Offer Comparison

Apple cr7musk
Dec 20, 2018 14 Comments

My brother (new PhD grad) got the following 2 offers for HWE positions at Apple and Qualcomm, both in Bay Area. TC comparison isn’t straightforward cuz Apple RSU is higher but Qualcomm bonus (sign on and retention) is pretty good.

Apple: 155k base, 120k RSU / 4 yrs , 20k bonus

Qualcomm : 140k base, 40k RSU / 3 yrs, 35k sign on bonus, and 75k retention bonus (vests over 2 years...40k on 1st anniversary and 35k on 2nd anniversary)

Other factors :
Qualcomm has better WLB and role has lots of flexibility
Apple role is less flexible but on a SPG team

Any thoughts or advice on which offer to choose ?

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TOP 14 Comments
  • Intel Intele
    Apple. Brand name matters. It will increase his value in following years to come. WLB is overrated. Everything depends on your team and Manager.
    Dec 20, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng NotAtApple
    I worked in QC San Jose before moving to Apple. You will definitely have a much better WLB there, people are much more friendly too. Apple is a good brand to have on resume but almost every team that I know has messed up WLB. QC has great internal transfer mechanism whereas Apple almost forbids internal transfers. If pay structure for the next 2-3 years is almost same then that makes it a tough choice. But you decide what is important to you. But in my experience, having the ability to easily change teams in the company is a big thing. What if you dont like the team that you originally joined!
    Dec 20, 2018 1
    • Intel Intele
      Well thought out perspective instead of the lame WLB excuses. 👏
      Dec 20, 2018
  • Uber my mom
    Whats SPG?
    Dec 20, 2018 1
    • Apple cr7musk
      OP
      Special Projects Group
      Dec 20, 2018
  • Qualcomm / Eng
    rbo

    Qualcomm Eng

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    Intel
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    rbomore
    do they offer him a staff or senior level at Qualcomm. also, is this for ASIC engineering ?
    Dec 20, 2018 2
    • Apple cr7musk
      OP
      Senior level. And it’s modem systems engineer
      Dec 20, 2018
    • Qualcomm / Eng
      rbo

      Qualcomm Eng

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      Intel
      BIO
      ASIC
      rbomore
      your base is max out for senior level. I think money wise its the same but Apple has the better brand name.
      i think Apple is better.
      Dec 20, 2018
  • Google L7@AWS
    If your brother completed a PhD he is probably used to low wlb
    Dec 20, 2018 1
    • Apple cr7musk
      OP
      Actually he had a fairly laid back schedule as a PhD...mostly worked 10-6 and would work late nights closer to paper deadline or thesis deadline
      Dec 20, 2018
  • MuleSoft Damndaniel
    Is It for Qualcomm San Diego?
    Dec 20, 2018 1
    • Apple cr7musk
      OP
      No Qualcomm San Jose
      Dec 20, 2018
  • Apple cr7musk
    OP
    What about overall business performance of the company...would you take that into consideration? It seems Qualcomm hasn’t been great over the last year or so. Stock price is on the decline, merger with NXP was blocked, they’re also losing senior talent to Apple and Intel...
    Dec 20, 2018 0
  • Intel / Eng plebHW->SW
    TC at Apple will be higher - SPG gives decent performance-based stock refreshers (60k+). Qualcomm doesn’t AFAIK (or not much).
    Only choose Qualcomm if WLB is really important or Qualcomm role is much more interesting
    Dec 20, 2018 0

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