Accept Google L4 offer or try for L5 in a few years?

New tZbjYk0
Jun 11 17 Comments

I was hoping to interview for an L5 position but was offered L4. I have 5.5 yoe, 1.5 yoe at a tier 3 tech company, and 4 yoe at large fortunate 100.

Verbal offer is for around 275k at L4. I was hoping for 350k at L5. Current TC is 250k.

Would it be better to accept the small bump in TC and try to promo to L5 within 2 years, or reinterview in 2 years at L5?

Do people who join as L5 have higher TC than those who get promoted to L5?

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  • Deloitte broadway74
    There is no guarantee you will get an offer later. People on here think they can just turn down offers and pick them up later.

    If you want to work there then take it now. Also your resume will be better for it. The benefits probably add some to your final tc.
    Jun 11 1
  • Google / Eng Xoll35
    Had the same choice. Decided to join Google, and now I’m happy I did.
    Jun 11 0
  • Deloitte broadway74
    $275k is a pretty good start at L4
    Jun 11 0
  • Amazon KoUq26
    It really depends on the brand value of the company OP is currently working at. If it’s something prestigious or semi-prestigious like Apple, I’d be a bit hesitant to switch just for a 10% raise. But if from a no name tech company it’s worth it. I don’t know what OP exactly means by tier-3. He could be naming Amazon or Microsoft as tier-3 as far as i know.
    Jun 11 2
    • New tZbjYk0
      OP
      Think Zillow, Tinder, Twitter, etc. Definitely a company most people have heard of, though not necessarily a prestigious place to work.
      Jun 11
    • Google / Eng Xoll35
      Twitter isn’t a tier 3
      Jun 11
  • New Glutton
    Given your low YOE, there is no benefit of not joining now. Why not stay at Google while you are working for L5?
    Jun 11 2
    • New tZbjYk0
      OP
      I think it's because I think that if I join as L4 and get promo, I might end up with a lower TC than if I just reinterview in 2 years
      Jun 11
    • New Glutton
      The dollar cost you are talking about is nothing compared to Google on resume for two yrs !
      Jun 11
  • Oracle Flatlinerz
    $25k pay rise is pretty weak. Hopefully your dick game isn't as bad as your negotiating skills. Or not negotiated yet?
    Jun 11 1
    • Deloitte broadway74
      It’s 10%, not terrible plus google benefits and name on resume
      Jun 11
  • Microsoft minx
    Accept, 2 years is a decent time frame in which to try for a promo.

    Hit the ground running. Ask and learn what they want for you to go to L65 (don't mention your mental timeframe as it may happen quicker if the stars align)
    Jun 11 0
  • Amazon Dr 𓂸
    Bear in mind refreshers can make your TC higher in those couple of years.
    Jun 11 0
  • Microsoft Vbsm66
    You can have both. Google will frequently give out of band L4 offers after downleveling someone. You just need to properly negotiate.
    Jun 11 0
  • Postmates setamtsoP
    Accept definitely! It's the brand that matters
    Jun 11 0
  • Microsoft
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    A friend recently joined Google Seattle at L4 at 300k. You could probably negotiate.

    You should join at L4 and then reinterview elsewhere for L5 in a couple to three years for much higher TC.
    Jun 11 0

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