Google vs. Dolby?

Nov 2 60 Comments

Google L4 ML SWE:
Base: $140k
RSU: $150@4y
SignOn: $30k

Dolby P3 Sr. Research Engineer
Base: $175k
RSU: $80k@4y
SignOn: $10k

YoE: 2 post Masters

I like the team @Dolby but @Google is a better name on resumè as per peers.

Any Suggestions?

UPDATE: Finalized with Dolby.
REASON: Not interested in the matched teams @Google; Have worked in large corporations before so prefer smaller and niche ones; Dolby team seems more focused and impactful

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  • New / Strategy
    MaxStrat

    New Strategy

    PRE
    American Express, Accenture
    MaxStratmore
    Google it is. No brainer.
    Nov 2 5
    • OP
      Even if I like the team at Dolby? Why still Google?
      Nov 2
    • New / Strategy
      MaxStrat

      New Strategy

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      American Express, Accenture
      MaxStratmore
      Dolby is a dying company. Google has endless doors to open once in there.
      Nov 2
    • Dolby DLB
      I don’t think Dolby is dying company. But as an employee of Dolby I would suggest OP to join Google. Dolby’s base is higher than Google but after that vesting period, good luck getting those RSUs as refreshers.

      This is the first time I have heard/seen that Dolby is paying way more than Google. You must be something special for them :) good job OP
      Nov 3
    • Dolby oVUf22
      Agreed with DLB. Dolby Vision and Atmos is well on its way to being on every playback device. Being a small/mid size company with around 2k employees, you may find yourself in a position for greater impact.
      Nov 3
    • OP
      Thanks! Yes the position is for Dlb Vision and I have worked in large corporations. Even if they are good, it all boils down to thick management layers which sucks.
      Nov 3
  • Facebook
    fb2019

    Facebook

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    Google, Oracle
    fb2019more
    Wtf is Dolby? Why is this even an option?
    Nov 2 3
    • OP
      Considering the team, the work, the product. Life’s not always about FAANG, right?
      Nov 2
    • Glassdoor ffff.
      Don't listen to a guy who works for a has been php website, go with Dolby
      Nov 2
    • Dolby sounds far more interesting than google to be honest
      Nov 4
  • Microsoft / Eng SwiftSocks
    Get google to match then choose google.
    Nov 2 3
    • OP
      Google didnt match the Base
      They bumped up the RSU from $100k to $150k
      Nov 2
    • Uber 9ruma
      Is that per year? Or all four years
      Nov 2
    • OP
      4 years
      Nov 2
  • You should go for the one which interests you most. After a certain threshold of income, the money is less important than the enjoyment of work. There are plenty of high paying software jobs but working with tech you may find boring, or not in your specialization. Go for the company that interests you, don't just go for a company because of their name
    Nov 4 12
    • 1.8 million for a mediocre home equals a housing bubble. It's not hard to time it when the bubble is that big. The economy is going into recession soon, so people won't need to wait very long if they want to buy. Smart investors have been stock piling their cash patiently waiting to buy up cheap stocks, companies, real estate, etc. Like Berkshire Hathaway for example.

      This is how the rich get richer, through consolidation of wealth

      https://images.app.goo.gl/ENBRCprx56vQY8oV6
      https://images.app.goo.gl/NkRSUPjVaA4P9qDU9
      Nov 5
    • Google AC/TC
      The first graph you showed suggested people should sell and hold cash starting in 2012-2014.

      Would you have also said the economy is going into a recession soon and it's time to board cash?

      Because I thought that back then too. I think it's a lot hard to predict the future than that.
      Nov 5
    • Yes by around 2014 I began stopping big spending, got my money out of stocks and just sat on cash. It was definitely early, but getting out early is infinitely better than getting out late.

      But now in 2019 finally the breaking point looks near with inverted yeild curve, mortgage companies selling sub prime mortgages (again), skyrocketing housing prices, overvalued stocks and so on
      Nov 6
    • Google AC/TC
      How is it infinitely better than getting out later?

