Alright, I am at a point where money doesn’t excite me too much.
I earn fairly average (200k TC, 4yoe) with quite relaxed job ie 2-3 days wfh per week.
Have to write pretty simple python and java automation code.
I hardly have to work for 3-4 hours a day( and that keeps my manager happy).
On the other hand, I see my friends at other companies, grinding their a**s 9-7, sometimes even over the weekend, which only helps them earn just 20-30 percent more than me, which they don’t know how/where to spend.
Currently I am not following latest technology trends (AI/ML/AR/VR/KA). I may learn one of these in future, based on job trends and or my interest.
But currently I am enjoying spending more time with family, playing my favourite sports, traveling, getting in better shape, sleeping 😴
Am I getting too comfortable with my job? Or I just have a good work life balance?
Alright, I am at a point where money doesn’t excite me too much.
- The more companies I see from the inside, the less fear I have that recruiting engineers will become more efficient/meaningful anytime within the window of my working life.
Plus OP is already at Google early in his career making 200k, which carries enough cache on it's own. Outside a full blown drug addiction, quitting/apathy, or mental illness I see no way this person 'fails' any reasonable standard of career progression.
- Amazon ☀️ sunshineThis comment got 103 likes, but surprised, and why would he regret it in the future? 😁 Maybe it’s the opposite where he will be happier in the future as he gets to spend his time with the family, enjoys sports, and takes care of himself while earning good money. I don’t see a single reason to regret this in the future.
Most likely all people who liked this comment are the ones working their a$$ off 9-7 everydayMay 8 3
- New / Eng EzcI23For some developers thats a dream, just have fun and enjoy
Life is more than just work
- Google mkseeMaximizing career is overrated. What's the meaning of squeezing out more TC. I'll take it if they give it, otherwise don't sweat it. Time to enjoy family, friends, and hobbies bring so much more meaning to life than some more TC for a slightly bigger house (a few extra rooms, bigger yard), nicer car (5 series vs 3 series) slightly nicer clothes (Armani vs JCrew).
It's the law of diminishing returns. Your TC is already high enough to enjoy a good life as far as $$ is concerned. Instead of investing more time to bend the needle further in career which translates into only modest net benefit, invest in low hanging fruit in other areas of your life that pay off with much more happiness.
- Microsoft / Eng dKWp30At 200K with 4 yoe and that kind of WLB, you’re not average. I repeat... you’re not average.
- This is accounting for income tax, yes. I said frugal-ish, which not everyone wants to be, and assumes you are single — the calculus changes once you have a family. I live in MTV and this is an unparalleled environment to save a ton of money in your 20s (well other than Seattle) *as long as you don’t let your lifestyle inflate* ...pick one small luxury or two but otherwise live like a typical entry level 20s person
- Then it’s the same as 100k in an average city for you! Not for everyone though :) And btw, a life hack I’ve found is that it’s absolutely possible to not spend too much but still have a happy life. I go on road trips and small vacations every month, a big vacation every year, and spend less than 45k/yr. It will have to increase when I have kids, but by then we will have saved a few million combined (partner is equally frugal)
- Adobe FuhahgahaSame here. I am just enjoying my life. Couple times a year I need to focus on my job, and still successful enough to get promoted. However I dont expect this will last longer than five years. Eventually this field will be saturated. Be prepared to withstand coming winter.
- I mean, if your 'deathbed' is in a home/hospice paid by medicare and your death lasts for a long time, you might wish you had worked harder and smarter to be able to afford better medical care.
Personally I grind leetcode so I can afford to die in my own home after decent-to-good doctors make a real effort to save my life. America!
- Microsoft / Eng hsw23+You're at Google with $200k TC. You're a failure. Even MSFT pays me more.
- It reminded me of a blogpost from a google employee. Who was saying how he got comfortable, wasn’t stressing too much, and had a coworker they used to hang out with, who was working really hard. Years later, that coworker got really successful. His name was Sundar Pichai.
I think the main question is what are you looking for. What are your goals. IMO while you’re young and have the energy - focus on work and career. So when you’re older, you have higher TC and more room for relaxation and joy.
- Cruise Automation MNpz56What a beautiful story.
Unfortunately, it's called survivor bias. Most of the people working 10+hours will lose their time doing a meaningless job without ever getting any real reward for it compared to the guy that works 4 hours a day.
So sure, you can try to be the next CEO of Google, but most probably you will just be another loser working 12 hours a day and not getting anywhere
- New SuitsI think it’s high time we stop evaluating performance based on the number of hours worked . Maybe you’re just really good at what you do, so say someone who’s not as good might take much more than the 2-3 hours you take. Now the next part to your question, are you getting too comfortable, that can be true, but in order to address that you need to probably find something exciting to work on. Ask for new projects, lead a new initiative, help a colleague. If nothing of this interests you, invest in your health, volunteer at some organization! And above all stop worrying about the fact that you have nothing to worry about! 😉
- You’re living my dream!
My life changed for the better forever when I stopped buying into silly status competitions and putting my identity into the rat race. The true winner is the one who manages to trick a company into paying them a lot for -not- trying
- Amazon awssdmWhat a fucking loser. Are you in America or not? You should be giving your job 100% and stressing about it most days of the week
- Uber / Eng ydhskOp I was at Google 4 years ago and enjoyed the work/life balance and good TC like you. Hated my life style and decided to join Uber. Financially I did not come ahead. But as a human being I grew so much. So my advice is, join some a smaller company and grow yourself!