Anyone Feeling salary stuck?

Microsoft girlpowerr
Jan 26, 2018 116 Comments

I'm at $400k... Most I've ever made.

But I feel like my only options after this are big tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon. Just stuck at another company where I'm a pair of hands.

I miss working at a startup where I have a big impact. Even smaller tech companies can't compare with compensation. At a similar role with Zillow, got up to $200k. Offerup, tableau, a bunch of agencies can't compare in compensation either.

What are your thoughts people of Blind?

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  • CoreLogic / Product
    Xzyabc

    CoreLogic Product

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    Xzyabcmore
    $400k and you’re not happy. Time to work on your personal life.
    Jan 26, 2018 9
    • CoreLogic / Product
      Xzyabc

      CoreLogic Product

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      Xzyabcmore
      Agreed^. Volunteer your time to a good cause.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Nextdoor biasedone
      yeah the OP is lacking serious perspective.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      Yeah I hear you - I think it's also about not sure how to start moving in that direction. Which is why I'm posting in the first place. These are thoughts I know I'll get trashed in real life for voicing.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • CoreLogic / Product
      Xzyabc

      CoreLogic Product

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      Xzyabcmore
      Real some self development books. Seriously. They helped me get past the more more more dilemma.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Amazon Sdet2Sales
      Do anything to get started. What’s stopping you? With a cushion of 400k you can do pretty much ANYTHING YOU WANT. No need to ask others what to be doing. Just get out there and do what makes you happy.
      Feb 27, 2018
  • Fitbit b2bw
    Is this a humble brag?
    Jan 26, 2018 5
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      Just shower thoughts in an anonymous forum
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Fitbit b2bw
      I'm happy for you that you have this problem. Assuming you aren't getting paid 77% of your male counterparts, does the work make you happy?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Oracle
      Impurrfect

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      Impurrfectmore
      He did say 14 years experience. I expect to make that much then at least. Bay Area salaries will be higher.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      She*
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Oracle
      Impurrfect

      Oracle

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      Impurrfectmore
      Apologies, I forgot to use gender neutral pronoun, I usually do
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Medallia 🍾+🥂🍦
    What makes you happy at the end of the day?
    Jan 26, 2018 4
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      Making something that would change the world. But it's hard to turn a blind eye to a double in salary
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Amazon sp9bp4
      Humble advice: you’re not ready to change the world if you’re so easily swayed by salary.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Deutsche Bank LPeJ52
      Agree with previous advice - you are not ready and passionate enough to start something of your own right now , neither ready to let go of salary carrot . You need more time
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Microsoft gfba68
      nobody in tech changes the world
      Feb 23
  • Salesforce toxicsfdc
    400!! whats ur grade? experience??
    Jan 26, 2018 9
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      Yeah, at IBM I started at band 6 went to band 9. Then came here to Microsoft
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Amazon sp9bp4
      ^ only IBM and Microsoft experience 🤢🤮
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft
      yMcg47

      Microsoft

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      Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore
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      No wonder you feel like a pair of hands
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Facebook jf9ej392b2
      Join FB or Google. You'll probably have a dramatically different experience.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Pinterest YABB35
      Curious how much do you take home after all taxes and stuff per week or per month?
      Feb 3, 2018
  • Microsoft girlpowerr
    OP
    I'm L66 at Microsoft for those wondering. Came from IBM. TC there was $220k so this was a big jump for me. But now I feel stuck.
    Jan 26, 2018 11
    • Boeing / Eng
      turanga

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      turangamore
      You graduated college at 18?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      No, 21. But I freelanced in college
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Autodesk / Ops Autobot
      Just joined in January and already feel stuck?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product pizzaqueen
      Funny, i have an in interesting prop the other way. Decent offer from Ibm...how do they compare to MS, girlpowerr, culture wise. I am l65 here with 15 years off/on at MS (couple startups and one other Enterprise company) and being considered in the C band (told that is Vp) in watson2.0. Would i b super
      Feb 2, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product pizzaqueen
      Damn keyboard..
      Woukd i be super frustrated at IBM?
      Feb 2, 2018
  • Microsoft QRZj34
    I wish I had your problems
    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • F5 Networks dorian
    400k TC/Y? Sheeeeeeiiiiit, I'd marry the fuck out of you and wash all the dishes. Money clearly is not making you happy.
    Jan 26, 2018 5
    • Salesforce / Eng
      ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

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      ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️more
      Lold
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      😂
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft Blackhawk
      LoL
      Feb 3, 2018
    • Apple
      tosh

      Apple

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      toshmore
      You should totally marry that guy, he’ll make you happy 😂😂😂😂
      Feb 24, 2018
    • Amazon Sdet2Sales
      Or girl
      Feb 27, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    porn

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    Goldman Sachs
    pornmore
    This is the braggiest 1% problem if I've ever heard one. Seriously wtf is wrong with you, OP?

    Hey guys, I'm making $2MM. :( I don't know what to do with my life and all this money. What do you guys think? I think I can really use some jealousy from strangers to fuel me.
    Jan 27, 2018 2
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      Wasn't my intention. :( Sorry I hurt your feelings
      Jan 27, 2018
    • New
      Gogoh

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      Gogohmore
      Idiot! The OP has been replying clarifying her intentions. You obviously have a jealousy issue with her TC and cannot look beyond that. Go browse some comp threads.

