Google to waymo. Worth it?

Jun 11, 2019 23 Comments

Been at Google for ~2 yrs. No prior working experience. Found my work sucks. In process of waymo interviews.
Wondering what you guys think about transferring to Waymo. Is it a good move? I m excited about self driving, but not quite sure whether/when Waymo will win the game. Any domain insights/comments would be appreciated. Thanks much!

L4. TC 250K

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2019/06/18 UPDATE:
87 people voted so far. Seems insignificant difference, a tie basically, lol.
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  • Tesla Hdhaga
    I’m at Waymo at the moment and so far so good. Was never at Goog so cant do a direct comparison. Although our pace is *slower* than we’d anticipated, we’re a lot more established, ahead, and at a steady pace in comparison to Cruise (who it seems is having major growing pains as of recent a la current Blind posts). Tesla is just pretty much never going to happen in terms of SDC.. hardware and software sucks for now (not trying to argue with anyone on this, anyone in SDC space knows this to be true).

    Issues my colleagues are having though is with the stock being Waymo stock, however -I believe- there are periods we can have goog buy portions of it back, so there’s that I guess. Other than that we are having our own growing pains as well, however there’s a lot of smart people who realize shit isn’t working properly and are trying to fix it as we go so issues are not being ignored, just the pace is not ‘on demand’. And as a bonus, goog is like our very very rich sugar daddy. 😁
    Jun 11, 2019 4
    • Google adhd_
      OP
      thanks so much for sharing! Mind chatting privately?
      Jun 12, 2019
    • Tesla Hdhaga
      Sure feel free to ping me
      Jun 12, 2019
  • Google adhd_
    OP
    Hmm, good to know. Yes can keep existing GSUs. But future refresher are waymo stock, not GSU.
    Jun 11, 2019 5
    • Google adhd_
      OP
      Wierd, dnt think so. It's posted by a Apple guy.
      Jun 11, 2019
    • Oracle pointeduho
      I can see it.
      Jun 11, 2019
  • Amazon / Eng idk_
    So Waymo doesn’t count as an internal team switch?
    Jun 11, 2019 4
    • Amazon / Eng GoodOmen
      Interesting. Do you still get GOOG stock as part of TC?
      Jun 11, 2019
    • Salesforce Omega Del
      No you get waymo stock (undisclosed valuation) to "motivate" you as you have a more direct impact
      Jun 11, 2019
  • Amazon / Eng unionset
    So if I invest in Alphabet, I don’t get Waymo ownership with that? So if waymo takes off it’ll be great for waymo stock but not Alphabet stock?
    Jun 25, 2019 2
    • Google adhd_
      OP
      Will also be great for Alphabet I think, it's just not *that* great compared to waymo stock
      Jun 26, 2019
    • Zendesk showmethe
      It will also be great for alphabet stock. It’s a product alphabet owns so their is a lot of upside for goog too
      Jun 27, 2019
  • Facebook alion
    Does anyone from Google get notified or contacted if you apply to another Alphabet company?
    Jun 25, 2019 1
    • Google adhd_
      OP
      Don't think so
      Jun 26, 2019
  • Google nrvD43
    Why not do an internal transfer? There are so many interesting teams within and you have so much internal visibility/knowledge, not sure I would take the risk in transferring to Waymo.
    Jun 12, 2019 1
    • Google adhd_
      OP
      What risk do you mean? Mind elaborating? I personally feel risk is little, but I may be biased as I believe in AV future.
      Jun 12, 2019

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