Am I getting too comfortable?

Google / Eng G00G13
May 7 247 Comments

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?

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  • Amazon
    somecsdude

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    somecsdudemore
    Lets hope that you don’t regret in the future
    May 7 11
    • Zillow Group ghFh57
      Maybe recruiting one day will improve and leetcoding would not be enough? 🤔
      May 7
    • Facebook zoom out
      Leetcode no enough? That’s unpossible!
      May 7
    • eBay eyxitsjtj
      I can see OP herding you all in the future.
      May 7
    • Metromile / Eng FoHm60
      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.
      May 8
    • This 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 everyday
      May 8
  • New / Eng EzcI23
    For some developers thats a dream, just have fun and enjoy

    Life is more than just work
    May 7 5
    • New / Mgmt McAfee
      No one ever said, I wish I practiced 6 more hours of leets, that one Wednesday, instead of swimming with my kids at the pool—- on their deathbed.
      May 7
    • New fSca65
      It was kinda poetic
      May 7
    • Amazon god
      Shakespeare spotted
      May 7
    • Adobe / Eng
      abcdxyz123

      Adobe Eng

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      Software engineer architect manager big data platforms
      abcdxyz123more
      Most deathbed words or sentences don’t make sense.
      May 7
    • Cisco
      ()()

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      ()()more
      You will get the sense of those words once you reach deathbed @abcxyz123
      May 8
  • You're winning at life imo
    May 7 2
    • Microsoft / R&D
      kintaro

      Microsoft R&D

      BIO
      Synbio = future, nothing less.
      kintaromore
      ... so rich, and green... waiting in, a hot tureen... :)
      May 7
    • Facebook MkNP73
      Ll
      May 7
  • Google mksee
    Maximizing 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.
    May 7 2
    • Facebook
      hdyubdrhr

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      hdyubdrhrmore
      So well said!
      May 7
    • Adobe / Eng
      abcdxyz123

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      abcdxyz123more
      Well said. Just look at the tax rate of those incremental dollars you earn. That kinda tells you which dollars you should slog for and which you shouldn’t.
      May 7
  • New / Eng dfg6#$
    Yes you are getting too comfortable and you may regret it in future.
    May 7 7
    • The two aren’t mutually exclusive
      May 7
    • Oracle D Trump
      Yeah, go take a year or three off and discover yourself. You might find out you are meant to work for me who excelled in the meantime. 🤣🤣🤣
      May 7
    • Facebook Rez345
      Oracle excelled? 🤣🤣🤣
      May 7
    • Oracle D Trump
      Ask Larry. They are just me paying for my services right now.
      May 7
    • Facebook hwXy01
      Lol imagine killing yourself at work to end up at Oracle
      May 7
  • Microsoft / Eng dKWp30
    At 200K with 4 yoe and that kind of WLB, you’re not average. I repeat... you’re not average.
    May 7 11
    • SoFi / Eng ozwald
      Hey fb. Does income tax not exist in your mythical MTV world?
      May 8
    • Facebook blueriver
      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
      May 8
    • Chase onlypjay
      I have a family, and I have a life also, can't live a miserable life
      May 8
    • Facebook blueriver
      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)
      May 8
    • Cox Communications zoink99
      Facebook...jealous of you finding frugal mate! my man spends like money grows on trees and he's not ambitious or money motivated.....
      May 8
  • Adobe Fuhahgaha
    Same 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.
    May 7 1
    • Intuit readyTo🔥
      Why 5 years specifically? Or is that number more of an estimate, and in your view, is it conservative or are we on the precipice of seismic changes in SWE TC?
      May 7
  • Google RPM
    Nobody on their deathbed ever wished they had worked harder.
    May 7 4
    • Amazon / Eng 🦎 gecko
      I wouldn’t say nobody. People who severely underachieved based on potential might say that but I doubt someone who’s made it in this industry especially in google would say that.
      May 7
    • Metromile / Eng FoHm60
      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!
      May 8
    • Google usurper
      You can afford to die in your own home right now if you want. I'd prefer spending my time enjoying life though
      May 8
    • SpaceX / Other
      muskytaint

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      muskytaintmore
      Sure, nobody wished they worked harder on someone else's dream, or at a souless corporation. But there are rewards in contributing to society more than just yourself and your family.
      May 8
  • Microsoft / Eng hsw23+
    You're at Google with $200k TC. You're a failure. Even MSFT pays me more.
    May 7 6
    • Facebook YBcl04
      Interesting to know that money defines failure or success
      May 7
    • Apple Dr.Dre
      Here is a perfect example of an A hole in Blind looking down people base on money they make.
      May 7
    • Nutanix saneep
      But he already said it that his colleagues earn a little more than what he's earning... And yet they burst their a***s.. That's the point of his post
      May 7
    • Cognizant / IT tagtag123
      Your whole life is waste to have this attitude and thought process
      May 7
    • Amazon seekk
      Disgusting entitled loser. That’s all.
      May 7
  • Headspace sScq20
    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.
    May 7 5
    • Apple net worth
      Dude if your coworker is sundar then you can bet you would be in a great situation yourself. Having close relationship with ceo trumps any project you work on
      May 7
    • Headspace sScq20
      Maybe. I’m just saying that those that keep hustling, may gain really stellar results.
      May 7
    • Amazon hell-o
      What is the value of money if you are old, can't travel as much, can't eat as much, etc...
      May 7
    • Cruise Automation MNpz56
      What 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
      May 7
    • Salesforce / Eng Forcesales
      You realize that most people do NOT want to be CEO of Google right?
      May 9
  • Cisco / Eng 0xdeadbad
    Enjoy while it lasts. ❄️ is coming.
    May 7 1
    • New yyPg74
      Winter is coming for Cisco that’s for sure
      May 8
  • Amazon / Eng 🦎 gecko
    Can I get a referral?
    May 7 0
  • Amazon Shelman
    You are not missing out. There is more to life than TC. Blind is obsessed with TC. Do not follow this trend.
    May 7 0
  • New Suits
    I 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! 😉
    May 7 1
    • Google / Eng G00G13
      OP
      This was enlightening :) thanks
      May 8
  • Facebook blueriver
    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
    May 7 1
    • Nutanix mod99
      Facebook has lot of peer to peer pressure I heard.
      May 7
  • Splunk Splunkery
    We are overpaid, enjoy it while you can and save
    May 7 0
  • Grab newusrnm
    As long as you have a purpose in life and you’re happy there’s nothing wrong with it. Congrats on working for Google :)
    May 7 0
  • Google zlrsmgfo
    You can always utilize your free time to learn something that excites you, or work on your own idea. May be pick up fun 20%. As long as you don't get stuck intellectually, it is fine to be comfortable.
    May 7 0
  • Amazon awssdm
    What 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
    May 7 3
    • SWC / Data
      spiked

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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
      spikedmore
      Lol
      May 8
    • Facebook ziggyziggy
      Haha, jealous much? Sounds like he’s living the American dream.
      May 12
    • SWC / Data
      spiked

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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
      spikedmore
      I think that's actually a bit tongue-in-cheek
      May 12
  • Uber / Eng ydhsk
    Op 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!
    May 7 2
    • Salesforce loompa
      The key is that you hated your lifestyle. OP does not.
      May 7
    • Rally Health PWcK47
      What's the difference between working at Uber vs Google?
      May 7