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Stripe L4
Feb 12 61 Comments

My uplevel to L4 (spans Facebook E6/E7 according to levels.fyi) went through today. Levels are private at Stripe. I can't grab a beer with my coworkers, so celebrating here.

I've been here since 2017 and have been rated Exceeds Expectations at every perf cycle. This was my third attempt at an uplevel.

TC: $863k
No additional RSUs now. Refreshers are once a year.

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  • Facebook / Eng xrZ8Uq
    Any tips for getting high performance?
    Feb 12 1
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      I think the critical piece is what I’ve been calling the β€œsynthesize step”. It’s not enough to write code or go to meetings or read emails or be a domain expert. True value comes from combining all of these things and deriving insight on what work to tackle. Being able to draw inferences from work adjacent to your own and turn those into value-generating projects is the ticket to success.
      Feb 13
  • Apple aP3226
    Wow conrgrats! And crazy TC. Mind if giving breakdown?
    Feb 12 3
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thanks! 210 base. 88 bonus (20% target + discretionary). 565 equity.
      Feb 12
    • New TKpg12
      Is that equity over 4 years?
      Feb 12
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      565 vests each year
      Feb 12
  • Facebook wanton
    Congrats! I’m joining Stripe as L3 soon. Curious what does it take to get to L4? Also how do you evaluate equity value?
    Feb 12 3
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thanks! It is in your best interest to find metrics to support your impact that can be tied back to the business, even better if those metrics are measured in dollars. I shipped multiple projects across different parts of the org that significantly improved margin. Equity (all RSU) is measured with the most recent preferred price.
      Feb 12
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      That sounds fantastic. Did you propose the projects and implement them?

      I've never had the opportunity to do that at companies I've worked in so far, with one exception at an early stage startup.
      Feb 12
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Yes I did πŸ˜„ On the scale of strategic and tactical I skew tactical. I optimize for efficiently executing and help my team do the same to deliver a project. I’ve been trying to pivot domain expertise into strategic vision and that has worked pretty well so far.
      Feb 12
  • MathWorks uyG5et
    Congrats, and that TC is crazy!
    Feb 12 1
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thanks πŸ˜‰
      Feb 12
  • Google nooglr
    Yoe? And is this TC normal for L4 at strioe
    Feb 12 7
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      175 base with 5 YOE
      Feb 12
    • Facebook
      InstagrΠ°m

      Facebook

      PRE
      Google, Microsoft
      InstagrΠ°mmore
      So you joined as L3?
      Feb 12
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Yes
      Feb 12
    • Facebook
      InstagrΠ°m

      Facebook

      PRE
      Google, Microsoft
      InstagrΠ°mmore
      Which is roughly G L5 or FB E5?
      That’s pretty insane for 5 yoe tbh, but congrats on rocking it!
      Feb 12
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thank you
      Feb 12
  • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
    Congrats! On average, how many hours do you work per week? And as a median?
    Feb 12 1
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thanks πŸ™ Of the 22 workdays in a month, I work 9a-5p approximately 18 of them. The other 4 days I am out by 8p at the latest. I catch up on email on my phone for about 30min at home after dinner.
      Feb 12
  • Amazon BfRx68
    Is that 565 equity per year?
    Feb 12 6
    • Amazon BfRx68
      Wow that’s insane!! Congrats man!
      Feb 12
    • Google w66ftyh
      Stripe stock has gone up significantly in the last two years. From $5B valuation to $20B+
      Feb 12
    • Google bigjon
      Is that due to stock granted 4 years ago or your refreshers are going to come in at that much too?
      Feb 13
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      I’ve only been there two years so only one refresher so far. The refresher was $500k in RSU over 4 years.
      Feb 13
    • Facebook gd5wv9
      I assuming this is not a typical refresh for L3? Can you tell me what the typical refresh for L3 is?
      Apr 5
  • Google bigjon
    Congrats 🎊! Joining soon as a L3. what’s the process like for uplevel? And how long does someone take on average from L3 to L4?
    Feb 13 2
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thanks 🎊🎊 Process was easy: there is a well defined ladder with 5 categories of skills to tick boxes for. Conversations with your manager to checkpoint your progress. I collaborated with my manager to determine if I had a chance at an uplevel and they would propose me.

      I log my accomplishments at the end of every week in a google doc and used that to prepare a two pager on my impact and achievements. I gave this doc to my manager and peers when requesting feedback.

      There are three or four levels of calibration all uplevels go through, starting at functional group all the way to the leadership team.
      Feb 13
    • Google bigjon
      Thanks!!
      Mar 3
  • Stripe no-preser
    Congrats!🍾
    Feb 13 1
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ™ƒ
      Feb 13
  • Amazon / Eng somecsdude
    Grats bro. I’ve also been following Stripe for a while and looks like if I apply, I would be mapped to L3. Do you know roughly how much TC is for L3?

    Currently senior at Alexa ML infra team 7 YOE.
    Mar 2 3
    • Stripe gill_bates
      Levels.fyi is accurate. I make 320 as a remote L3, can make upwards of 400 in SF
      Mar 2
    • Amazon / Eng somecsdude
      I’m in Seattle:)
      Mar 2
    • Stripe gill_bates
      Somewhere in the middle then :)
      Mar 2
  • Facebook KDjJ44
    Congrats! How does IC levels map with engineering management levels at Stripe?
    Feb 13 3
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      They are not comparable
      Edit: I was mistaken πŸ˜…
      Feb 13
    • Stripe / Eng jaQG11
      L4 = M1
      Feb 13
    • Stripe no-preser
      L4 = M1 indeed. It’s one of the first things you see when looking at the ladder πŸ˜‚
      Feb 13
  • BlackRock Ikqf10
    Congrats, this is really an achievement. what do you work on ? Some crazy ML stuff ?
    Feb 13 2
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thank you. I do not work on β€œcrazy ML stuff” lol. Would prefer not to say exactly because I don’t want to be identifiable, but I built a team and organizational competency in some infra things from scratch.
      Feb 13
    • BlackRock Ikqf10
      Haha thanks
      Feb 13
  • New New.
    Congrats OP πŸŽ‰πŸ‘
    Feb 12 2
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thank you 😊
      Feb 12
    • New New.
      How do you plan to celebrate it, apart from getting all the blinders' wishes of course?
      Feb 12
  • Stripe gill_bates
    Congrats!!
    Feb 13 1
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thanks πŸ’ͺ
      Feb 13
  • Salesforce bingo$&@
    Wow that’s amazing bud! Congrats and well done!!

    Is this a software engineering role or some other profile?
    Feb 12 1
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thank you ☺️ I’m a software engineer
      Feb 12
  • Amazon / Eng tylium
    What's your role. What was your TC before.
    Feb 12 1
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Software engineer
      Feb 12
  • Congratulations πŸ™‚
    Feb 12 1
    • Stripe L4
      OP
      Thanks πŸ™
      Feb 12
  • Google / Design Eptq76
    I am a L6 at Google and I nearly do a half of your TC ehhehe
    Jul 22 0
  • Microsoft / Eng dKWp30
    Damn... That TC...
    Feb 13 0
  • BlackRock fnHO861345
    Wow congrats.
    Feb 12 0