IBM vs AWS for Software Engineer

Apr 11 29 Comments

Which one's better growth and opportunities wise?

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  • Oracle not_larry
    If you don’t know this one..
    Apr 11 13
    • Oracle not_larry
      Such people will also get PIPed out easily at Amazon.
      Apr 11
    • OP
      Hopefully that's true! Now can you please help me with my doubt?
      Apr 11
    • Oracle not_larry
      Without any other information (team/manager etc.), I would pick AWS any day as a new grad.
      Apr 11
    • OP
      It's not a new grad but yeah SDE 1 position. Any specific reasons why IBM is not worth it? I've seen many people on Blind mocking and against joining IBM.
      Apr 11
    • Amazon / R&D
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      IBM is an traditional company with old leadership (suit wearing types) who don’t understand new technology
      Apr 11
    • OP
      That's really true! I always wonder why people in tech need to wear suits. Also everything is slow at the company.
      Apr 11
    • IBM / Eng ieatcode
      People like to shit on IBM for good reason, but IBM is an enormous company so your mileage is going to extremely vary. I'm at IBM right now with good leadership and I'm working on some pretty awesome tech (not Watson). No one makes you wear a suit here... and my work-life balance is pretty wicked.

      Amazon is def a better opportunity for advancement and what not, but most people leave Amazon after a couple years for the resume boost. It's more or less the same here, but with the caveat that you might get unlucky like the majority of what I've experienced with my other colleagues in my new hire network.
      Apr 12
    • Rally Health FuPayMe$$$
      Well the issue with ibm is garbage tier tc.
      Apr 12
    • IBM / Eng ieatcode
      Again, widely varies. TC is 103k new grad in a low cost of living area
      Apr 12
    • IBM ApSI70
      I would compare IBM Product Side to AWS. If your good at what you do (top college helps) IBM does offer higher base salary than Amazon. Amazon though generally is way higher because of RSU potential if you can survive past two years for the rest ... 40/40.

      I did not choose IBM out of college and had a choice between Amazon and Oracle (didn’t get interviews at other top companies until after I accepted)... chose Oracle mainly due to location (social life, friends) and higher base even though the TC was identical minus the RSU vs Options aspect.

      If your at Amazon you want to be in AWS, Labs / R&D, or Alexa. Most of my friends were miserable in other groups including the drone Avengers thing they were working on. The culture at Amazon is more cut throat where as Oracle and IBM are chill.

      The group at IBM I am at now I wish was hiring when I was in college because of the exposure to the latest and greatest full stack tech. I am also on the client side so lower TC but the travel perks and learning opportunities are second to none. I am also betting Red Hat will help if we don’t fuck it up... I’m hoping they take over and fix our Cloud Platform and culture.
      Apr 17
  • Amazon 63784747
    IBM no doubt!

    It has international brand recognition (especially in the developing nations) and highly respected by the academia and telecom companies.

    Also you might get chance of playing with Watson, or some archaic supercomputers. Or you might be able to travel the world as a highly valued consultant!

    Think about these! You’ll become a multi-cultural and cross-industry phenom!

    Without IBM there would be no Microsoft and many other silly E-commerce or glorified retail companies!

    With Amazon you’ll have no respect at all!

    IBM’s contribution to the science, humanity, and the Universe (including the Black Hole we all are talking about) is enormous!

    Trust me...
    Apr 11 2
    • IBM pqbduwo
      Freaking lmao.

      OP, please choose Amazon. Don't come to IBM.
      Apr 11
    • IBM / Eng TMqY11
      IBMer, can confirm. IBM gets away with garbage TC because people come here for the brand. Also Watson. All hail Watson.
      Apr 14
  • Rally Health FuPayMe$$$
    You really are comparing amazon to ibm?
    Apr 11 4
    • OP
      Uff! This is gonna be my first full time job in US. I was genuinely seeking help. 🙈
      Apr 11
    • Rally Health FuPayMe$$$
      Well to answer your question, you will be stupid to choose ibm over amazon.
      Apr 11
    • OP
      Thank you. I'm sure now!
      Apr 11
    • But I've heard Amazon's wlb is terrible. At IBM I only put in 40 and i was a billable consultant. But no bonuses or raises more than 1-2% usually.
      Apr 12
  • IBM modelx
    Without knowing the teams, AWS would be a no-brainer. Also, I thought the pay difference is significant enough that this question wouldn't come up.
    Apr 12 0
  • IBM / Data
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    Even if you choose to sort them both, AWS will be at index 0. Run for your life
    Apr 12 0
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay2
    Prestige chaser
    Apr 11 2
  • IBM fwRK64
    As others have said highly depends on team, research is better than most amazon teams. Wlb and remote working at IBM on average is significantly better than amazon. I encourage you to strongly consider this if peace of mind or family or stability is a large consideration to you. If absolute compensation is the only consideration than the answer would be different.
    Apr 15 1
    • IBM ApSI70
      Agreed IBM Research is top notch with bonus and RSU in some cases
      Apr 17

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