whats the tech scene like in Chicago?

Nov 14 27 Comments

do any of you work there? is it anywhere close to other cities in terms of pay/cool companies?

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  • Expedia Group / Manufacturing %%^%%
    Our Chicago salaries are quite a bit lower than coastal cities. Ballpark 10% lower than Seattle, 20% lower than Bay area for SDE 2. Of course, cost of living is commensurately lower.
    Nov 14 3
    • VMware ugga
      If it were indeed just 20% difference - I'd choose Chicago in a heartbeat. The problem is - commute to downtown from where it's ok to live with a family would take 1.5-2 hours, at least.
      Nov 14
    • IBM Trunk
      You can drive to Wisconsin in 1 hour from downtown. What kind of commute are you talking about?
      Nov 14
    • Expedia Group / Manufacturing %%^%%
      Apparently "ok to live with a family" means Michigan 🤣
      Nov 14
  • Oath OPnd70
    You know it snows there and there’s no In-N-Out, right?
    Nov 15 6
    • IBM Trunk
      Can't argue at all about the cold. However, In-N-Out sucks when compared to Culvers.
      Nov 15
    • Oath OPnd70
      Culver’s? Ew.
      Nov 15
    • IBM Trunk
      LOL, that was my same reaction to In-N-Out. You would have gotten a positive reaction if you said Fatburger or Whataburger.
      Nov 15
    • OP
      Fuck Culver’s and In-N-Out. Portillos is where it’s at. Idk any chicagoans who are big fans of Culver’s
      Nov 15
    • IBM Trunk
      We were debating burgers not beefs 😂
      Nov 15
  • Citadel Securities xRuK54
    If you find the right places (mostly fintech), you will get paid more than any faang, and the CoL is much lower. There are several of them.
    Nov 14 3
    • Morningstar dLGb02
      Who else besides citadel, jump, akuna, old mission?
      Nov 14
    • IBM Trunk
      Optiver, CTC, DRW, Citadel (HQ)
      Nov 15
    • Credit Karma ckgogo
      IMC as well
      Nov 16
  • IBM Trunk
    Most FAANG is represented. Plus, Chicago is the largest fintech hub behind NYC.
    Nov 14 0
  • Microsoft ayybsiocw
    How is 4YoE offer, $150k base, $100k RSUs, 15k annual bonus, and 20k annual equity refresh for Chicago? Would it be dumb to leave big N for it?
    Nov 15 8
    • IBM Trunk
      I believe most of FAANG has offices here.
      Nov 15
    • Credit Karma cksjw
      That’s a ridiculous offer for Chicago. But at the same time it’s ridiculous to leave SF BIG N for Chicago.
      Nov 15
    • Microsoft ayybsiocw
      Seattle, but ya. Haven’t decided yet
      Nov 15
    • IBM Trunk
      Are you at MS now? There's no chance transferring here at all, or does your TC go down when you leave Seattle?
      Nov 16
    • Microsoft ayybsiocw
      I am but the offer is a different company
      Nov 17
  • Google ΗFT
    Number of search results for "software engineer" jobs on Indeed.com

    in Chicago, IL: 1.0k
    in New York, NY: 1.9k
    in Mountain View, CA: 4.2k
    in San Jose, CA: 3.9k
    in Sunnyvale, CA: 4.1k

    There are opportunities, but they are relatively fewer.

    (You can do the analysis for yourself on other titles, and filtering by amount of experience, etc.)
    Nov 14 0
  • Credit Karma cksjw
    If you have to ask...
    Nov 14 0

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