Is San Francisco or the Bay Area really that much better?

Cisco EPHd31
Aug 7, 2017 26 Comments

I live in Raleigh and it's great city but being young and working in software, I have the FOMO.

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    • Apple Jony Eye
      I love and miss NYC. I'm in the Bay Area now and I think I miss a city with class and character.
      Aug 7, 2017
    • GoodRx XcNo07
      I totally miss NYC when I was there. Speaking of which, any good pizza places that are somewhat on par with NYC pizza?
      Aug 7, 2017
    • WRKSHP / Eng 999
      People like Zachary's deep dish in Berkeley. Also we have an artichoke basille's too (although personally I think it's meh)
      Aug 8, 2017
    • Bluebot / Other Perry Grin
      Deep dish is the exact opposite of NY pizza. To answer your question, no there is no pizza in CA like NY pizza. It's the water, mostly. But also the culture. Which is what pizza is, a local food.
      Aug 8, 2017
    • WRKSHP / Eng 999
      Artichoke basille only has two locations: NYC and Berkeley
      Aug 8, 2017
  • Cloudera gv44529
    The people, tech, and experiences you have access to that you wouldn't normally are worth it living in the Bay Area.
    Aug 7, 2017 0
  • Cisco / Product Napa
    Cisco San Jose pays peanuts, you are better off living life king size in RTP
    Aug 7, 2017 2
    • Yahoo flex_box
      Let's not undersell Cisco now. They provide all the popcorn and hot chocolate your heart desires in addition to your comp package.
      Aug 8, 2017
    • Cisco / Product Napa
      not a comp package my heart desires..not even close
      Aug 8, 2017
  • SurveyMonkey / Other flyonwall4
    It's a mixed bag. Visit and decide for yourself. It's not for everyone. Great weather, pleasant towns here and there, lot of job opportunities... but there are more shallow / self-focused people than in other metro cities, traffic is bad, the city isn't that beautiful compared to other places, there is a weird competitive vibe that isn't always based on real talent, and housing is bananas expensive
    Aug 14, 2017 0
  • Adobe / Eng pequod
    overrated in some me areas. Definitely the cost/quality of living trade-off is nothing like you'll find there I'm sure. It's densley populated and if you're in the city you'll be exposed to needles on the ground, human poop on the ground, lots of homeless and crazies wandering the streets. Plentyuff going on around the city throughout the year and pretty good weather for the most part. of course you get what you put in but I've learned as I get older I find it hard to ignore clear faults that affect my way of living (and that I keep paying that doesn't change it)
    Aug 7, 2017 0
  • Facebook hDxo12
    As someone who has lived in both - I'd move back to Raleigh in a heartbeat if the right opportunity rolled around. Compensation is insane in SF but so are expenses so do the math and make sure you know what u are in for.
    Aug 7, 2017 1
    • Humana / Other datasciguy
      This. Moved away from Raleigh for a year and came right back. Fantastic place to raise a family. I may not be making SF money but I’m certainly not slumming it.
      Aug 8, 2017
  • Cisco fyGf22
    I've lived in the Bay Area for about 8 years. SF itself is grossly overrated in my opinion. But there are other parts such as the east bay and the peninsula that are great to live in.
    Aug 12, 2017 0
  • New / Eng
    fcktechiez

    New Eng

    BIO
    trolled you eh bud?
    fcktechiezmore
    yes and no. la / nyc / seattle / portland are all way more dope if you're not a geezer.

    that said, the opportunity and tech scene here is pretty unmatched, at least for now. the weather is perfect as well, imo.
    Aug 7, 2017 0
  • Microsoft ExFactor
    What do you want from life?
    Aug 7, 2017 0
  • Google CyFB56
    San Francisco is great
    Aug 7, 2017 0
  • Salesforce / Eng
    kernelgrrl

    Salesforce Eng

    PRE
    Google
    kernelgrrlmore
    I've been here for a while - it's really tough right now due to the insane rise in housing but the density of opportunities and experience is unmatched. Be here for the learning but unless you have a super pay package, prepare to move out to a different office later. Great idea is come here, make a mark, learn a bunch and the transfer to a more reasonable place with a company. Any reasonably large company can get you a transfer to Colorado, Texas, Virginia, Atlanta, Washington etc.
    Aug 7, 2017 0
  • New / Eng GGGGGGGGH
    Yes if you can get into a tier1 company. Bring a wife from Raleigh when moving.
    Aug 7, 2017 2
    • GoodRx XcNo07
      The wife part. Too real!
      Aug 7, 2017
    • Bluebot / Other Perry Grin
      ^^ agreed
      Aug 8, 2017
  • Genentech / Eng genssf
    Yes
    Aug 9, 2017 0
  • Ropes & Gray pjkg03
    Nah. (Kinda totally?)
    Aug 7, 2017 0
  • Carvana / Eng
    cFaS24

    Carvana Eng

    PRE
    Apple, weebly
    BIO
    Former SW Eng turned Product Manager
    cFaS24more
    LA/Seattle are great also. Phoenix is up and coming, but still fairly conservative. Only a couple cool companies out here, but it's building a bit.

    If you haven't been, take a trip to the Bay Area. It's a cool city to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there with cost of living plus all the other crap(literal also) you gotta deal with.

    Those taxes too, ouch.
    Aug 7, 2017 0