Tier 1/2/3 companies in Bay Area for SWE

Autodesk Hshsbs
Dec 6, 2018 68 Comments

Let’s do this millionth time, Tier 1 considering pay, prestige, wlb, talent, benefits etc.

Here are my rankings

Tier 1:
Google
NetFlix
Facebook
Apple
Uber

Tier 2:
Amazon
Linkedin
Dropbox
Lyft
Airbnb
Microsoft
Twitter
Robinhood
Slack
Square
Pinterest

Tier 3:
Salesforce
Oracle
Reddit
Quora
IBM
Nvidia
Others?

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TOP 68 Comments
  • Microsoft do_needful
    What a shitty list. LinkedIn is a Tier 2? But Uber is a Tier 1? And Salesforce is a Tier 3?
    Dec 6, 20182
    • LinkedIn 🍿❤️
      What doesn’t make sense to you? I don’t think my company is tier 1
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Microsoft heirisa
      Uber > LinkedIn > Salesforce. The order is correct
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Uber / Eng
    oklmao

    UberEng

    PRE
    Google, Facebook
    oklmaomore
    uber is full of ex-google and ex-FB employees (I’m both). definitely deserves to be tier 1
    Dec 6, 20182
    • Google topCon
      After IPO, yes. Then we'll be comparing apples to apples on TC
      Dec 6, 2018
    • There is a reason you are ex. Most Ex-Googlers suffer from ego trips so large their egos won't fit in hyperspace, unlike deep thought ....
      Dec 7, 2018
  • New / Eng
    CnfusdSprm

    NewEng

    PRE
    Starbucks
    CnfusdSprmmore
    Where is VMware ?
    Dec 6, 20181
    • Autodesk Hshsbs
      OP
      In virtual tier
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Amazon g8rb8
    I don't think tiers make sense..If Microsoft will pay you 50k per year more than Google will you really choose Google over that offer?
    Dec 6, 20181
    • Microsoft / Eng
      alex9537

      MicrosoftEng

      PRE
      Trend Micro
      alex9537more
      No more “if”, the truth is Microsoft is going to pay you 50k less than google.
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Google topCon
    Uber shouldn't be tier 1 until it's IPO. It's too hard to compare TC-wise.
    Dec 6, 20181
  • Lyft / EngGrumpyEM
    Airbnb should be in tier 1. Their offers are the best in the valley right now.
    Dec 6, 20182
    • Credit Suisse candy0761
      👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Apple / Engcho Chang
      Paper money tho
      Dec 7, 2018
  • Nvidia DrmE94
    Should I feel bad if I work at a tier 3 company?
    Dec 6, 20187
    • Uber Dbeb2
      I’m surprised you can even live with yourself. I, a tier 1 employee*, look down on you.

      * according to OP
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Nvidia DrmE94
      Well, time to commit sodoku. I have brought shame upon my family.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Nvidia DrmE94
      Wow, I can't even spell seppuku right, I really belong in tier 3
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Google topCon
      Yeah if you walk down the street, girls will point fingers and yell shame, shame, shame.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Apple vLwd48
      Not if you have made a few millions in the last few years. Then you can shame everybody else
      Dec 7, 2018
    • You should feel bad TWICE over. You do not work for a Tier-1. You do not EVEN work for a Tier-2. You work at a Tier-3. Hang your head low!
      Dec 7, 2018
    • Uber ghd45e
      No matter nVidia stocks performed many times better than all of tier 1 companies over the last 2 years, the company will still remain tier 3.
      Dec 9, 2018
  • Salesforce rcno01
    if Microsoft and Amazon are tier 2, Salesforce should be it too. Better culture, WLB and often better pay.
    Dec 8, 20182
    • Microsoft do_needful
      Hi Salesforce recruiter,

      Your TC is pathetic an refreshers are not existing.
      Dec 9, 2018
    • Salesforce rcno01
      I am not a recruiter :) and yes, our refreshers could be better, that's the only con with Salesforce.

