The 15 Best-Paying Companies for Software Engineers


Now since we are all geering towards that same thing I presume. Eventually, we would all want to work for a major corporation such Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.
Here are top 15 Companies that pay their engineers the most:
1. Juniper Networks pays its software engineers an average base salary of $128,378

Source: GlassDoor

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Great talent. Good possibilities to make a difference in a competitive market."

Cons: "Too much bureaucracy on managerial level."

2. Google pays its software engineers an average base salary of $124,520

Source: zweroboi

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "A great company with a great history that still allows you to make contributions that can have significant impact. Awesome work culture."

Cons: "I used to love this company and thought we contributed a great deal to help the industry and society, and that we could do no harm. Unfortunately, I don't believe this about the company anymore, and I have recently lost a great deal of confidence in the current leadership team. The company has recently become run much more top down than the bottoms up nature of the years past."

3. Twitter pays its software engineers an average base salary of $120,768

Source: AP

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Good perks. Very smart people (being pre-ipo, twitter attracted a lot of super smart people). Lots of interesting work to do."

Cons: "Surprisingly large number of 'engineering managers,' senior managers, directors and VPs for a company of this size. Slow moving."

4. Facebook pays its software engineers an average base salary of $118,857

Source: Flickr/Robert Scoble

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "It is good to work here with the smartest people in San Francisco bay area. The company is always moving fast."

Cons: "Sometimes it is moving too fast. The food in cafe can be better, but the snacks in micro-kitten are really good."

5. Apple pays its software engineers an average base salary of $118,192

Source: AP

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Low stress level, offices with doors, good pay, everyone says 'wow' when you tell them where you work."

Cons: "There are no downsides working at Apple. It's a great place to work."

6. LinkedIn pays its software engineers an average base salary of $116,375

Source: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "1. Excellent engineering culture 2. Daily work is very challenging and fun. A lot of new technologies and you can not even know all of their names. There are always things you can learn. 3. LinkedIn has a good business model. 4. People with different types of expertise (Engineering, Sales, Business, Analytics) can all have interesting things to work on."

Cons: "Don't have decent free breakfast and dinner. Only free lunch is included."

7. Brocade Communications pays its software engineers an average base salary of $111,858

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Very active development with potential to work on many areas. Top performers are rewarded for their efforts. Overall, the work environment is good."

Cons: "Need to streamline development environment to make things easier to do your job. Everyone wants to be a manager, but many do not have the skills to be an effective manager."

8. eBay pays its software engineers an average base salary of $108,461

Source: eBay

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Good work environment. Great opportunity for growth and work with great people who are friendly and are willing to help. I am able to learn a lot of new things while on the job. It's a good learning experience for me."

Cons: "I don't have any views for cons except for the cafeteria. I bring my own food."

9. Bloomberg L.P. pays its software engineers an average base salary of $108,430

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Good pay, opportunity to take ownership of products, good benefits and nice building, depending on the team there could be some very interesting work. Good people to work with and lots of opportunities to work with very smart people."

Cons: "Old technology, can be very stressful, steep learning curve.

10. Zynga pays its software engineers an average base salary of $107,242

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Competitive Salary, Located in San Francisco, good perks. Good career opportunities if you join the right team."

Cons: "Tough HR policies. Certain teams have poor working conditions and little concern for their employees."

11. PayPal pays its software engineers an average base salary of $106,920

Source: Matt Rosoff Business Insider

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Agile environment. Stress on Innovation. Development is fast. Concentration on mobile."

Cons: "Legacy products can cause issues with new development. Need consolidation of products."

12. VMware pays its software engineers an average base salary of $106,568

Source: Ben Gertzfield

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Awesome campus. Nimble. Engaging workforce."

Cons: "Some politics as in any place. Currently lacks direction."

13. Oracle pays its software engineers an average base salary of $105,660

Source: AP

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "If you are placed in good project, it can be good learning experience, benefits are good."

Cons: "Best of world work place."

14. NVIDIA pays its software engineers an average base salary of $104,717

Source: Flickr nvidia.corporation

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Management has the abilities to create excitements in the job. Not much politics in lower level management."

Cons: "Too aggressive schedules promotes politics. Bad life/work balance. Bad benefits."

15. Microsoft pays its software engineers an average base salary of $103,563

Source: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A current software engineer there says:

Pros: "Overall it is good to be part of Microsoft. They pay well, benefits are good. Bonus and stock options are also good."

Cons: "Responsibility expectation is huge. Recently, they removed the no-cast medical benefits which make all of employees likely take a big cut in their take home salary. 401K match is only 50% where most of the big companies match 100%. Work-balance is always hard to maintain."

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