amzn is a safer bet I guess.
    Jan 29 1
    • New / Eng
      EDrQ82

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      OP
      Thanks for the comment. I agree with most of the points. A major reason why I was confused was because I was excited about moving to New York. However I guess that will have to wait. Thanks anyways :)
      Feb 5
  • Tableau ImTableau
    Have you tried for SDE position with AWS? If not, you should talk to HR for a role with AI/ML team in AWS. You will have better job & compensation prospects after couple of years if you want to move to some other company. Moreover higher you go up the ladder the more money you make in tech companies. Also, cost of living is far greater in NYC therefore the TC for Amazon comes out far ahead.
    Jan 29 1
    • New / Eng
      EDrQ82

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      OP
      Thanks for the advice. I have already rejected 3 teams before finalizing the Alexa Smart Home team. I think I will stick with this team in the meantime. I agree with the cost aspect of NYC aswell. However I just wish I could have lived there 😂
      Feb 5
  • Tableau ImTableau
    What’s your role & master degree?
    Jan 29 1
    • New / Eng
      EDrQ82

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      My role is that of an SDE in both the companies. My master's degree was in computer science (my course focus was on Machine Learning and AI)
      Jan 29
  • Amazon cLdC56
    You’ll be much happier at BB; you’ll sell your life and soul at Amazon.
    Mar 17 0
  • Amazon cLdC56
    Go for BB
    Mar 17 0