Cruise vs Shopify vs Nextdoor vs Instacart vs Splunk (potentially)

New ydlf51
Jul 31 23 Comments

I have gotten the following offers. YOE: ~15 years.

Cruise:
- TC: 335k
- salary: 185k
- annual bonus: 55k
- sign on 30k
- RSU 350k (total) over 4 years

Shopify
- TC: 220k
- salary: 180
- RSU: 125k over 3 years

Instcart
- TC: 303k
- salary: 185k
- RSU: 476k over 4 years

Nextdoor
- TC: $274k
- Salary: 190k
- Sign on: 20k
- Options: 316k over 4 years

Splunk:
- Still waiting. Told them that my expectation is 300k. The recruiter said that it's a bit on the high side and will see what he can do.

I'm leaning towards Cruise since they are working on some really cutting edge stuff there, but I also heard that the culture there isn't that great. What do you guys think? Please keep trolling to the minimum.

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TOP 23 Comments
  • Cruise Automation rotifbs28
    Don’t do Cruise
    Aug 1 2
    • New ydlf51
      OP
      Care to elaborate?
      Aug 2
    • Cruise Automation rotifbs28
      They had no cheese snacks stocked in the kitchens
      Aug 2
  • Microsoft / Eng FwwQ08
    Instacart is an interesting choice; I’d take it over the others here.
    Jul 31 4
    • New ydlf51
      OP
      Interesting. Care to elaborate?
      Jul 31
    • Microsoft / Eng FwwQ08
      It’s a segment leader in a market with huge potential; groceries are like $1 trillion per year. IMO it has more upside than any of the other options here. I’ve heard mixed things about tech there, but nothing out of line with a tech startup growing into a big company.
      Jul 31
    • Cruise Automation 🥩supreme
      Groceries is 1t not delivery. No one had figured out how to make it profitable yet. Imo instacart is just another groupon waiting to happen
      Jul 31
    • Microsoft / Eng FwwQ08
      That’s true about groceries being $1T in total, but delivery is only going to expand from its current state. I believe they’ve got a better shot than most at being the dominant delivery partner, but have no crystal ball here, just my opinion.
      Aug 1
  • Capital One
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    Capital One

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    sjdhxyymore
    I heard good reviews about nextdoor and it’s depends upon team but there is potential to go IPO or get acquired as it is later stage startup . If you get splunk then forget everything and get Splunk .
    Jul 31 0
  • Google shn ghv
    with Cruise keep on mind that your tc should not include rsus, or should be heavily discounted. There is chance they don't make anywhere against the heavy competition and you end up with worthless rsus.
    Jul 31 2
    • New ydlf51
      OP
      Totally, agree. Discounting the RSU completely, we are looking at 240k for Cruise.
      Jul 31
    • Microsoft meanwhile
      Yup Cruise IPO has a long way to go. No revenue for the next few years.
      Jul 31
  • Microsoft meanwhile
    If I am Indian, I would choose Instacart. There is something about working for home grown companies.

    If not, I would go for either Nextdoor or Cruise. Nextdoor has a promising future with dominance in the space. There are a lot of people with single family homes using it and what Nextdoor provides can be easily monetized for home owners.

    Cruise is no 2 in this space. I saw some people complain about culture and engineering stack. But this is consistent with other start ups. If I don’t need much cash in near future, this will be my first choice (eg single guy with no kids). You would have many choices later in career after spending some years at Cruise. You want to be in a growing area.
    Jul 31 0
  • Yelp / Eng sJJv80
    Shopify and Splunk are public companies, so they have an advantage in that their stock is real money.

    I have also heard Cruise was a shit show just generally speaking.

    Nextdoor, I interviewed with them, and they did not impress me. It was such a disorganized process, I can’t imagine the rest of the company is any better. I also didn’t think they were doing anything particularly interesting.
    Jul 31 1
    • New ydlf51
      OP
      I'm looking at Nextdoor more seriously now since I know some people there have sold their shares in the secondary market. Also, everyone has good things to say about the new CEO.
      Jul 31
  • Which one did you decide to go, OP?
    Aug 13 1
  • American Express QBDK33
    OP, Which one did you end up choosing?
    Aug 7 0
  • Salesforce foobar1233
    What levels at these companies?
    Aug 7 1
    • New ydlf51
      OP
      All Sr. Dev. Except for splunk. Somehow they think that I'm a level 3.
      Aug 24
  • Splunk / Eng Kjcdfjc
    Id pick splunk if they pay 330. Otherwise cruise is good too with more interesting tech. Also their rsu is real money too.
    Jul 31 2
    • New ydlf51
      OP
      I'm assuming that you are saying that Cruise's RSU is real money too. Their RSU is not liquid afalk.
      Jul 31
    • Splunk / Eng Kjcdfjc
      Yea... you are right, they used to offer GM RSU, seems like not any more after spin off
      Jul 31

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