Uber vs LinkedIn Sr SWE offer

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Jan 12, 2018 32 Comments

Not an apples to apples comparison, yet i am having to choose between these two offers. With Uber's CEO making a public comment about going public in 2019, yet with the major hit to the valuation because of the SoftBank deal, I am not sure of the upside with Uber. I am not sure which one I should pick.

Thoughts on which one is better in terms of culture, growth and compensation?

LinkedIn TC with sign on for the first year 356K, while Uber with no sign on, on the table, 350K per year.

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TOP 32 Comments
  • LinkedIn QppH88
    Always choose liquid over non liquid imo
    Jan 12, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn 🐉check
    How is softbank deal a hit to the valuation. I think its positive for Uber
    Jan 12, 2018 8
    • Uber Warl0ck
      Can confirm that culture has changed a lot. Also WLB isn’t the grind it was in the 1.0 days. It’s chilled out a bunch.
      Jan 12, 2018
    • Uber HeyGuy
      SoftBank deal is increasing Uber valuation, not decreasing it ya dum dum
      Jan 13, 2018
    • LinkedIn Cateyes👀
      I’ve heard Uber’s culture is not great from close friends as recent as this month. I’m sure it is team to team. One being a Senior Staff level. Chase passion not money, you will always be happier with that. You will grow faster, be happier and if the project is better build a better skill set. Uber’s formal valuation is $69B but the new Softbank investment prices it at $48B, a 30% discount. So let’s say Uber offers you $900k in equity, that is actually already market valued at ~$630k upon offer, with still the same risks and potential delays to liquidity on the way to potential projected 2019 IPO. It’s also important you should know they are changing the bonus structure drastically (which I assume will be far less generous if they are trying to be as profitable as possible. I heard they are going from the 80/20 equity/cash (which only 90th percentile gets anyways) to a standard 10,15,20% (based on your level). Go with your passion..
      Jan 13, 2018
    • Uber Warl0ck
      ^there’s a bunch of fake news in there.
      Jan 13, 2018
    • Uber Baag
      Cateyes is obviously an idiot and doesn't know a thing about tender offers. Cateyes believes every piece of news read on blind with one's own analysis. Conclusion: ignore cateyes
      Jan 15, 2018
  • LinkedIn technot
    Ultimately make the choice based on company culture, your direct manager, and whether the work you'll be doing exited you. From a comp standpoint, LinkedIn is the clear winner here because the comp is liquid. Chasing paper comp makes sense if there is significant upside which in this case may not be the case.
    Jan 12, 2018 0
  • New Lejxbqk
    I would do Uber. Interviewed for PM there. Smart folks. Force is strong...though possibly dark. LinkedIn is...MSFT. Nice people. Bigger titles. Soft.
    Jan 13, 2018 0
  • AppDynamics / Eng
    aGCk73

    AppDynamics Eng

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    aGCk73more
    Easy choice here, go with LinkedIn. As people pointed out, go with liquid vs illiquid. Also I have heard lots of bad things about Uber work culture. Only heard good things about LinkedIn. Would you be willing to share your total work exp, TC breakdown details.
    Jan 12, 2018 3
    • Uber Warl0ck
      You must be post Cisco buy out of AppD? Your own company would have been way better to join when it was illiquid. I’m not sure why it’s objectively better to go with liquid unless you really need the cash now.
      Jan 12, 2018
    • LinkedIn $$$$$$$$$
      For roughly the same pay there is inherently more risk with illiquid RSUs
      Jan 22, 2018
    • Uber Hibana
      ^agreed if it really is the same pay. IMO it is usually more value if they are illiquid
      Jan 22, 2018
  • LinkedIn Askmeanyth
    That’s an awesome offer from LinkedIn. Barely know any senior that got such a great offer.
    Jan 12, 2018 3
    • AppDynamics / Eng
      aGCk73

      AppDynamics Eng

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      aGCk73more
      Actually he is including sign on bonus also in TC. Maybe he got a huge sign on, maybe like 50K. That might explain the huge TC figure.
      Jan 12, 2018
    • LinkedIn nottrump1
      Ya 350k can’t be just base and rsu
      Jan 12, 2018
    • AppDynamics / Eng
      aGCk73

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      aGCk73more
      I meant 350K is base + RSU + signing bonus + target annual bonus. The signing bonus is only for first year, so TC will drop next year.
      Jan 12, 2018
  • Uber / Eng
    Rqwx5o

    Uber Eng

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    Rqwx5omore
    The liquid argument is nonsense unless you are living paycheck to paycheck, or plan to actually spend the money asap.
    Private company valuations are more uncertain but not necessarily inflated. Could turn out to be in your favor.

    The technical challenges, opportunity for growth, real world impact, and name recognition of Uber are much larger. Not sure you would even consider LinkedIn. Culture depends on the team in both cases
    Jan 12, 2018 2
    • AppDynamics / Eng
      aGCk73

      AppDynamics Eng

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      aGCk73more
      Is WLB lower in Uber ? Folks who I have spoken to are in 40s with kids so cannot spend 60 hrs a week, which younger folks can accomplish. I have a feel this was the reason for the negative comments I have heard about Uber culture.
      About valuation, i feel Uber is inflated, we will know in a couple of years after Uber goes IPO.
      Jan 12, 2018
    • Uber / Eng
      Rqwx5o

      Uber Eng

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      Rqwx5omore
      In my team 40-45 hours is typical. In my opinion wlb depends more on the person rather than the company
      Jan 13, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    JustFOokIt

    Amazon Eng

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    JustFOokItmore
    LinkedIn...clear for u ... Usually from uber or other pre ipo, u expect similar cash and 1.5x RSUs since it's illiquid
    Jan 12, 2018 0
  • Uber InfraGuy
    How do you calculate Uber’s TC? What share price do you factor in?
    Jan 14, 2018 0
  • Uber knight
    linkedin, if you want stablility because of Microsoft. Uber, if you want high risk and high rewarding, and working ex-fb and ex-google and ex-LinkedIn guys.
    Jan 14, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn GoLyft
    Given these two offers, LinkedIn clearly wins. If you can tolerate some risk and sacrifice some WLB, then ask for more RSU from Uber.
    Jan 12, 2018 0
  • Medallia mShU83
    Uber imho
    Jan 12, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn nobody7
    Last year at LinkedIn was low risk high reward
    Jan 17, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn wruta
    356k TC for senior is solid offer !! Congrats
    Jan 14, 2018 0
  • Google tcCd20
    For high risk high reward Uber.
    LinkedIn for good environment, decent work and sure thing. Senior is 1 promo out of college so you can grow fast there as well
    Jan 12, 2018 0
  • Panzura qvmD61
    How many years of work experience do you have?
    Jan 12, 2018 0