Apple vs LinkedIn, which one would you choose?

Apr 22, 2019 62 Comments

Have offers from them.
Apple is ICT4 TC about 300k.
LinkedIn is Senior Engineer, TC is about the same.

Which one is better and why?
In terms of perk, LinkedIn seems nicer, free food and unlimited PTO
While Apple has no free food and less PTO, but I heard the refreshers are really good.

I don't care about free food much, I don't like travel so the PTO is not that important for me.
I do want to reach 400k TC in 5 years.
Apple with good refreshers sounds promising.
For LinkedIn I have to be promoted to Staff to break 400k.

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TOP 62 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng DeepObsess
    Unlimited vacation means I dare you to take it
    Apr 22, 2019 1
    • LinkedIn
      gr6L

      LinkedIn

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      gr6Lmore
      Not true for Linkedin. We generally take several weeks(I've seen 3-5) off in addition to 2 weeks company shutdown and 12 indays, all paid.
      Apr 22, 2019
  • LinkedIn, Apple sucks...
    Apr 22, 2019 5
    • VMware halt& 🔥
      After reading your other post I can understand why you think it that way... What is your org ? That sounds like IS&T...
      Apr 24, 2019
    • AMP
      Apr 24, 2019
  • Cisco / Eng lHMA75
    Unlimited PTO is not really a plus. It just means when you leave, the company will not pay you for your PTO balance.

    400K TC should be easy in either companies in 5 years.
    Apr 22, 2019 1
    • LeanTaaS ♥️ data
      Normally max which we can accumulate is 250 hours. Let's assume the base is $200k.

      200,000÷2,080×250 = $25k Max. Just FYI, this would be like the best scenario in most of the cases.
      Apr 22, 2019
  • Zillow Group doomer
    4 years senior what a joke
    Apr 22, 2019 2
    • VMware halt&🔥
      OP
      Well... I know some guys in Amazon got to SDE3 (L6) which is also a Senior title, in 3 to 4 years.
      It's not about how many YOE, a guy can have 10 years YOE yet still get offered a junior role in FAANG.
      What more important is how many YOE ones have on really good experiences. 4 yoe in FAANG is definitely valued more than 4 YOE in noname company.
      Apr 22, 2019
    • Amazon forcefully
      What are Seniors at Zillow usually like yoe-wise? I'm at top-of-band Amazon SDE II comp with 3yoe and Zillow recruiter said they'd interview me for Senior bc their SDE II wouldn't match my comp.

      Also, LinkedIn (and Salesforce) have title inflation so most ppl's SDE II is their "Senior MTS."
      Apr 22, 2019
  • @op which org...? At apple.. you will get nothing till next September 2020 unless you have significant impact. Apple review cycle for this year deadline is April 15/22 not sure exact date... plus you are getting really good salary for yoe... I have frds who just joined apple base and everything is lower than you with more yoe... don’t count refresher unless written on paper... and it depends on org team etc

    I have heard great thing about LI WLB n perks..
    Apr 22, 2019 4
    • LinkedIn tac6
      Then go w apple. Sounds like you want ti
      Apr 24, 2019
    • Cisco / Eng lHMA75
      I think LI is better brand for SW eng. If you like work better in Apple, then you should choose Apple. You will not go wrong on either choices.
      Apr 24, 2019
  • LinkedIn tac6
    Apple for refreshers
    Apr 22, 2019 0
  • Apple industry
    Bro, don’t fall for the unlimited PTO bullshit.
    Apr 22, 2019 0
  • VMware bYBY23
    Senior at LinkedIn is very wide level. Anything inbetween 2-8 years exp. Its somewhat similar to MTS-3 at VMW.
    ICT4 at Apple is overlap of Sr. MTS and Staff level of VMW
    Meeting expection at Apple for ICT4 can get you decent refresher while I believe it would be hard to get any refresher for first couple of review cycles at Ll.
    Also consider teams. System and Infra is known real deal at Ll. Make sure you understand work and team at Apple also.
    Hope this helps.
    Apr 22, 2019 3
    • VMware bYBY23
      Dont compare level against salary. Think like how long will it take for someone out of college to become senior engineer at VMW vs Ll. The only thing common between VMW, Apple or Ll is your YOE.
      Apr 23, 2019
    • VMware bYBY23
      Btw LinkedIn is also great place. Just be little careful on level and eng org that you are interested in.
      Apr 23, 2019
  • LinkedIn glasscave
    You don’t care about free food (sure okay) but how do you not care about PTO? I’m worried about you
    Apr 22, 2019 3
    • Apple QAvc78
      One more day per year. So you need 9 years exp to get 21 days.
      Apr 22, 2019
    • LinkedIn glasscave
      LI has 17 days off and then you get your unlimited (20-30days) per year. Big difference
      Apr 22, 2019
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    • VMware halt&🔥
      OP
      LinkedIn Staff is 350k to 450k league. I don't think they will offer me this with my 4 year YOE no?
      The recruiter did say 18 month to get to Staff is a reasonable expectation if I perform well.
      On the other hand I heard ICT5 promotion in Apple is really difficult...
      Apr 22, 2019
    • VMware halt&🔥
      OP
      Well Apple never revealed the level to me. But this TC is almost impossible for ICT3. And if it does turn out to be an ICT3 that's even better, because I would have really high TC as an ICT3 and still relatively easy to get a promotion.
      Apr 22, 2019

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