Base / Stock (4 yrs) / Sign-On / Annual Bonus
Apple: 215k / 300k / 100k / ~10% (TC ~340k)
Cruise: 220k / 230k / 40k / 65k (TC ~350k)
Suggestions? Both ML/AI-related positions. Still negotiating, but not sure how much higher I can go (Cruise already went up by ~120k). Also, Cruise RSU not liquid...
PhD + 2 YOE
Personally I would choose Apple if I want more money, and I would choose Cruise if I want to work on interesting problem statements.
Try to find out more about refreshers, what you’ll be working on, talk to team members at both companies to get an understanding of how they are enjoying their work.
For an instance, when I interviewed at Apple, my lunch interviewer was a bit sad that he had to work during weekends. So I didn’t find it good. Anyway, you could get insights like those by talking to team members and also from folks here on blind that work at those two companies.