Data Science Advice: Netflix vs. LinkedIn vs. Google

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May 10, 2018 19 Comments

Would appreciate any informed advice on which of the three companies people would recommend for Data Science / Analytics (at a fairly senior IC level), based on the priorities below (roughly in order):

(1) Culture of learning new technical skills, respect + autonomy for DS, interesting work

(2) Work / Life Balance (e.g. hours, flexibility, stress)

(3) Compensation

Thanks!!

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  • Microsoft Simbob
    These companies are fairly big. How interesting the work is will depend very much on the team.
    May 10, 2018 4
    • Facebook xYBg15
      OP
      Good point, thanks. However, are there any general cultural trends that make one place better on average, along some of these dimensions?
      May 10, 2018
    • Microsoft Simbob
      On compensation, Netflix is known for the highest cash portion. Google on average pays higher than LinkedIn. Of companies that pay well, Google is generally the best option for WLB.
      May 10, 2018
    • LinkedIn dnkgb
      atleast in SWE roles I have seen Linkedin paying more than Google.. not sure about Data scientists. WLB is good in Linkedin
      May 11, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      whatsmynam

      LinkedIn Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      whatsmynammore
      Google is not at the top anymore in terms of compensation. LinkedIn has the best WLB. These are facts. There is nothing to discuss about it.
      May 12, 2018
  • LinkedIn darker
    LinkedIn matches G / others when you get the offer. They screw you on refreshers and salary increases. If you have a high incoming, expect 2-3% base increase and no refreshers. Eventually, you’ll leave with a salary deficit.
    May 11, 2018 8
    • LinkedIn darker
      Also, you’re switching from Facebook - you will see a massive drop in coworker quality and massive competency differences between teams + the politics. Oh god the politics.
      May 11, 2018
    • LinkedIn Triggered
      @darker to your post below: Yes the politics...it’s BU to BU but looking at Blind and the screeds and squealing emanating from a couple of teams recently is horrifying really, extremely unprofessional too.
      May 11, 2018
    • LinkedIn darker
      For what it’s worth, the average tenure at LI is 2.4 years.
      May 11, 2018
    • LinkedIn Peppdua
      Uhh just because you're not getting refreshers doesn't mean everyone else isn't. I've gotten 3 refreshers so far and I've been at LinkedIn almost 3 yrs.
      May 14, 2018
    • LinkedIn darker
      @peppdua tc / level?
      May 14, 2018
    • LinkedIn Peppdua
      Senior, 280k
      May 15, 2018
    • LinkedIn darker
      I make well over that. You’re underpaid vs FB /G L5 /E5.
      May 15, 2018
    • LinkedIn Peppdua
      I also only have 3 yrs of experience and unlikely to get L5/E5 at G/FB with that amount of exp.
      May 15, 2018
  • LinkedIn Triggered
    LinkedIn or Google for compensation. Netflix claims they pay top $ but they don’t the pay basically market only. You’ll get no work life balance at Netflix. Finally culture, it’s always subjective.
    May 11, 2018 2
    • Netflix SlMh73
      Total BS.
      May 12, 2018
    • Facebook xYBg15
      OP
      @SIMh73: Could you elaborate a bit? Are you saying Netflix:

      (a) Does indeed pay substantially more than say Google or LinkedIn for DS?
      (b) Has good work-life balance?
      (c) Both (a) and (b)?

      Given you work there, would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
      May 12, 2018
  • LinkedIn Redsparrow
    No lnkd pays less compared to google
    May 11, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      whatsmynam

      LinkedIn Eng

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      Amazon
      whatsmynammore
      Google couldn't even get close to LinkedIn in terms of compensation.
      May 12, 2018

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