Compare Instacart SF vs Zillow Seattle offers

Bloomberg barack
Oct 8 36 Comments

Please vote.

Zillow (Seattle) - TC ~ $305k
Base $190k
RSUs $250k over 4 years
Sign on $90k
Relocation $10k
Factors: Good wlb, low risk, gloomy weather, less opportunities, good savings, good commute

Instacart (SF) - TC ~ $335k
Base $195k
RSUs $525k over 4 years
Sign on $10k
Relocation $10k
Factors: Challenging work, manager seemed very nice, pre ipo - high risk with possibility of high reward, great weather, unlimited opportunities, high COL, bad commute

Another thing to consider: spouse is also a software engineer and has offers in both cities.

I have couple other offers including Uber but these were the best two so narrowing down the choices.

YOE 9
Current TC 169k in NY

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TOP 36 Comments
  • Flowcast lulll
    The $$$ will go a lot further in Seattle
    Oct 8 5
    • Flowcast lulll
      Also Zillow is public. Instacart may get deleted one day
      Oct 8
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      True. Hence high risk. But if it goes IPO, the RSUs could be worth a lot more.
      Oct 8
    • Dropbox vpmO82
      No. Don't be naive. Look at Uber and Lyft.
      Oct 8
    • State Farm sweeeeee
      True ^
      Oct 9
    • Instacart NotElliot
      Instacart isnโ€™t even #3 right now in their industry.
      Oct 24
  • Bloomberg barack
    OP
    Anyone voting for Instacart, what's the rationale?
    Oct 8 3
    • Zillow Group ย“
      dm if you want the red pill
      Oct 8
    • Zillow Group shT2gn
      Because we know what working at Zillow is like
      Oct 17
    • Zillow Group ย“
      Exactly
      Oct 17
  • Why do you say zilllow has less opportunities? If you're working on their new offers stuff it's all brand new. Anyway money makes this a no brainer.
    Oct 8 5
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      I meant Seattle as a city has less opportunities (tech jobs), not Zillow. Considering this for future as my spouse and I are both software engineers.
      Oct 8
    • Amazon / Eng mOwGLee
      I doubt any other city except SF has better tech opportunities than Seattle.
      Oct 8
    • Seattle is #2 Silicon Valley
      Oct 8
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      Right.. and that's why I'd only mention it when comparing with SF.
      Oct 8
    • You can only do one job at a time. Doesnโ€™t matter whether itโ€™s SF or Seattle for number of opportunities
      Oct 8
  • Bloomberg barack
    OP
    Update: If anyone cares.. I ended up taking Zillow after some more negotiations. Hope it's the right decision.๐Ÿคž So if you're seeing this post now, please only vote for Zillow to make me feel better. Thanks.
    Oct 31 2
    • Zillow Group GgjN77
      Welcome. Hope you find yourself at home :)
      Oct 31
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      Thank you :)
      Nov 1
  • AT&T MsdR32
    Do you want stability or risk? Instacart as pre-ipo is risky, and they have some competitors. Zillow is pretty solid, but not likely to spike, i.e. from IPO.
    Oct 8 3
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      Can take a little risk. No kids, no debt. Spouse has offer from more stable companies. I think Instacart will succeed in IPO or acquisition, but I might be just naive.
      Oct 9
    • AT&T MsdR32
      I'd consider looking at the financial reports from both companies and see which you think is more likely to succeed and which you believe in.

      You don't want to be at he next WeWork!

      Good luck and let us know what you decide.
      Oct 10
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      Thanks. Will update soon as I make a decision. :)
      Oct 10
  • Instacart NotElliot
    Instacart will never IPO.
    Oct 10 0
  • Verizon TY29mE
    There will always be opportunities no matter which company you go to -- you just need go find it. I love Zillow (product wise) and the friends that work there seem to really love it there.
    Oct 8 0
  • Zillow Group ylkf3
    If our stock recovers your TC will increase by 25-35%. Its at all time low
    Oct 10 1
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      Yeah.. Let's hope so. ๐Ÿคž
      Oct 10
  • New ballsy
    Zillow is not risk free. There offers product is unproven territory. The comp from Zillow looks senior and it's not bad. Worked at Zillow and would suggest the wlb and culture. Seattle is a great city and I don't agree with all the shit it gets about its weather
    Oct 9 3
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      Right about the risk. I have offer in Zillow Offers. I have read mixed opinions about it. They're betting big on it but it's still risky. Not as risky as Instacart though.
      I'm still worried about the weather. โ˜”
      You think the comp for Instacart doesn't look senior enough?
      Oct 9
    • New ballsy
      I can't comment on insta as I don't know their bands. I am a manager at Zillow and your package looks reasonable for senior. I have given better offers than that sometimes but there was something special about those people that justified the offer. Seattle is significantly cheaper compared to SF too. Wlb is great at ZG so if weather is an issue take time off in Jan Feb. The stock is beaten badly and I don't think it will go down anymore but who knows.
      Oct 10
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      Good to know. Thanks! Good point about taking time off in winter. I'm still trying to negotiate on the offer and if it works out, I'll likely take it.
      Oct 10
  • Zillow Group JPFE06
    What's your level and YOE?
    Oct 14 1
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      P4 and close to 9 yrs
      Oct 14
  • Washington does not have state income tax, itโ€™s >9% more money
    Oct 10 1
    • Bloomberg barack
      OP
      Yep. Probably the biggest selling point in favor of Seattle.
      Oct 10
  • Zillow Group GgjN77
    I don't think Zillow is necessarily low risk for what it's worth. Also wlb varies by team
    Oct 22 0

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