Microsoft Azure Compute vs Palantir vs (Possibly) Google
Hello Blinders! I’m a current junior in college and have a choice to make about my last summer internship before I graduate. I am extremely conflicted about my offers and I wanted y’alls professional and life advice.
- Microsoft Azure Compute team at Redmond HQ (already accepted offer)
Pros: Team seems super interesting, and from what I’ve read, seems like there’s a lot of work to be done and chance to make an impact. Also better average engineering talent than Microsoft overall?
Cons: Is in Redmond, Seattle (very important to me)
- Palantir- SWE at New York Office (office mainly works on Foundry)
Pros: Cool + interesting product w/ Foundry. Talented engineers, and opportunity to make a big technical impact? Also: New York (very important)
Cons: Would have to renege. Possibly smaller brand name than Microsoft Azure compute?
- Wait to hear back from Google HC and accept if given an offer.
Pros: Biggest brand name
Cons: Would have to renege
Some things about me: I’m not chasing TC and I don’t care too much about reneging. The most important things to me are the opportunities to make a technical impact and learn a TON, as well as location. With location, I really want to live in either New York, Austin, or Chicago (Seattle and Bay Area are definite no-gos for me) after grad. Palantir would be an incredible opportunity in NY and I really liked their team and the vibe of the company (and I feel like it would be easier to break into NY w/ a return offer), but Microsoft Azure Compute seems like too good a chance to pass up. If I went Microsoft Azure for the summer, how do y’all think it would compare to Palantir in terms of resume value when I recruit for new-grad positions in NY/Austin? Also, what are y’alls thoughts on the quality of engineers between Palantir and Microsoft Azure Compute/opportunity to make an impact and learn a ton? If I ended up with Google, I think I would definitely take it and recruit again next year. Let me know what y’all think, thanks in advance.