Lyft vs Stripe, infra engineering in Seattle

HBO bzyj57
Jul 16, 2018 15 Comments

Yep, another one of these posts.

Trying to decide between the two. I have offers from each, TC is roughly the same, both on infra teams.

I don't have an obvious winner yet, because:
- both potential managers seem like great folks to work for, very smart
- I've heard/read good things about the "engineering culture" at both shops
- I have acquaintances that are happy at each company

I'm particularly interested in:
- career growth
- being part of a smart, high-functioning team
- decent tech stack
- WLB (particularly w.r.t. on-call, I've been on too many crap on-call rotations)
- company's future prospects

Stripe seems to have a lot of ridiculously talented folks and a great culture, but the work at Lyft might be a touch more interesting? Thoughts?

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TOP 15 Comments
  • Stripe qoGx07
    Greetings from a Stripe here. :-)

    Stripe, for its more ethical business model. Lyft relies on its network of drivers, but won’t classify them as employees or pay them enough. It has no incentive to do better here. Stripe’s success is directly tied to the success of the businesses on its platform. It has every incentive to innovate for them and a strong disincentive to do shady things like monetize their data.
    Jul 22, 2018 1
    • Didi Chuxing yayq03
      I wonder if stripe is profitable now. For sure Uber, Lyft are not.
      Jul 22, 2018
  • Twitter Tr628
    Lyft. Read Glassdoor reviews for Stripe.
    Jul 16, 2018 3
    • Stripe / Eng jaQG11
      Which are far better than Lyft's?
      Jul 17, 2018
    • HBO bzyj57
      OP
      Yeah, there are a few critical reviews of each, but it mostly seems like a wash (once you filter to reviews from engineers).
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Twitter Tr628
      Never read Lyft's maybe they're bad too.
      Jul 19, 2018
  • LinkedIn kpQS18
    Stripe!!
    Jul 19, 2018 1
    • HBO bzyj57
      OP
      Since you used 2 exclamation points, I have to ask: what's your reasoning? :-)
      Jul 19, 2018
  • Indeed discuss
    Can't go wrong with both. Congrats
    Jul 16, 2018 1
    • HBO bzyj57
      OP
      Thanks! It's a great problem to have, for sure. Would have been much easier though if I had bombed the interview at one of the two. ;-)
      Jul 16, 2018
  • Palantir 1111113
    TC or GTFO
    Jul 16, 2018 0
  • Lyft
    Jul 16, 2018 2
  • IBM Jake96
    Can you share the TC?
    Jul 16, 2018 0