      OP, my suggestion is to look at big companies but on specific orgs that are more innovative. You probably need to invest time in networking and attending some of the tech conferences. I wish you well.
      Jan 29, 2018
  • Uber YfMi76
    Y work in a company if u have so much success in ur career ??? Y can’t u be an entrepreneur, don’t have the guts or brains ??
    Jan 26, 2018 5
    • Amazon pixelicker
      Y you no type entire words!?!?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Uber YfMi76
      Y do u have to if u can understand
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Amazon pixelicker
      You're the one questioning others guts and brains when you're apparently afraid of a few constenants and vowels...
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft fNEH83
      ^ this... My perception was that Yfmi76 was intimidated and insecure by the OP’s assumed gender.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Uber YfMi76
      I don’t think U guys make any sense , just talk wrt the topic ..
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Bring Ruckus / Mktg
    ruck

    Bring Ruckus Mktg

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    Running Growth and hiring the best Growth people.
    ruckmore
    Actually...if you want to get involved in startups, then Angel invest. And you’ll learn quickly how much of a shitshow startups are and you won’t have to leave your 1% job to learn that lesson.
    Jan 26, 2018 2
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      That's true
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Oracle
      Impurrfect

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      Impurrfectmore
      400k is not 1%, more like 650k. Many SDMs, Product Managers would be making 400k.
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Google cctv-tomato
    You are correct. The only advancement options are to level up significantly, or to accept a much higher risk profile
    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • eBay / Eng
    seat

    eBay Eng

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    Why did you click on me 😡
    seatmore
    If you want money, start your own company. That’s the only way you’ll truly be wealthy
    Jan 26, 2018 5
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      No guarantee of the compensation
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Deutsche Bank LPeJ52
      Boss there is no guarantee of anything - you just jump at it if you are passionate enough
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Google cctv-tomato
      “start your own company if you want to be wealthy” is bad advice - although very common. Your own startup will have exceptionally poor odds of exceeding your current comp, on a risk-adjusted basis.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • eBay / Eng
      seat

      eBay Eng

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      Why did you click on me 😡
      seatmore
      Sure, but you’ll never be a billionaire working for somebody else. If you want to attain true monetary wealthy, you have you build something yourself rather than build off of somebody else
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Deutsche Bank LPeJ52
      Yes, his point is that there are tons of hurdles that way - and if money is your only criteria you will definitely stumble on the way
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Microsoft fNEH83
    You could try starting your own consulting gig.
    Jan 26, 2018 4
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      Well... No guarantee of the compensation
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft fNEH83
      Why not moonlight? Keep your day job and do this as your side piece.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      True. Just not sure where or how to start
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft fNEH83
      A website seems like a decent start. Anyways, I have to agree with most of the commenters. My advice is that you stay in big tech. Continue to excel at your day job, and direct your free time to social and philanthropic causes. Personally, I am involved in mentoring. This has been very fulfilling. Look for an adolescent child from inside or outside of your social circle that is less fortunate than you and could benefit from from your experience and advice. See them through, and consider sponsoring their education.
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Microsoft 👩‍💼cutie
    Off topic but I'm glad to hear about another girl getting paid well
    Jan 29, 2018 0
  • Pinterest pDLy16
    I wonder what would it take for us to understand that if $400k does not bring satisfaction/happiness then it’s probably not about money.. an we still keep chasing it in hope that some day we’ll be rich. I am not saying this to op, its for all of us including me. It makes me sad.
    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • PayPal / Eng donzeo
    Your post is all about making more money while all your comments are about feeling like you’re changing the world... makes no sense. The only way to have impact and potentially rake in money is startups. Aka you answered your own question in the original post...
    Jan 26, 2018 3
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      It's the feeling of being trapped doing something you're not passionate about because of money. Doing startups and taking on risk by lowering compensation is one way out. I was hoping to post here, to get more options. So far I've heard of working at innovation labs, doing freelance, and taking on philanthropy. So I'm pretty happy with the suggestions
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Autodesk / Ops Autobot
      How are you already feeling like this less than three weeks into your new job? Is the job not what you thought it was? Did you just have a change of heart? I would imagine for a $400k position, you would have vetted it pretty well. I’m genuinely curious.
      Jan 27, 2018
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      At IBM I was launching Enterprise products. So when I made the decision to leave I interviewed with a several companies.

      Some startups that were doing industry disruptive things, but offers were $150k ranged. Some midsize companies had large aspirations and VP level influence, but offered $200k. Then Microsoft came along and offered $400k for the same IBM role of launching Enterprise products, which don't get me wrong affects external markets, but the goals within large companies like Microsoft is less about innovation and taking risks and more about politics/shareholders/competitor parity.
      Jan 27, 2018
  • Fitbit b2bw
    I make less than half of what you do, with just as much experience. But, I'm happy, I love what I do and I love going back for more. If someone offered me 400k for a job that didn't excite me, I'd probably say no!
    Jan 26, 2018 2
    • Microsoft fNEH83
      Sounds made up.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft jdfw70
      I would say yes.
      Feb 22, 2018
  • Hootsuite dgnb28
    What about Google X or something?
    Jan 26, 2018 1
    • Microsoft girlpowerr
      OP
      That's actually great advice.
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Pandora SssL40
    If you want to change the world take 100k of your salary and start a charitable organization. That would probably make you feel more fulfilled.
    Jan 27, 2018 0
  • Nintendo VertexMtx
    Boo hoo! Call the Whambulance.
    Jan 27, 2018 0

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