uber, fb, or google? did I make the wrong decision?

JUUL DQnt35
Nov 7 25 Comments

longtime lurker, hoping the blind community can help me in my dilemma:

a couple months ago, I got super lucky and got a bunch of offers including fb, google, and uber 🙏 All were around the same TC and I ended up choosing uber.

With lock-up expiration, a large portion of my TC has gone to shit. I estimate my opportunity cost of staying at uber vs. the fb/google offers is now 50-60k/year. No idea if the “offer is valid for 1 year” thing is true for me, but I could reach back out to fb and G to try and salvage my TC.

the thing is... I really like my job at Uber. I’m learning and doing totally cool things in a role I’ve never done before, sf commute is easy, and the wlb is great. The roles at G and fb are cool but I’ve done them before, wouldn’t learn as much, and involve a lot of unwanted travel.

my mind tells me to think long term and stay at uber; my financial angst (I think about it every morning) tells me to try again for google/fb.

do I chase the work or chase the TC? Thx in advance...

uber TC - 170k
yoe - 5

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TOP 25 Comments
  • TBC Corp. tshah
    Always look for good work and good TC will follow you. Maybe after learning new skills, you can go to G at better level. Everything happens for a reason!
    Nov 7 3
    • +1 this is how I see it too. Along with some long term optimism for uber stock.
      Nov 7
    • Robinhood paper$$$$
      +1 optimize for learning early in career, TC will follow if you are a good engineer
      Nov 7
    • JUUL DQnt35
      OP
      Thanks for the great advice
      Nov 8
  • Holy shit, are you me? Similar TC and joined few months ago. Minus offer from fb + another company.
    Nov 7 4
    • LinkedIn / Eng uijff
      What was the TC few months ago? And what level did you join at?
      Nov 7
    • L3 ~168k, much lower now
      Nov 7
    • LinkedIn / Eng uijff
      Consider switching then unless you believe in the vision of Uber and believe it will be successful in future
      Nov 7
    • JUUL DQnt35
      OP
      First world problems - I bet if Uber was the only offer Alien and I received, we’d be happy as a clam
      Nov 8
  • Google QWERTY-
    How are you still L3 after 5 years?
    Nov 7 5
    • Uber EACP56
      Uber under levels
      Nov 7
    • Google QWERTY-
      Everyone says that about every company. I’ve heard the same about FB and Google.
      Nov 7
    • Uber EACP56
      Well interview for Uber and see where you come in.
      Nov 7
    • Uber Hofy06
      I got over leveled when I joined tbh
      Nov 7
    • Uber BrianOf
      Yeah, every company has a reputation for under leveling. How can that be? I think it's just part of the luck factor in all interviews, especially if you are borderline between two levels.
      Nov 7
  • Uber EACP56
    I’ve seen a lot of friends leave Uber and get 2-3 level bumps at other companies. At Uber, you do cool shit and take on a lot more than most companies. You might be down right now but Uber has a higher ceiling for growth vs a google or FB.

    You’re 5 years into at least a 20 year career. Gain some substance and make some friends with OGs. They’ll probably ask you to come help them build their next company.
    Nov 7 1
    • JUUL DQnt35
      OP
      Good idea - think long term!
      Nov 8
  • Facebook steph🍛
    There’s a lot to be said for you liking your job. It’s very challenging for many folks to land a job you truly enjoy + learning valuable skills. There is a possibility you jump ship and don’t like the role/team as much, especially with the unwanted travel.

    Stick it out for a bit longer and reevaluate how you feel again in a few months, since you have some time before the 1 year is up. If months down the line you’re still waking up every morning with TC regrets, maybe you reach back out to your G/FB recruiters and reconsider then.
    Nov 7 1
    • JUUL DQnt35
      OP
      Thanks for the advice 🙏 I think this is a good balance to see what happens...
      Nov 8
  • Uber ⠀⠀
    Boomerang
    Nov 7 0
  • follow your mind
    Nov 7 0
  • Uber / Eng 💁‍♀️💸
    The Uber cash crunch is just beginning and it may get worse if Waymo, Cruise, or Tesla succeed. People talk about rapid career advancement at Uber but that won’t happen anymore if the $ aren’t there to make it happen. Perhaps you can speak with the recruiters at the companies that you declined to see if the door remains open
    Nov 8 1
    • JUUL DQnt35
      OP
      That’s one of the things that concerns me... seeing cost cuts and constraints everywhere...
      Nov 8
  • Akamai Technologies hpBF22
    Take a long term view on your Uber stock compensation. If you believe in the company and the stock your rsu grant will recover and you might get refreshers at the lows.
    Nov 12 0
  • Citrix Systems / Eng ಅವನೌನ ಹಡಾ
    What’s uber TC ? Yoe ?
    Nov 7 0

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