Deciding between Google & Apple

Uber Niteman
Dec 11, 2018 53 Comments

Have offers from both companies as a SWE and am having a hard time choosing. I love the culture at Google, but am passionate about the product area I’d be focusing on at Apple. I would also be leveled higher at Apple. I’d prefer not to give more info than that - starting comp is somewhat comparable and trying not to base my decision purely on that.

Can anyone who has worked at either company comment with any insight? Does Apple have comparable opportunity to grow technically that Google does? If I was to turn down one opportunity, does that close the door on it indefinitely?

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TOP 53 Comments
  • Google / Eng andone
    If SWE, Google. But come on, if you want advice, you need to share TC first. Give and take.
    Dec 12, 2018 4
    • Uber Niteman
      OP
      Not sure why that should be a prerequisite for advice, it’s not the only thing that matters here to me and I’d prefer to not make this a numbers thread
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng IAmJob
      Agreed numbers matter. And its blind its freaking anonymous.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • PayPal Jingyang
      It matters to others who will give u advice. Just post the TC and see the responses.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • PeerStreet
      MJ72ha13

      PeerStreet

      PRE
      Amazon
      MJ72ha13more
      OP stop being a jabrony and share your TC
      Dec 12, 2018
  • PayPal Jingyang
    Tc or gtfo
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Google / Mgmt FYlH08
    TC or GTFO idiot. We're not doing charity here
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • Apple / Other
    Towel

    Apple Other

    BIO
    Open for new ideas, challenges and willing to loose in short term for a long term gains.
    Towelmore
    Obviously I’m biased towards Apple. It’s a great place to work, lots of innovative products in the que, work env isn’t much different across industry but I’m sure you will enjoy here
    Dec 12, 2018 1
    • Apple 🖕_🍎
      Biased towards Apple - easeoff on apple juice.
      Great place to work - YMMV
      Innovative Products - Highly debatable
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Tc or gtfo
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon Jm22
    Tc or gtfo
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Uber Niteman
    OP
    While I appreciate the thoughts, does anyone have anything more substantive or any rationale as to why one company over the other, given my thoughts in the summary?
    Dec 12, 2018 4
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      G is better for career growth/promotions.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Google / Eng andone
      I don’t know if G would be better than U for growth.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Uber Niteman
      OP
      Could you guys elaborate a bit on that?
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Google / Eng akline
      Uhh Google may be better for growth but def not for promotions. People are too obsessed about it.
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Seagate toti420
    Tc or gtfo. I don’t know why I’m posting but monkey see monkey do
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Yunos
    For SWE, definitely google.
    Dec 11, 2018 2
    • Uber Niteman
      OP
      Why do you say that?
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Microsoft Yunos
      Tc or gtfo
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Google / Eng 7xD19i
    Obviously I’m biased towards TC or gtfo
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon g8rb8
    TC or gtfo
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • Twitter Waco
    Tc or gtfo
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • MuleSoft Damndaniel
    Tf or double gtfo
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • Google Viix
    Google
    Dec 11, 2018 1
    • Google Viix
      Well unless you're bringing that Uber ideology.
      Dec 11, 2018
  • Microsoft Yunos
    Tc or gtfo
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • New / Eng dotslash
    TC or GTFO, you should know the blind etiquette
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng cho Chang
    What are the levels?
    Dec 12, 2018 0
  • Oracle / Eng
    pzdc

    Oracle Eng

    PRE
    Google, Facebook, Instacart, Twitter, Uber, Air Asia, IBM, Cisco
    pzdcmore
    Tc or gtfo
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng IAmJob
    Why leave uber. Sounds like both google and apple would be a downgrade
    Dec 12, 2018 4
    • Uber Niteman
      OP
      I have not decided to leave yet, I think staying is a great option as well (it wasn’t at the time of applying). Why do you see it as a downgrade?
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng IAmJob
      I think uber has a better growth story than the two companies. Shouldn't you be holding out for IPO?
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Uber Niteman
      OP
      Yeah thats been a big hesitation of mine for leaving, especially with the news of us filing for IPO last week. I’ve been feeling like I could use a change in scenery mostly just for personal reasons but also partly just to be exposed to new technical problem spaces, but you’re totally right it would be hard to leave this close to IPO.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng IAmJob
      Moving teams isn't an option?
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng IAmJob
    OP got whooped lol
    Dec 12, 2018 1
    • Google / Mgmt FYlH08
      That's what they deserve - TC or Get Whooped!
      Dec 12, 2018