      You lose like 50-75% returns if you cashed out 100% in 2014 vs. staying invested to now.
      Nov 6
    • If you get out late you not only have lost your money after the stock or housing prices collapse, but you also have lost the opportunity to reinvest again with your earnings and sell high at the next peak. If you lost there is no point selling, your investments are already at rock bottom.

      I agree that if you had cashed out in 2014 you would have lost out on plenty of profits. But quiting while you are ahead is still a lot better than playing it risky and losing
      Nov 7
  • New / IT
    spartan90

    New IT

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    Sopra Steria
    BIO
    Blah blah tech blah
    spartan90more
    The difference in base a lil too much to ignore. I'd go with dolby
    Nov 2 2
    • Google SDDooo
      Google has 15% bonus and yearly stock refreshers. Pay would be way higher at Google than Dolby
      Nov 2
    • Dolby oVUf22
      It is true that yearly stock refreshes are rare at Dolby. You may get a small bit every other year.

      At P3, the bonus is around 7.5%
      Nov 3
  • Google gosh look
    I'm a Googler and I say Dolby. Don't buy into the Kool aid. Let the TC and work do the talking.
    Nov 2 0
  • Google XnDw37
    here we go Google paying less then Dolby... to ML engineers... Google is new IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Dell you choose.
    Nov 2 2
    • OP
      😂
      Nov 2
    • Google XnDw37
      but this is what it takes. google will have many internal options and like you mentioned better to have at CV for future
      Nov 2
  • New / IT
    spartan90

    New IT

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    Sopra Steria
    BIO
    Blah blah tech blah
    spartan90more
    That's actually a decent base for L3 at goofle
    Nov 2 2
    • Goofle
      Nov 2
    • New / IT
      spartan90

      New IT

      PRE
      Sopra Steria
      BIO
      Blah blah tech blah
      spartan90more
      🤣🤣
      Nov 2
  • Yahoo Genius
    YOE??
    Nov 2 2
    • OP
      2 post masters
      Nov 2
    • Yahoo Genius
      Even though the base diff is significant, I would go with Google. Just because it will look nice on your resume as a new fresh grad!
      Nov 2
  • What is Engg
    Nov 2 2
  • Google Ben Dover.
    Google. Hands down.
    Nov 2 0
  • Dolby DLB
    What did you decide OP?
    Nov 10 3
    • Ford soccering
      Coming to Dolby. Starting in a week.
      Nov 19
    • Dolby dOlBy
      Congrats :) welcome to Dolby. Btw care to share the final numbers.
      Nov 19
    • Ford soccering
      The above mentioned are the final numbers.
      Nov 19
  • OP
    Both have bonuses
    Nov 2 3
    • Dolby DLB
      Dolby’s bonus is max 7.5% for P3 but not more than that.
      Nov 3
    • Dolby oVUf22
      Yep. P4 is 10% and P5 is 15%. Getting those promotions at Dolby can also be difficult as we are already seen as top heavy.

      There is also profit sharing however. In addition to the 50% match of first 6% into 401k, Dolby could put an additional 10% of salary into 401k. You may want to double check with your HR rep if this is part of the offer.
      Nov 4
    • OP
      Yea so the profit sharing is there and I like that. Has better 401k than G.
      Nov 4
  • Netflix subzero123
    May be this is a hard decision. Google is a safe choice. If you choose Dolby, you probably should be very very clear that is what you want. If you are confused, may be Google is the better choice.

    Career is a pretty long thing. It is relatively easier (in my opinion) to come back to Dolby later than to go to Google.
    Nov 2 1
    • OP
      Thats a sound advice. I prefer Dolby coz I know what I want. With Google, the team is not preferred but as people point out, I could switch well within G than D.
      Nov 2
  • Google flagged
    You know what you are going to do.
    Nov 3 0
  • Qualcomm yo69yo69
    Isn't the tc too less for google. TC 177.5
    Nov 2 1
    • Facebook
      fb2019

      Facebook

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      Google, Oracle
      fb2019more
      Google should have bonus as well. So total about 195k
      Nov 2
  • Google AC/TC
    Definitely Google
    Nov 2 0
  • Google SDDooo
    Google. This is an absolute no-brainer.
    Nov 2 0
  • Walmart plumb
    Google
    Nov 2 0

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