Need help choosing between internship offers

New NRX2
Nov 15, 2018 8 Comments

I'm fortunate enough to have these internship offers for the summer, and I'm so worried I'll pick the wrong company. I'm still interviewing at Google, LinkedIn, and a few other companies. All numbers in USD.

How would you rank these offers? I've listed them in my order of preference atm.

Sift Science, San Francisco: $7.5k/mo + $5k relocation + flights (TC: ~$35k)
Pros: Team full of smart people. Great compensation. Good tech stack too.
Cons: Not many have heard of the company, not sure how it affects my future chances.

A stealth startup, San Francisco: $7k/mo, $2k one-time relocation fee (TC: $24k)
Pros: Extremely high ceiling for networking, decent tech stack, moderate TC.
Cons: I guarantee no one has heard of this company. Also, average TC.

Pivotal, Palo Alto: $40/hr + $1000/mo relocation (TC: $28k)
Pros: The team, product, and tech stack I have an offer for are pretty good.
Cons: Very enterprise-y, cultish about pair programming, and this: https://matt.sh/dumb-pivotal-2018

Okta, Toronto: $30/hr (TC: $20k)
Pros: Nothing lol.
Cons: Shitty pay, shitty tech stack in Java, boring enterprise product.

A small startup, San Francisco: $4.5k/mo (TC: $16k)
Pros: Solving a very ambitious problem, really smart founders, great tech stack.
Cons: Really shitty compensation and it isn't negotiable. Come on, $4.5k/mo is unlivable in SF. I have debts to pay.

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  • New / Eng
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    Okta
    hzfQ36more
    I will vote for sift science. Just out of curious, are you sure Okta Toronto only 30/hour?
    Dec 30, 2018 0
  • New / Eng @!!!!
    I would go with Sift Science.
    Nov 15, 2018 0
  • What's a good tech stack?
    Nov 15, 2018 2
    • New NRX2
      OP
      Modern languages and frameworks, good programming practices and clean code.

      100% enterprise Java, Spring, Oracle DB = bad tech stack

      Go/Python/Rust/C++, React, PostgreSQL/use-specific DB = good tech stack

      at least in my eyes
      Nov 15, 2018
    • Intel UGeJ58
      It's a figure of how high you can stack up the same company issued laptop model. Everybody has a tech stack, but it takes a special team to have a good tech stack
      Nov 15, 2018
  • New / Eng whatsuppp
    You should have added a poll
    Nov 15, 2018 1
    • New NRX2
      OP
      I have tho
      Nov 15, 2018
  • Okta wRqL51
    Lol as someone who works at Okta who worked at unicorns and had offers from FANG you couldn’t be more wrong
    Dec 17, 2018 0

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