What is the hardest company to get into?

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Jul 13, 2018 35 Comments

Fang? NASA? McDonalds? You the people discuss.

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  • NASA isn’t as hard as you’d think.
    Jul 13, 2018 8
    • Amazon / Eng Ajfjdjdjab
      Yup, it’s very easy. No leetcode of course, and their domain questions can’t be harder than fucking quant firms lol
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Zillow Group GilFoyle1
      “Isn’t as hard as you think”.........😂. Did Alexa tell you that?
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Ajfjdjdjab
      Alexa is probably a more difficult software challenge than the curiosity rover. All the hard challenges are hardware and mechanical. Rocketry and controls etc.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Zillow Group GilFoyle1
      How can you be an engineer and make such an vast assumption? They are two different sets of challenges. NASA isn’t in the business of creating “personal assistants”.

      The complexities in rover software engineering is working with a set of finite tools to continue doing new things, which is kinda hard...it’s not like an Alexa where they can just ship a new one next Christmas.

      I’m not knocking on the Alexa, it’s a great step in personal assistants (along with Home and Siri), but you really cannot compare a NASA rover to it.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Google quora_TW
      Actually, NASA is much harder to get into than most tech companies for most people in the world, since you have to become a US citizen first.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Cisco CutePapaya
      And Clearence ?
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Microsoft infdc
      NASA was the elite in the 60’s and 70’s. Now it’s mostly forced diversity hires doing project management.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • SAIC / Other lafW00
      You know you just sound like someone who lost out on a job to a minority and use "diversity hires" as an excuse for not getting the job. I just left there and there was literally 1 black male in my entire 4 story building. 90% of the staff on center was white males over 40.
      Jul 25, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Ajfjdjdjab
    Imo.im, 5R, Jane Street..... RenTech
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Google CountryMac
    Boston Consulting Group or McKinsey
    Jul 13, 2018 8
    • Citadel opm_opm
      Nope. If you're in a top MBA program, a quarter of your class will get offer from BCG/Bain/McK.
      You can say getting into a top BSchool is hard, but once you're there, these companies aren't hard to get into.
      My wife worked at McK, she probably spent a couple of weekends prepping.

      Unless you meant getting an Analyst job after undergrad. That's HARD.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product @zzz
      They are still probably one of the hardest to get in. And no a quarter of class does not get into these companies. The number is closer to 5 or 10% max.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product @zzz
      I would also add top private equity and hedge funds to that list. The competition is super high because eventual comp if you manage to survive the brutal culture is several orders of magnitude higher than anything in tech (successful tech founders aside).
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Citadel opm_opm
      As an example, 20% of Booth's 2017 class got jobs at Bain/BCG/McK
      https://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/employer/2017-employer

      Getting a job at a top PE fund or a top Hedge Fund is much harder than getting into a top consulting firm.
      But comp isn't 100x tech comp. 100 is the smallest number that satisfies 'several orders of magnitude'.
      Source: I work at a top hedge fund as a quant trader.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product @zzz
      More than half of them were most likely already there before the MBA. I know, I went to a school that prides itself in sending the highest number of students to those three companies. Getting into the top management consulting first time is still very hard whether in undergrad or at business schools.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product @zzz
      And ya, I didn't mean 100. Should've used several times, I suppose. Over longer periods though hedge fund managers or pe folks top of the ladder may make the orders of magnitude.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Amazon Uhhuhthisn
      Avg tech talent with an MBA make 200k straight out of bschool. Potential to earn 500k-1M after a decade or so (director/GM). After 1M I think I’d call any additional financial gains diminishing. I’d start to concentrate more on culture, type of work, wlb, flexibility etc. Tech is famous for all those things, finance/PE is not. It’s a never ending death march to the elusive 7 figure salary which will eventually end up in a lawyer’s bank account after your wife/husband divorces you due to the crippling corporate lifestyle you’re expected to endure.

      No thanks.
      Jul 14, 2018
    • Citadel opm_opm
      👆 This
      I worked at a hedge fund, got very close to 7 figure comp. Thinking of moving to tech now, because there's hard to get a sense of purpose in finance.
      Jul 15, 2018
  • Uber Youoipto
    Companies with no open hc.
    Jul 13, 2018 1
  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    Getting tenure ship at top universities. Also hard.
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Benny Lava
    Navy Seal
    Jul 13, 2018 1
    • Amazon Uhhuhthisn
      Seal Team 6 even harder.
      Jul 14, 2018
  • LinkedIn Missswann
    Any position that you’re under qualified.
    Jul 14, 2018 0
  • Workday / Other Workbeing
    The Trump Organization
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Intel / Eng
    steady

    Intel Eng

    BIO
    Hardware quality and reliability professional
    steadymore
    National Labs
    Jul 13, 2018 3
    • Citadel opm_opm
      As in Argonne/LawrenceLivermore etc? Are you being sarcastic?
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Capital One Fone
      Sandia? A friend of mine in PhD worked there in Summer. It didn’t sound hard to get into.
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Twitch FUI
      How’s TC like?
      Jul 13, 2018
  • Microsoft infdc
    Computer Associates
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng
    Sundar5'11

    Google Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
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    Tata
    Feb 21 0
  • Facebook supichai
    KGB
    Jul 14, 2018 0
  • Indeed / Eng RIPShaq
    Valve
    Jul 14, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Qghcry
    Hooters
    Jul 13, 2018 0

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