      Our TC is definitely not pathetic though, it's especially good for LMTS and higher, check by yourself and do the needful.
      Dec 9, 2018
  • Airbnb Gjcc
    LinkedIn dbx Pinterest airbnb are all definitely higher tier than Amazon imo
    Dec 6, 20182
  • New 500k
    Apple is not tier 1. Uber may be after IPO. Tier 2, I won't include Square or Pinterest or Robinhood - they are all good but not same as say LinkedIn or Airbnb. Reddit, Quora, IBM should not be in this list.
    Dec 6, 20183
    • Square / Englllcccbbb
      Can't say about SQ, but Robin Hood and Pinterest are def better than twtr etc reputation wise
      Dec 6, 2018
    • New 500k
      Pinterest lost a lot of its reputation in last couple of years. Robinhood is still super early and small. Definitely promising but can become a nobody in next 5/6 years - who knows
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Square / Engacmmember
      Same for uber (and a bit of airbnb) if you are talking about hiring bar. But I can see them being more stable now.
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Tesla afkisdi
    OP you didn't even include your own company
    Dec 6, 20182
    • Autodesk Hshsbs
      OP
      My company is Tier 54
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Microsoft do_needful
      ^^^hahaha^^^
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Apple / Eng
    iHateFruit

    AppleEng

    PRE
    Apple
    iHateFruitmore
    Apple is NOT Tier 1 lol
    Dec 6, 20180
  • Google / DesignSVRZ
    Grass is always greener. Tiers = tears
    Dec 6, 20180
  • New monomo
    Lol Uber is not tier 1
    Dec 6, 20180
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    • Intuit Nulla511
      How on Earth do you define tier 1-3? Apple... Tier 2?
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Intuit Nulla511
      Ok. That's a logical answer. Thanks.
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Microsoft Draven
    Microsoft is tier3. Just moved to one of tier1 in your list.
    Dec 6, 20181
  • Expedia / EngPriceline.
    If Amazon and Microsoft is tier 2, then please put Salesforce as Tier 2 as well.
    Dec 13, 20181
    • Uber / Product
      Wutwutwut

      UberProduct

      PRE
      Uber, Salesforce, Google
      Wutwutwutmore
      True that
      Dec 13, 2018
  • Credit Karma Dbhcuvksnn
    These rankings are pretty bad.
    Dec 6, 20180
  • Splunk / EngJencksa
    Apple tier 2, airbnb, robinhood should align with uber, tier 1.5 I would say
    Dec 6, 20180
  • Airbnb S1a7vw
    Google, Facebook, Apple and Uber are like tier 2 or 3. Big companies are usually less prestigious
    Dec 6, 20182
    • Uber Dbeb2
      Depends who you ask - most people outside of tech will not consider Uber or Airbnb or Pinterest nearly as prestigious as they are considered in the tech industry.
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Is that scrapbooking company prestigious? I should take up scrapbooking just for the prestige, I guess. But as a male I collect porn in my scrapbook...
      Dec 7, 2018
  • PayPal
    OutOfMem

    PayPal

    PRE
    Yahoo, eBay
    BIO
    Who cares
    OutOfMemmore
    Paypal?
    Dec 6, 20181
    • PayPal DaTP15
      Tier 1 in companies with horrible middle management
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Uber / Product
    Wutwutwut

    UberProduct

    PRE
    Uber, Salesforce, Google
    Wutwutwutmore
    If you mean tier in terms of what looks good on resume, sure. For everything else your list sucks balls.
    Dec 6, 20180
  • Reddit / EngkTuP73
    Lol, Reddit in tier 3?
    Dec 6, 20183
    • Autodesk Hshsbs
      OP
      My bad, tier 7
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Reddit / EngkTuP73
      Much closer
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Amazon g8rb8
      What's the new grad TC?
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Spotify WizzAir
    Hey.. Where is my company? Should I be concerned
    Dec 6, 20182
    • Google topCon
      Yes. European companies don't belong ;)
      Dec 6, 2018
    • Spotify WizzAir
      😭
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Facebook NSnI12
    I guess Citadel and Jane St are tier 0?
    Dec 6, 20180
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng(Ω,A,μ)
    Just split it up based on public and private first
    Dec 6, 20180
  • New DuQvV7x
    Let’s not, and pretend we did
    Dec 6, 20180
  • Spotify WizzAir
    As we are programmers, What's number 0?
    Dec 6, 20181
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng(Ω,A,μ)
      That's definitely debatable
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Spotify WizzAir
    Are you saying uber has high or low hiring bar?
    Dec 7, 20180
  • Spotify WizzAir
    In terms of food. Linkedin and dropbox should def be in tier 1
    Dec 6, 20180
  • Apple iPhone Xs
    Fang tier 1. Uber can join once they IPO
    Dec 6, 20180

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