Jan 27, 2018 45 Comments
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- Uber GnomewizarIf 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!
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- Uber Uber4687Uber. 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.
- 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
- Uber / Mgmt NTxg66moreUber 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.
- 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.
- 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.