Tier rankings for tech companies in the Bay Area

Jan 28, 2019 56 Comments

Tier = Pay, prestige, wlb, culture, benefits, talent pool, brand weight on resume, people have starry eyes when you tell them where you work at

Tier 0: Be your own boss
Tier 1: FNG
Tier 2: Apple, Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, Linkedin
Tier 3: Amazon, Microsoft, Stripe, Pinterest, Slack, Snap, Dropbox, Robinhood, Palantir
Tier 4: Salesforce, square, Twitter, nvidia, Opendoor, Box, Bloomberg
Tier 5: Zillow, Yelp, Oracle, Quora, Reddit, Houzz, purestorage, Expedia
Tier 💩: Cisco, Autodesk, IBM, HP, Vertivco, VMWare, Intel

If you don’t like tiers to happen then GTFO, you agree or not but tiers help you to grow and succeed in your career, it’s a milestone!

If you disagree, make your own list and comment.



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TOP 56 Comments
  • Amazon JSnowflake
    Yes, let's have another one of these tier threads, said nobody ever.
    Jan 28, 2019 0
  • Salesforce ohana33
    Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon are Tier 2
    Jan 29, 2019 8
    • Oracle aink3
      @0x0000000... did you work at salesforce to comment on engineering quality subpar or you are assuming?
      Feb 3, 2019
    • Airbnb / Eng 0x00000000
      Yes, interned there.
      Feb 10, 2019
  • Microsoft BcrX06
    Microsoft > Amazon, Palantir, Dropbox
    Palantir > Dropbox, Snap
    Jan 28, 2019 7
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      How would you compare Palantir and Dropbox, then? And have you worked at Amazon?
      Jan 29, 2019
    • Apple / Eng 🚲 seeker
      Lol, Dropbox >>> msft
      Jan 29, 2019
  • New / R&D zorkan
    In Seattle my perspective is,
    T1: Facebook, Google, Allen Institute for AI (AI2)
    T2: Microsoft, Vulcan, Tableau, Amazon, Expedia, 5% of unknown startups
    T3: Groupon, Nvidia, Intel, Tesla, Unity, Apple, Uber, Zillow, Redfin, Dropbox, DocuSign, Getty, Axon, Valve, Airbnb, 30% of unknown startups
    T4: Concur, F5, Boeing, Twitter, Dell, EA, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Nintendo, Bungie, Nordstrom, Pop Cap, the banks, 35% of unknown startups
    T5: most other non-tech companies (eg; Starbucks), 20% of unknown startups
    T😥: consulting firms that compensate poorly (eg under 70k), 10% of unknown startups.

    Mostly based on local presence, how cool the offices are, and my observations of employee happiness.
    Edit: increased granularity between T2-T3
    Edit2: changed the mid tiers
    Jan 28, 2019 9
    • Amazon Asfjfk
      Do you have any examples of T2 startups on the top of your head?
      Feb 3, 2019
    • New / R&D zorkan
      xnor.ai, maybe Rover (gets a tier bump because 🐶). From a technical POV it's hard to say, but there are many startups you've never heard of and then you look at their tech/code and it's like "damn". I'd guesstimate that a very small percentage of the unknowns in Seattle startup pool captures that.
      Feb 3, 2019
  • Airbnb 0x00000000
    Stripe is Tier 1 or 2, at least for eng
    Jan 28, 2019 1
    • Square / Eng Sraf58
      I'd put stripe at least at 1.5 for their eng talent and outlook.
      Jan 28, 2019
  • Zillow Group Sr. Troll
    Jan 29, 2019 0
  • Vertivco / Eng

    Vertivco Eng

    Youtube, American Bureau of Shipping, Facebook
    Square should be Tear 1 or 2.
    Jan 28, 2019 2
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      Agreed. Tier 2.

      Definitely at least 1 tier higher than Amazon
      Jan 28, 2019
    • Square / Eng Sraf58
      Definitely better than a few in OP's tier 3.
      Jan 28, 2019
  • Apple / Eng 🚲 seeker
    Stop trying to make tiers happen. They’re not going to happen.
    Jan 29, 2019 1
  • Microsoft lstunk
    Lol FB tier 1? Is it based on their stock return or based on loads of scandals.
    Jan 29, 2019 0
  • Apple xUEdsjT
    Why would you say Apple > Microsoft? Especially say if Microsoft is offering more TC
    Jan 29, 2019 1
    • Apple / Eng 🚲 seeker
      Microsoft doesn’t offer more TC lol.. and definitely not once u factor in refreshers
      Jan 29, 2019


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