Daimler to Cruise Automation

Daimler rJd8TI
Sep 20 60 Comments

Currently work on driverless technology and Daimler but I wonder if working at a more "new" company would offer better work culture and potentially pay. Anyone have experience working at a company like BMW/Daimler/Ford and then moving to a driverless tech company like Cruise?

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  • Amazon olhkklh
    German companies often offer no equity at all and nothing to make up for it, which leaves employees compensated below market value - at least in the bay
    Sep 20 5
    • Amazon azmix
      They give you a golden watch when you retire.
      Sep 22
    • Lyft iDgz85
      Join and retire in a month?
      Sep 22
    • Amazon azmix
      Retire as a European and not as a TC obsessed 20-year old from the valley - join after school and retire at 65?
      Sep 22
    • But you get free European vacation.
      Sep 23
    • Amazon azmix
      For a free lifetime European vacation join Amazon Luxembourg :-)
      Sep 23
  • Amazon olhkklh
    Almost certainly better compensation.
    Sep 20 0
  • Lyft yolo420
    Interviewed with Cruise but didn't take their offer as their equity was fairly low.
    Sep 20 2
    • Cruise Automation ⛸️
      Yeah Cruise tends to pay high base but lower equity.
      Their equity used to be cold hard cash tired to GM but no longer
      Sep 22
    • Rockwell Collins cscY72
      Was this for a software engineering position? Does the preparation involve only leetcode?
      Sep 23
  • Twitter Chirped
    Is Cruise a good company, a few months back people/employees were trashing it.
    Sep 22 13
    • Cruise Automation Waygo
      I am not an ex cruiser, I still work at Cruise, and I can vouch culture sucks.
      Sep 25
    • Twitter Chirped
      Thank you for being honest!
      Oct 4
    • Cruise Automation WJBA12
      I second and third the claims about the culture. No amount of sugar coating can change the fact that Cruise has a real culture issue. I think that it's the only thing that will prevent the company from actually succeeding.
      Oct 6
    • Twitter Chirped
      Keeping it high level, so no secrets are shared. What departments are bad?
      Oct 6
    • Cruise Automation whoaahello
      Agreed. Culture isn’t great here, needs to be improved.
      Oct 7
  • Microsoft iamletired
    Cruise is GM, isn't it?
    Sep 22 7
    • Cruise Automation pwiwnspw1
      Yes, but comp is not GM comp. Standard Bay Area private company package but heavy on the cash.
      Sep 22
    • Cruise Automation hqudy651
      Correct. Cruise is no longer solely owned by GM; we are a private company and thus our equity is paper money.
      Sep 22
    • Qualcomm AppleAdded
      Welcome to Aurora.
      Sep 22
    • Lockheed Martin Schz3
      Cold hard cash is the best way
      Sep 23
    • Amazon yoyay
      @cruise folks, Can I get a referral to your org?
      Sep 23
  • Aurora

    Nuro
    Sep 22 7
    • Facebook dnpm23
      @plumb interesting. Why do you say that? BTW I think nuro's biz outlook is much better
      Sep 22
    • Walmart plumb
      @dnpm23 I looked at a lot of profiles from Aurora. Most people come from Tesla autopilot, Microsoft, Google, Baidu and people who have worked on super relevant stuff.

      I agree, Nuro has the best business model and is realistic.
      Sep 22
    • Lyft iDgz85
      Nuro is ex waymo, ex Google. They have a separate niche so less competition.
      Sep 22
    • Uber rqDs70
      Nuro over Aurora any day. Better talent, better product
      Sep 23
    • Cruise Automation Waygo
      No way Nuro has better talent than Aurora. Nuro has better business model and profitability model but Aurora would beat them on talent and IP.
      Sep 25
  • Go try to get in Cruise. I worked with BMW/Daimler/Ford and recently left for the same reasons. I changed industries but you're not alone in this feeling. I moved to a startup. New work culture finally reminded me it doesnt have to be that way and comp went up a bit too.
    Sep 22 0
  • T-Mobile damn-u
    Why not Uber...
    Sep 22 6
    • Airbnb TSfW65
      Because they’re not profitable
      Sep 22
    • Uber rqDs70
      Atg is trash, I wouldn't recommend it
      Sep 23
    • Uber dghtrfh
      Worked at Cruise before coming to Uber and the only people that think it’s trash are the ones that haven’t worked anywhere else.
      Sep 23
    • Uber rqDs70
      I worked at 2 self driving companies before atg, they were not perfect but the leadership was clearly better than EM...
      Sep 23
    • Uber Thuanik
      Ubee is more profitable than Cruise.
      Sep 23
  • General Motors ganbadei
    A GM guy says go for cruise if you can. Automotive is a VERY niche area/industry that’s hard and gets harder to jump out of (if that’s your goal, to do true L4/5 autonomous) the more years you have it on your resume
    Sep 25 4
    • Amazon ipdjks
      Autonomous vehicles projects are probably the least niche within automotive since they are typically the projects with the highest software development percentage + robotics.
      Sep 25
    • General Motors ganbadei
      No it’s even more niche. Automotive companies like to approach the autonomous problem from an entirely different way that the likes of the silicon startups don’t do. I don’t know which one will end up being the “right” one. But it does make it a very niche combo of niche automotive + niche autonomous approach.
      Sep 25
    • Amazon ipdjks
      I guess it depends on the role within that project, I'm sure there's roles which are very specific to AD. People join autonomous driving from non-automotive companies and projects all the time and move on to such companies and projects afterwards as well.
      Sep 25
    • General Motors ganbadei
      Either way, my main point was that even if AV = niche of SW + robotics, I think it’ll be common for many autonomous (something else) app in the future. Sure it’s much less cross over with most SW jobs at FAANG etc companies, but if one wants to go into robotics industry in the long term, please jump out of automotive.
      Sep 25
  • eBay hitjhs
    Need referral for friend who works in autonomous vehicles technology. Please share recruiter contacts. TIA
    Sep 23 2
  • Aptiv Younever
    Can you share your current package at Daimler?
    Oct 2 0
  • Yum! Brands theLead
    You guys need to fix the Apple Watch/iPhone app for unlocking the door first. Crawl before you walk... yea way better companies out there imo
    Sep 23 0
  • Google snidely
    DM me for waymo referral
    Sep 23 0
  • Tesla ujOi24
    Do it. Totally worth it.
    Sep 22 0

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