Apple vs Amazon

Sep 13, 2019 25 Comments

Apple ICT3 : 140k base + 105k/4 rsu + 30k sign on
location : cupertino

Amazon SDE1: 130k base + 43(5%,15%,40%,40%) rsu + 65k/2 sign on
location : seattle

Both are really good offer. For Apple it will be a DevOps role and Amazon it will be a SDE role. My background is more in line with DevOps.

pros: lower CoL, no state tax, easy to switch team internally
cons: WLB, gloomy weather

pros: Bay area, nice team, good culture, better rsu + refresher from what I heard
cons: team will relocate to San Diego in the future (not sure will it be good or bad), rent is $$$ in the Bay area, heard it is hard to switch team internally

Just want to get some insight about the career prospect on sde vs devops and which one would you choose and why? Any other factors I should consider for making the decision?


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TOP 25 Comments
  • Amazon 2ud73h2fl
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Microsoft kayakin
    Of course Apple
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Apple


    Strong and built like an Ox. I don’t look like your typical Engineer. 😀
    San Diego has much better weather than Seattle. Wish our team could move from Cupertino to San Diego 😢
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Amazon iamPE
    SDE role is better than Devops
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Apple s432
    Wow if you get to keep Bay Area TC in San Diego.. good for you
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Qualtrics / Eng QREP11
    Amazon, devops is a meme
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Amazon NMJO05
    San Diego is the dream.
    Sep 13, 2019 0
  • Microsoft kayakin
    Sam Diego has too much sun
    Sep 13, 2019 3
    • Microsoft kayakin
      Yea i don't like rain either. I guess Bay area still has the best weather
      Sep 13, 2019
    • Apple ySCS63
      San Diego is the most perfect weather
      Dec 3, 2019
  • Apple


    Don’t do DevOps
    Sep 14, 2019 0
  • Microsoft Soporific
    Sep 13, 2019 0


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