Which offer to choose

Nov 13, 2018 92 Comments

Have the below offers in hand. Which one would you choose if you want to optimize for future career growth? All offers are for Senior position.

Here are the pros and cons:

1) Airbnb :
Pros: More upside. People are genuinely nice. Strong business with a lot of room for growth
Cons: Engineering problems aren’t that great when compared to other companies

2) Facebook :
Pros: Top notch engineering problems to solve. Faster career growth if one can handle the pressure. Can explore different domains/teams
Cons: Cutthroat culture driven by PSC. Lots of short term hacks? Rough WLB in certain teams

3) Lyft :
Pros: Good engineering problems. Company is trying to play catch-up, so lots of opportunities for personal growth. Good WLB
Cons:
Not sure about this one. Can folks at Lyft help me with this?

4) Netflix :
Pros: Great company culture. Freedom to work on things without any red tape. Tons of engineering problems
Cons:
Only present in CA. Being on H-1B, a bit unsure about the keepers test.

PS: I’m not trying to offend any company by listing it’s cons. These are only my observations from my interviews and blind. And this isn’t a humble brag of any sort. Interview involves a ton of luck and I’m grateful to be in this position.

Current level: 5
YOE: 8
TC: 230k

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  • Microsoft Shxhebxj
    You deserve those offers. Your post is one of the better ones with good writing, clear explanation, breakdown, modesty and great information. I will be happy at any of above but Lyft offers seems not as competitive. If you have family, probably Netflix. If not and weigh in on career over life, then Facebook. If you want to enjoy young life, Airbnb.
    Nov 13, 2018 1
    • Amazon LuckyDay!
      OP
      🙏 Thank you!
      Nov 13, 2018
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Teach me sensei, are you accepting any disciples at the moment?
    Nov 13, 2018 6
    • State Farm / Eng 599
      @OP, yeah if you can share how you prepared that would be great! Congrats!
      Nov 13, 2018
    • Cisco / IT
      softhack

      Cisco IT

      PRE
      Amazon
      BIO
      In search of a great workplace respecting diversity
      softhackmore
      +1
      Nov 15, 2018
  • Facebook pipirupiru
    Netflix, because 420.
    Nov 13, 2018 4
    • Rockwell Collins cscY72
      40% of 420 going in taxes.
      Nov 13, 2018
    • Capital One 4962798
      Not necessarily. It depends on how you play stock options.
      Nov 13, 2018
  • Expedia Ejxnsk
    Airbnb ~= Netflix > Lyft >> FB
    Nov 13, 2018 2
    • Facebook / Eng kill -1
      Lol
      Nov 13, 2018
    • Expedia Ejxnsk
      I prefer kill -9
      Nov 13, 2018
  • Amazon LuckyDay!
    OP
    Hey folks,

    I’ve created a new post containing my preparation notes here:

    Check out this post! "Preparing for interviews (Career)"
    https://us.teamblind.com/s/wPkyC8nU
    Nov 13, 2018 2
    • Microsoft wattodo
      Thank you!
      Nov 14, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Ramdevbaba

      New Eng

      PRE
      Starbucks
      Ramdevbabamore
      Thank you .
      Nov 14, 2018
  • Uber Tonest
    Why do people say Netflix has great company culture? It’s obviously unique and controversial, not for majority of folks imho.
    Nov 13, 2018 1
    • Amazon LuckyDay!
      OP
      Exactly. Netflix has a culture where only certain type of people would thrive. It’s not for everyone and that is completely ok.

      If you like not having processes and can shoulder the responsibility for your actions, Netflix is a great place.
      Nov 13, 2018
  • New khEu77
    Congrats. How did you time it to get 4 offers in the same week?
    Nov 13, 2018 4
    • New khEu77
      Especially with larger companies, the process is long and schedule is rather inconsistent
      Nov 13, 2018
    • Amazon LuckyDay!
      OP
      I tried to even out the pace of the companies by slowing one down/ asking the other to speed up deliberately. Example for slowing down: After the recruiter call, I’d ask for a few weeks for giving out the PS date

      Starting from the initial recruiter call to the final onsite, rinse and repeat this strategy
      Nov 13, 2018
  • Netflix hoot hoot
    Moved from FB to Netflix recently and I'm loving it. WLB is waaaay better and having freedom to do whatever is great. I honestly am not sure how the keeper test would work yet but it feels like everyone is competent and wouldn't be let go, at least on my team
    Nov 13, 2018 3
    • Netflix hoot hoot
      Freedom and responsibility extends reaaaaallly far. No designated holiday schedule and a lot of other stuff so in the beginning it's hard to gauge what's "normal". I'm still not sure tbh but I think all in all its a great thing
      Nov 13, 2018
    • Netflix Nqac32
      +1 that the extreme freedom can be a bit disorienting at first. But now, I wouldn't have it any other way.
      Nov 14, 2018
  • Google / Eng Howdy2
    No google? :(
    Nov 13, 2018 1
    • Amazon LuckyDay!
      OP
      I suck at DP and felt I won’t be able to make it through the interviews. Ended up skipping it. Next time around :)
      Nov 13, 2018
  • Unity noqD28
    The lyft offer seems low considering its not liquid.
    Nov 13, 2018 0

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