Samsung vs Uber

Google PpVI87
Jun 13, 2018 46 Comments

I recently received an offer from Samsung. I also received an offer from Uber’s pricing team. And I am currently deciding which offer is better for career development.

For sure Uber is a bigger name, but as a software engineer, will I get a chance to design machine learning model? Or the designing part is mostly done by data scientist? For the Samsung team, I know I will have a chance to design a deep learning model from scratch. That’s what makes Samsung’s position a bit more interesting. And also Samsung is more likely to pay higher.

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TOP 46 Comments
  • Samsung warrior 32
    No to Samsung.. culture is shitty.. also I don't think they have great projects to work on
    Jun 13, 2018 6
    • Samsung warrior 32
      VR graphics..
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Samsung warrior 32
      Which team you are joining?
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      That actually sounds like a good team. It’s not interesting?
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      It’s weird that everyone that works at Samsung suggests me not going
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Samsung warrior 32
      Sometimes it's not just work..
      Jun 13, 2018
  • New SSmart
    Don't come to Samsung, culture sucks and mgmt doesn't know software.... All major decisions are made in Korea with a very short term view ...
    Jun 13, 2018 2
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      The product I am working on focuses on US customers. Do you think that we will still be constrained by Korean HQ?
      Jun 13, 2018
    • New SSmart
      I was made similar promises when I joined Samsung ... But every significant decision comes out of HQ ... There are a bunch of smart engineers in US and it's great to work with them but mgmt is toxic ...
      Jun 13, 2018
  • Samsung freesam
    Actually, I work here. But I don’t get why many people says working here is bad because of the culture. Let’s give examples. For staff engineer, the base is around $200,000 with about 15% cash bonus . And almost every time you can get 100%~150% of the promised bonus. Also for perks, they have the best cafeteria in the Bay Area. Only one free lunch, for extra food you have to pay $3 each. But the quality of the food is the best which make the paying for food thing okay for me. Not every company serves premium sushi (including oysters and sea urchin) very day. They also have gridded New York steak for you and Korean food... and the morning breakfast closes at 10:00 am, dinner opens at 6:00 pm. Nobody work extra hours. The building is dark after 7. No one is there.... I didn’t get it why the work life balance is bad...
    Nov 19, 2018 14
    • Proofpoint / Eng foodtruckj
      Lets agree to disagree. Their food is well praised in tech community. There are also other great companies with tons of great food.

      Like I said, RSU upside is important.
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Samsung freesam
      I just don’t understand that does resume value mean...you don’t sell your house at lower price if the buyer is Bill Gates... if a company doesn’t pay higher , I am not going to work extra hours for it even if it’s a big name. I admit the no RSU thing sucks , but if the base is high enough and I don’t work extra hours. I am totally fine.
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng VTech Bro
      That doesn't look like the number or hours I know of from Samsung.
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Samsung freesam
      I don’t know about Korean Samsung. But that’s what the Samsung in 1st st is.... literally no people working in the building in the evening
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Samsung / Design Ontario
      Agree. Samsung @1st has better culture and good wlb than the MV.
      May 15
  • Velodyne LiDAR UbER81
    Samsung culture is not that great. Uber got new CEO and is changing things and taking company in the right direction.
    Jun 13, 2018 0
  • Uber Holalo
    Uber officially reached new low on blind.
    Jun 13, 2018 3
    • Oath / Eng
      BGdp48

      Oath Eng

      BIO
      A total geek, love everything code related. Hit me up if you ever need a serious geek discussion
      BGdp48more
      seriously 😂, never thought this day would come when it’s Samsung vs Uber
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      Sorry, but I heard that culture at Uber is bad also, a lot of politics. It’s just hard for me to imagine how worse culture at Samsung is. However there are so many people complain about culture of Samsung. hmmm
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Oath / Eng
      BGdp48

      Oath Eng

      BIO
      A total geek, love everything code related. Hit me up if you ever need a serious geek discussion
      BGdp48more
      Yes , what I thought was Uber - good , samsung - okay , but seeing all these comments from samsung employees I would say stay at Google, switch teams, switch locations or go to Uber
      Jun 13, 2018
  • Intel
    IntelAlum

    Intel

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    Intel
    IntelAlummore
    Samsung pays higher than google?!
    Jun 13, 2018 2
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      It matches if not better in my case
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Intel
      IntelAlum

      Intel

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      Intel
      IntelAlummore
      Niceeee!
      Jun 13, 2018
  • eBay YAgV34
    Uber
    Jun 13, 2018 0
  • Adobe Sdjfiendji
    Samsung culture is not great. I talked to a few ML scientists from Samsung, many are looking and interviewing. Don’t go there. My friend was so traumatized working there, he swore off tech and went to early lean retirement.
    Jun 13, 2018 2
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      What’s the position of your friend and what is he working on?
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      And which specific part of the culture traumatized your friend?
      Jun 13, 2018
  • New / Eng
    leetcode5

    New Eng

    PRE
    Microsoft
    leetcode5more
    What was your offer TC and its breakdown. Did you negotiated or joined them?
    Jan 23 0
  • Amazon yTnq66
    No TC no talk 🙂
    Jun 13, 2018 0
  • are you L3 or something?
    Jun 13, 2018 2
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      Not really many people consider Samsung vs Uber so I am not going to review my level here. But the level at Uber is a demotion for me and that’s why Uber can’t match Samsung’s pay. However Uber is definitely a bigger name and has better technology overall.
      Jun 13, 2018
    • Google PpVI87
      OP
      reveal*. Also how is Uber’s WLB?
      Jun 13, 2018
  • Bentley Systems YhlM54
    How long did it take for you to officially get an offer? TC comparison?
    Jul 2, 2018 0
  • Proofpoint / Eng foodtruckj
    Which part of Samsung culture traumatized you guys? What is so wrong with their culture?
    Jun 27, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng IL2 2/F
    Samsung has no stock all cash, so you may miss out on future gain. Uber is the other extreme, valuation can drop a lot depends on what happen and when it exit.
    Jun 13, 2018 0
  • CA Technologies / Eng DGuy
    Stay
    Jun 13, 2018 0