Next career move - Pinterest , Cruise Automation , Gusto

Oath Mothra
Oct 3, 2018 38 Comments

Considering moving to Pinterest, Cruise, Gusto. I like all three for different reasons. Don’t have numbers yet. Just a congrats message from the recruiter/HM. Not optimizing for comp anyway. Wanted to get a pulse from engineers working at these places on how their careers have progressed. Would you consider switching to any of the other companies from the list? Be especially great to hear from someone who’s worked for more than one of these companies.

Other options are LinkedIn (offer), FB(waiting to hear back, think I did alright) and Doordash. I want to experience working at an earlier stage company though.
YOE: 4

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TOP 38 Comments
  • Dropbox / Eng Brink
    Cruise, no doubt.
    Oct 3, 2018 5
    • Indeed / Eng prsdnt
      +1
      Oct 3, 2018
    • Oath Mothra
      OP
      Thanks, any specific reasons you guys think Cruise has the edge ?
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Cruise Automation / Eng Lard
      Seriously don’t. We have a very uber mixed with Amazon culture and it’s shit internally.
      Oct 10, 2018
    • Cruise Automation / Mgmt actually
      At Cruise you will learn how to build robots / autonomous systems. At Pinterest and Gusto you will learn how to build web apps, mobile apps, and backend services. Do what interests you
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Cruise Automation / Other MensaKyle
      As a member of Mensa, only join cruise if you’re a member of Mensa. We throw non members out with the vegan rubbish.
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Google / Eng half_life
    Don't join Doordash
    Oct 3, 2018 4
    • Why?
      Oct 4, 2018
    • You know it's a real pain in the ass when people post spooky one liners like this without giving any substantiation behind it.

      If you're going to be ominous at least give a minimal explanation of why you're saying it so people don't have to burn time asking why.

      For what it's worth I don't care about Doordash in particular but I see this constantly on Blind with all kinds of companies...
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Google / Eng half_life
      - Low salary
      - Low margin business
      - No proven biz model
      - Inexperienced team full of fresh grads
      - Bro culture
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Thanks for updating, that's much clearer
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Gusto lTni80
    Only been at Gusto, but experience is really positive so far. PE (manager) is pretty straight with me about where I'm at performance and career wise. Comp is good but won't blow your shoes off. Overall pretty good place to work. Zero bro culture.
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Gusto Brickbrick
      I always lol when people say “PE” to others outside of Gusto. Really, no one cares...
      Oct 5, 2018
  • Gusto Brickbrick
    IMO the biggest pro of Gusto is the flexible work culture. We have unlimited PTO, and I know some people who take a LOT of time off (like 6 weeks or more). Most engineering teams also care little about WFH. There are even some more tenured engineers who work remotely full time or for 1+ months at a time.

    I think the biggest con is the variety of engineering work. Most engineers do full-stack Rails/React development exclusively, which can get boring, especially when there’s technical debt like Backbone mixed in. This is improving some as we grow, but slowly.
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Gusto Fosib3324
      There are more opportunities to use different stack on data platform & infrastructure eng teams - expect to see more variety radiating out of those teams
      Oct 9, 2018
  • Cruise Automation / Eng Lard
    Don’t join Cruise. Horrible culture.
    Oct 10, 2018 1
    • Cruise Automation / Eng
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      ak2lsi8more
      I think you just NI
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Gusto bJrL13
    I like Gusto. There’s quiet, strong growth, adults in the room, a legitimate culture. We’re at a stage where talented, dedicated engineers are making an impact across the entire product. And I’ve yet to meet an ego-driven personality - it’s a comfortable place to do impressive work.
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Gusto bJrL13
      I’m an engineer, but no experience with the other two companies you mentioned.
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Pinterest pinpin
    Been promoted twice. Lots of room for ownership and career growth.
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Oath Mothra
      OP
      Thanks! What levels was this at and how long did it take you, if you don’t mind me asking? Also is your trajectory typical for engineers who add a lot of value?
      Oct 4, 2018
  • F5 Networks / Eng 1u2ir8v3f7
    What's DD? Is it Doordarshan? :p

