Microsoft Excel team vs Amazon Alexa connected home team

Intel minions_
May 29, 2018 28 Comments

Help me decide between above team.
Final compensation:
Base/joining/stocks/bonus
Amazon - SDE I:
127k/40k/65k
Microsoft - SDE II:
127k/40k/75k/0-20%

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TOP 28 Comments
  • Microsoft / Eng MS.
    New at MS, this question could help OP too. What does Excel team work on? Everything seems to be there in excel as a product already. Do they really add new features every year?
    May 29, 2018 6
    • Amazon max9chars
      There's never ever everything in a product.
      May 29, 2018
    • Amazon max9chars
      Cortana integration with Excel...
      May 29, 2018
    • Amazon max9chars
      Better time series prediction models, also I am not sure if Excel has zoom/pan in their charts. Also, 3D plots (is this already there?).
      May 29, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng SDE LE+PIP
      Deep learning based pivot table recommender
      May 30, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng psbutton
      Lot of interesting features - AI, collaboration, bing integration for stocks, performance etc.
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Uber Lalu
    Why would you take a SDE 1 role over an SDE 2?
    May 29, 2018 7
    • Intel minions_
      OP
      As the one of the sheet in blind. SDE-1 at Amazon equals to SDE-2 at MS.
      May 29, 2018
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      Not true; at least for new grads Amazon’s offer is lower than MSFT
      May 29, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      . Blee .

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Morgan Stanley
      . Blee .more
      Also, Microsoft has annual bonuses and stock refreshers. You can forgot that at Amazon unless you get promoted. Getting promoted is another story.
      May 29, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      . Blee .

      Amazon Eng

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      Morgan Stanley
      . Blee .more
      I haven't even gone into better benefits, insurance and 401k.
      May 29, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Rouhani

      Amazon Eng

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      IBM, Cisco
      Rouhanimore
      Ms offers have a very wide range. I’ve seen as low as $130k for new grad. Amazon offers are standard.
      May 30, 2018
  • Microsoft private:
    Excel is a no nonsense team in Office. It's one of the best but the work may be non glamorous at the same time non-trivial. Trivia.. founder of stackoverflow used to be a principal on Excel team.
    May 29, 2018 0
  • Amazon SuaveNews
    That’s an EXCEL-ent team. :)
    May 29, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Product SlowLife
    Excel is the most loved product in Office.
    May 29, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng ChimeIsBad
    Excel will be chill and easy going. Alexa will be super demanding and push you as far as you can go.

    What do you want out of your career?
    May 29, 2018 2
    • Intel minions_
      OP
      I do want to grow/ learn but no life post work kind of scares me..
      May 29, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng ChimeIsBad
      It’s really easy to transfer teams at amazon. If you get burnt out, transfer to an easy going team in retail.
      May 29, 2018
  • Microsoft melv
    Excel team will be boring. Go to Amazon, learn lots of new things in a growing product.
    May 30, 2018 1
    • Amazon hLED85
      but alexa org culture sucks and most problems are routine and trivial.
      May 30, 2018
  • Microsoft Not BillG
    Excel
    Jun 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Toh2Ty
    Just FYI - Alexa does not automatically mean you’ll be burning midnight oil trying to meet deadlines. It pushes you to get as much done in your 8 hrs as possible - no chance to chill and work half a day or work piles up but otherwise I did not have to work weekends and nights.
    May 30, 2018 0
  • Microsoft sMuq83
    Excel team, no brainier. You won't be whipped to death for a shittier title. Benefits are better.
    May 30, 2018 0
  • eBay / Eng
    dbeudn

    eBay Eng

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    Microsoft
    dbeudnmore
    For the same comp msft > amzn
    May 29, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
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    Amazon Eng

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    Morgan Stanley
    . Blee .more
    Mostly clean up in connected home right now, barely any good development work.
    May 29, 2018 0