Microsoft —> Slack/Uber/Airbnb, which one to consider ?

Microsoft FaangEd
Jan 27, 2018 45 Comments

Compensation almost same, will be moving to SF from Redmond.

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  • Uber! Great time to join
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • If you interviewed at all 3, you get a sense of the people you would be working with which should be the main deciding factor imo.

    At Uber it’s very likely that some of your future coworkers and managers are in the loop. That was also the case when I interviewed at Airbnb. I have not interviewed at Slack.

    The other factor is level of the team/difficulty of the problems you will be facing. That is what made me choose Uber over Airbnb in 2015, as the team I was joining at Uber was much much stronger than its equivalent at Airbnb. Obviously Airbnb and Slack have teams which are better than anyone else too. For my specialization, Uber was clearly ahead though and still is.

    Uber 2018 is a much better workplace than 1 year ago. People have learned. EMs got a shitload of training. And those who missed the old ways have left.

    If you have questions feel free to PM me. Good luck!
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Microsoft richardhea
    Horrible choice, the Bay Area is an overcrowded shithole.
    🍆
    Jan 27, 2018 2
    • Amazon Qlch60
      But it has the sun.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Microsoft richardhea
      Barf, the constant lack of any interesting weather is extremely overrated.
      🍆
      Jan 27, 2018
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    • Airbnb / Eng
      Mariochen

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      Mariochenmore
      Why is uber out of the question?
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Cruise Automation / Eng
      Slack I've heard also has excellent WLB
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Uber Magical
      Uber for tech, opportunities, prestige and solving important problems. AirBnB and Slack if you are looking to be on an average growth trajectory.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Airbnb / Eng 0x00000000
      Yeah, from what I’ve heard, Slack is the clear winner for WLB
      Jan 28, 2018
  • Uber Uber4687
    Uber. See one of the current Blind posts about an Airbnb engineer struggling with depression from what seems like an incredibly boring line of work there. I don’t mean to say all of AirBnb is like this but I would carefully make sure you are actually interested in the work. It’s common for companies to cover up boring work under the pretense of a great culture.

    Uber on the other hand is chaotic but the work is super interesting. If you like the proposed team, then I would pick that.
    Jan 27, 2018 2
    • Airbnb Taramoto
      The guy is just clinically depressed and very lonely. I don’t think it has much to do with the work.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Airbnb Belógne
      Am at Airbnb. Can confirm, bored out of my skull.
      Jan 28, 2018
  • Yahoo 7xyz2a
    Slack

    Post the offers you got too. Help others.
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Uber / Eng mvbz43
    Uber!
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Microsoft FoIl25
    Airbnb
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Uber / Eng shANq80
    Assume you met all the engineers in those companies like me, UBER. Lots of ex Microsofties here!!
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Uber whoami?
    I personally love uber
    Feb 1, 2018 0
  • Uber Thegod
    Uber all day , erryday
    Jan 29, 2018 0
  • Uber knight
    If you are mobile and infra, Uber for sure
    Jan 28, 2018 0
  • Uber qfsJ62
    Uber any time
    Jan 28, 2018 0
  • Airbnb Taramoto
    Can’t comment on slack, but between airbnb and Uber-

    If they’re all offering you similar figures, I airbnb is the clear winner in a purely financial sense. There’s less risk in Airbnb’s business because our competition is relatively weak in our market and we have stronger network effects.

    I’ve also read on blind that Uber engineers joining now are quoted the preferred price in negotiation, but actual valuation is dramatically lower at the moment. I don’t know if that’s accurate but I would suggest looking up those threads.

    For other factors I think it depends on your area and what you’re into. Infra is way more advanced at Uber so you’d learn from the best there, but there’s more opportunity vía low hanging fruit at airbnb.

    Also be sure that you are factoring in the value of your refreshers
    Jan 27, 2018 3
    • Uber Magical
      Softbank literally just bought stock at the preferred price from Uber. We aren’t likely to IPO below that.
      Jan 28, 2018
    • Uber / Eng kigftj
      Way more equity growth likely at Uber over Airbnb. Airbnb is a safer bet but it’s no longer growing as fast as uber
      Jan 28, 2018
    • Airbnb infiniteth
      Wanna bet?
      Mar 12, 2018
  • Microsoft St5gjft
    I had a similar question in front on me and chose Airbnb !
    Jan 31, 2018 0
  • Airbnb RKmf73
    Uber seems like a pretty miserable place to work
    Jan 31, 2018 0
  • Uber / Mgmt
    NTxg66

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    Uber and Airbnb are both pre-IPO so you will be fine either way.

    Slack is cool but not sure about their upside, which depends on their future business model.

    If you like early stage startup, Slack is worth a try. If you want less risk, go with Uber or Airbnb.

    If you choose between Uber and Airbnb, I would say Uber since ridesharing has more engineering challenges due to higher volume of real-time requests.
    Jan 28, 2018 0
  • Slack yofC32
    Depends on what you'll be doing and what you want out of it. Your stock at Airbnb is over rated, since they aren't going public soon and may never. Having been at Airbnb and Slack, I like the culture at Slack better, but there are somewhat fewer workplace amenities. If you're inexperienced and doing data science, design, or front end, Airbnb is top notch and a great place to learn though. Stay the hell away from Uber.
    Feb 24, 2018 3
    • Airbnb QualityOfF
      What’s slack’s target for liquidity? You’re actually trying to go public?
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Slack yofC32
      There is no announced target date, but everything I've heard internally indicates we're moving towards a PTO. We just named independent board members and a CFO. The CEO isn't interested in moonshots or running a "mission driven company" like Brian Chesky. Also, being B2B is a different game than being consumer facing; companies want to know we aren't going anywhere before they buy our product, which IPOing and public fillings can show.
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Yahoo vs35deu
      Moving towards a PTO is usually a bad thing for a company! 🙂
      Feb 24, 2018
  • Qualcomm / Eng zHIy06
    Avoid Airbnb and slack
    Jan 27, 2018 2
    • Cruise Automation / Eng
      Why?

      I've heard slack is good
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Airbnb #$&145>
      Airbnb has been awesome for me!
      Jan 29, 2018
  • Airbnb Brianbnb
    I’d choose Uber.
    Feb 4, 2018 0