A slow startup and paying me merely 72k

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I am not sure if it should be in compensation or careers.
I work at a startup in the East Coast, this company started 10 years ago but recently picked up a little bit of pace, I have joined it a little more than 1 year ago and have seen the company getting it's first client, learned a lot and have seen many clients (it's a B2B security model),
I am only developer, another dev. they had was the one who built the prototype and got shares in company and now works only remotely 10 hrs a month ( by effectively 0).
I work under supervision of CTO and CEO, CTO is an ex prof. And very intelligent person and every day is new learning day because of him where as CEO is someone who is not technologically sound hence it's hard to work with, but I'm managing.

Every other week I have to work roughly 10 hrs a day and sometimes I have to travel to represent our company on sales expo.
I don't know why am I doing this, tried interviewing recently and Failed at a FAANG, completely lost motivation as I have a Master's Degree in CS.
I am only 27 and my forehead has wrinkles, my hair's are greying and falling out and I am always stressed,
Things have crossed limit last week as I couldn't sleep and I wake up with sweaty stressful nightmares asking you have a MS and you still can't earn enough to even pay off your student loan.
My focus at work is going down because of constant headache.
When I joined, I was told we are waiting for more funding, employee manual says appraisals happen in September, which is almost gone and have no news. I used to take work from home once or twice a month but CEO had bad experience with an old employee so she went ahead and changed the employee manual to state that work from home is counted only half a day.

How to end this? I don't know what to ask you guys as I know I should keep leet coding ( with this crazy schedule ?)
TC 72k, YoE 2y

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  • Facebook / Eng e999
    Interview at non faang?

    I have worked for 3-4 companies before joining Fb.
    Sep 19 1
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      pRMd45

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      Thanks, I should start applying then
      Sep 19
  • Microsoft / Eng unoriginal
    2yoe and 72k is not bad, especially for East coast, and especially for a start up, imho.

    That said there's no reason you shouldn't switch if you can find a better wlb/tc
    Sep 19 3
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      pRMd45

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      New grads get 82k in my area 0yoe,
      Sep 19
    • Microsoft / Eng unoriginal
      It doesn't matter if you know a guy who got 82 right out of college, you're not that person and 72 still isn't bad. People are also getting 45k right out od college (I know multiple people who got that much) even in your area
      Sep 19
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      Ya may be I am comparing too much
      Sep 19
  • Microsoft RnPQ40
    Are you on a visa? If not, stop giving a shit and start preparing for interviews. Do 2 LC questions a day.

    Don’t limit yourself to FANG. There are plenty of companies where you can build a better career. Microsoft, salesforce, Bloomberg, etc. I was failing tech interviews for 2 years before I got the job I have
    Sep 19 8
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      Thanks Microsoft
      Sep 19
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      @new I know that could happen. Everyone bon Visa has to struggle upto 2 months after graduation maximum specially with Trump complicating things.

      Applying online is not a great option. LinkedIn and contacting recruiters is the only way. I got interviews because I am already working in the US and recruiters bombard me on LinkedIn, I was holding myself to say 'yes' only to top ones but as advised here, I should just go for it
      Sep 19
    • New QRjI61
      Is it ok to look for referrals if I’ve already got rejection from online applications? I’m sorry for the out of context question
      Sep 19
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      @new most companies have cool down period Amazon, Microsoft has 6 months and G,FB has 1 year but can't say about referral, they could call you doesn't hurt to try.
      Just remember to prepare well, so someday if you accidentally get a call from your dream company, you should be able to crack it
      How to prepare is something I am still trying to figure out , seems like leetcoding
      Sep 19
    • New QRjI61
      Yeah correct, reading fundamentals and solving LC seems to be working for me atleast in the mocks, for example if you know how to do BFS, DFS, topological sort, check bipartiteness etc, you can solve most of the Graph problems similarly for other topics
      Sep 19

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