Walmart labs vs Twitter

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Sam4444

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Jan 9 38 Comments

I got an offer from Walmart labs' Search Personalization team and Twitter's Real Time Compute team which works on the real time streaming engine Heron and a Interactive SQL engine based on Presto. I have 6 years of experience but worked as an embedded SW engineer for the first 5 years and pivoted my career to backend SW for the last 1 year. Which company should I choose considering the factors below ?
a. future prospects
b. career growth
c. scope for learning
d. work culture
e. compensation

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  • Glassdoor Gd2025
    Twitter for better brand
    Jan 9 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    Sam4444

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    I have decided to take Walmart labs as Twitter said that I will have to wait longer as the current team had decided to take an internal candidate with more distributed Systems experience. The wait was frustrating
    Jan 16 9
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Wow , so many associates dislike working @labs. No wonder AES is crap every year. How will we compete with AMZ :(
      Jan 16
    • Walmart.com klick!
      @rand.randm I have always seen you speak very well of Walmart Labs. You must be really happy with your team/work. Are you in Sunnyvale or Bentonville or elsewhere?
      Jan 18
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      :-). I like our lush green lawns in Sunnyvale. Jokes apart, I am critical many times, and try to be objective . You can check my comments. Even here, I recommended OP to join Twitter because challenges there are much better than we can offer. My only worry is if all good talent leaves lab, and we are not able to attract good talent, it would be bad for all of us collectively. You do not want to be surrounded by sub par people or manage people who are not up to the mark. It is a losing game.
      Jan 18
    • Walmart.com klick!
      Yes, you are critical but that is constructive criticism unlike some other people. That is a good quality.
      Jan 18
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Thanks!
      Jan 19
  • Lyft npAv15
    Twitter
    Jan 9 1
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      Sam4444

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      I also have an on-site pending with Infrastucture engg at Lyft but never gave too much thought to it after getting a couple of positive feedback. Do you recommend giving an interview with Lyft ? How do you look at opportunities in Lyft vs Twitter without bringing the impending IPO into the picture ?
      Jan 9
  • Walmart.com / Data
    ms_

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    Don't know abt this team in twitter but walmart labs search team recently hired too many people with zero background in search. If u are lucky then u might land in good sub team inside search.
    Another point worth considering is that search is very specialized field so u should join only if it's top class because later u will get good opportunities in this field only if u r very good
    Jan 9 3
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      Sam4444

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      I also got a vibe from the recruiter that they are in a hiring spree since last year. Your point regarding opportunities in search is a good one. I am inclined towards Twitter for the same reason.
      Jan 9
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Search encompasses lot of infrastructure related projects . The experience gained working for search in transferable to any large scale product. Check out where people who used to work at search have landed.
      Jan 9
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      @Data it is really hard to hire people with search background :-). They are in demand
      Jan 9
  • Walmart.com rand.randm
    Go for Twitter. You will learn a lot there. I would not optimize for meaningless titles and slightly above comp. think long term and come to WalmartLabs at much higher level.
    Jan 9 0
  • Walmart.com ToKL28
    Definitely not Walmart search. Walmart search is a dumpster fire. It's a mess of epic proportions.
    Jan 9 7
    • Walmart.com ToKL28
      Problem in search is layers upon layers of completely clueless management.
      Jan 15
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      I agree, how do you propose to fix it ? What are the core issues ? A lot of talent seems to have left search in last couple of years.
      Jan 15
    • Walmart.com ToKL28
      Replace the management. Find real leaders.
      Increase the comp by at least 60%. Build real engeneering team. Sounds easy.
      Jan 15
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Replacing management might be hard , rest sounds easy and doable . Especially if they remove dead wood. I always felt search systems has pretty decent engineers , especially senior folks, I might be mistaken.
      Jan 16
    • Walmart.com ToKL28
      Management is the dead wood.
      Jan 16
  • Twitter Kvkfd
    You can always switch team inside the company. I am surprised they gave you sw1. You are not straight out if the college. Ppl started out if college got promoted to sw2 in a year or so. I would suggest keep interviewing and find place where they will value you more. Or, if you need job right away, accept either offer and keep interviewing till you find good offer and interesting project.

    I have interacted with heron team several times. They all very nice people and good engineers.
    Jan 10 1
    • Can you please me the average timeline Twitter responds after interviews? Especially after phone interview with hiring manager?
      Jan 14
  • Walmart.com klick!
    Twitter because of better brand
    Jan 9 0
  • Walmart.com PIPperjack
    Twitter might be a better company but your hiring manager is BS and seems to lack integrity if he really makes you believe you have a fair shot at promotion in six months. When managers do that, they know they are lying. Why work for such a manager?
    Jan 10 1
    • Twitter pips
      Maybe tell the manager that you're not fresh grad so swe1 is too low. Also, he might not be BSing
      Jan 16
  • Cisco bitset
    What’s Tc and level
    Jan 9 2
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      Sam4444

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      Still in talks about the compensation. Walmart is offering senior software engineer whose average TC seems to be 190 - 200K per year from sources online. Twitter might offer me Software engineer 1 because of my lack of experience in distributed Systems but manager promised that I could get promoted to SE-2 6months depending on my performance. Looks like a lower level in Twitter might match or beat Walmart's slightly senior role.
      Jan 9
    • Twitter pips
      Twitter swe2 tc is much more than 200.
      Jan 16
  • Amadeus Trick2g
    Tc or gtfo mfker.
    Jan 9 0
  • Walmart.com / Eng lore
    Good luck!
    Jan 16 0
  • Deloitte career777
    What did you decide OP
    Jan 15 0
  • Box Voldy
    Tc or..
    Jan 9 0