FB vs Stripe

Spotify / Eng
stripebook

Spotify Eng

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Backend eng at Spotify
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Oct 15, 2019 37 Comments

I have an idea of which one I will likely choose but, given my offer circumstances, wondering which one others would pick and if I'm missing any pros/cons or things to think about.

Facebook E4
TC: 270k
Pros: Office, Benefits and perks, Get to choose team, getting tangible RSU money, FAANG on resume
Cons: Can end up with crappy team options, More likely to end up with bad WLB

Stripe L2
TC: 285k
Pros: Super motivated with what team will be working on, More room for impact, Remote and WFH friendly
Cons: Risk involved since RSUs not guaranteed until IPO, There's oncall

I know this is like the 500th time this type of question has been asked and since blind community really helped me prep for my interviews I'm happy to answer any questions about both, really enjoyed both interview processes.

Yoe: 4
Current TC: 170k at our stocks garbage price 😢

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TOP 37 Comments
  • Stripe sounds like it has a great engineering culture, Facebook... not so much
    Oct 15, 2019 6
    • Facebook / Eng UxhD03
      I like fb culture too. How long have you been in fb @uorc?
      Oct 15, 2019
    • PayPal
      X.com

      PayPal

      BIO
      Never stand still.
      X.commore
      Agreed. Eng culture and/or Eng talents, at least one needs to be great.
      Oct 22, 2019
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    Feel like most people I know leaving FB are going to Stripe...😟. Go try out Stripe.
    Oct 15, 2019 0
  • Google sp55
    Pick stripe if TC ~ 350k. Else fb
    Oct 15, 2019 1
    • Spotify / Eng
      stripebook

      Spotify Eng

      BIO
      Backend eng at Spotify
      stripebookmore
      OP
      And it was about this time I realised the offer letter was about 8 stories tall and was a crustacean from the protozoic era!
      Oct 15, 2019
  • Stripe ballsacks
    Stripe for sure.

    Obviously I'm a bit biased, but I mainly recommend it because you're excited about the team, and that's almost all that really matters. The motivation will usually lead to great work, more growth, more money, etc. Go w that.
    Oct 18, 2019 0
  • Shapeways / Eng TAeI38
    Reading your post I have a feeling you already decided subconsciously and just looking for posts to confirm. Either I am reading too much between the lines or you picked Stripe :)
    Oct 15, 2019 0
  • Facebook wwvv
    Congrats!

    15K extra in paper money is not worth it
    Oct 15, 2019 4
    • Credit Karma iopsifnr
      My bet is when you’re the size of FB you won’t be growing as fast as FB is :)
      Oct 16, 2019
    • Facebook wwvv
      Ah yea city changes everything
      Oct 18, 2019
  • SoundHound pxzrog
    Sounds like you might be young. If that's the case, you can risk some paper money
    Oct 15, 2019 5
    • Stripe hiUV25
      That's fair. I'm older and my advice was valid (in retrospect) when I was younger, but the future won't necessarily be like the past.
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Amazon
      somecsdude

      Amazon

      PRE
      Microsoft
      somecsdudemore
      nCuSop for most people, you have more responsibility when in 30-40, when you start to take care of aging parents and new born children. Chasing paper money is riskier in this setup, especially if your spouse does not make a lot.
      Oct 25, 2019
  • Snapchat w8vbyc
    That said, I'd prefer Stripe for potentially more impact.
    Oct 15, 2019 0
  • Snapchat w8vbyc
    With 4 yoe either are going to be great, since both are great learning opportunities. Plus they are solid offers. Congrats!
    Oct 15, 2019 1
    • Spotify / Eng
      stripebook

      Spotify Eng

      BIO
      Backend eng at Spotify
      stripebookmore
      OP
      Thanks so much!
      Oct 15, 2019
  • Facebook / Eng JXfo63
    Curious, how do you cash out stripe (RSU/option?) If they are not planning to IPO? Buy back from investment?
    Jan 4 0

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