    A troll which an Indian would understand.
    Oct 3, 2018 1
    • Oath Mothra
      OP
      My bad. Doordash.
      Oct 3, 2018
  • Gusto pDfd85
    Tons of opportunity here and the business is growing. Ask to talk to some engineers from the team you’ll be joining.
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Oath Mothra
      OP
      Thanks for the suggestion. Definitely something I’m going to do.
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Oath Mothra
    OP
    @gusto folks, Thanks for your inputs. Good to see that my assessment of the culture at gusto (based on my interactions with your team) is pretty consistent with what you have experienced!
    Oct 4, 2018 0
  • Gusto DHgJ13
    I’m an eng on the Payments team at Gusto. Just wanna chip in and share two things I like the most about my work. First is the people here. I know it might sound cheesy, but I genuinely feel that way. It feels a lot like playing in a sports team: since everyone is trying to do what’s best for the team/company/customers, there isn’t much you vs me but we move forward together as a team. Besides that, I also constantly feel that we’ve got each others’ backs and try to help each other grow technically and career-wise.

    The second thing I appreciate the most is the learning opportunities here. My team’s work is quite backend heavy. Most of the projects are initiated by engineers since we know the system the best. You can say we are kind of being PMs and engs at the same time: we constantly think about where the business is going, the current status of the system, and the time & resource constraints in order to prioritize projects properly and make sure we are helping the business in the best way we can. This aspect of the team has really helped me grow to become more of an engineer and problem solver, as well as gave me a great sense of ownership over my projects. On the technical side, since the Payments/Payroll domain is very complex and we are at the process of reworking and scaling the system, there’re a decent amount of architectural/design challenges which I enjoy a lot.

    With that being said, nothing fits everyone. I suggest you communicate with your recruiters/future managers about your “must have”s and “most not have”s to judge which company fits you the best. Good luck!
    Oct 5, 2018 1
    • Oath Mothra
      OP
      Thanks for sharing that!!!
      Oct 5, 2018
  • Gusto / Other gmksnk
    Depends on what's important to you. Gusto has quite a bit of upside potential compared to some of the more mature companies mentioned. I would imagine your get to work on or work near more cool stuff at Cruise though.
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Oath Mothra
      OP
      I agree. Like I said, I like all 3 for very different reasons. So can’t really make an apples to apples comparison in this case. Trying to gather as much data as I can to help me make a decision.
      Oct 4, 2018
  • F5 Networks / Eng 1u2ir8v3f7
    Congrats!
    Oct 3, 2018 0
  • Airbnb Ofubdnwjje
    Join doordash! The upside is a lot more.
    Oct 14, 2018 0
  • Cruise Automation osFf41
    Make sure your cruise offer is pre Honda deal. Then your RSUs will be worth way more
    Oct 4, 2018 3
    • Oath Mothra
      OP
      From my initial conversations , seems like rsus will be a dollar amount that gets assigned units based on price on the day I sign/join. But thanks for the suggestion I’ll bring this up with the recruiter.
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Salesforce Zlwi01k
      That’s correct. You get a dollar amount of RSU’s that are converted to shares at a fixed rate; that rate is determined by the valuation which just increased by 50%. So shares granted at the pre-Honda rate will be worth 50% more now.
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Twitch @#$_&-+()/
      Even though ur offer is pre-honda, your RSUs price is determined at the time of grant date. Anyone joining after Honda announcement, gets RSUs at new valuation.
      Oct 7, 2018
  • Gusto Fosib3324
    OP what did you decide?
    Oct 12, 2018 1
    • Oath Mothra
      OP
      Declined everything bar Pinterest and Gusto.
      Oct 12, 2018

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