At Huawei USA people do not work harder compared to other companies. Most full-time folks hire contractors to do coding and implementation for them. Huawei does not pay as much as FB or Google but it is not bad considering that life is very easy if you are Chinese and can speak Mandarin.
Here at Google, I take a bus(takes about 40 minutes) at 9am and leave work at 530pm. Buildings(including gyms which have towels) are open 24hrs/365days apart from the infrequent electricity shutdown/test. I play sports during work hours at least 2-3 times/week @1.5hrs each session with other employees.
Here we have breakfast, lunch and dinner but I skip dinner so I can go home early lol. I regularly run any errands I have at work (visiting doctor, getting haircut, etc.) Using the free rental cars available. There's also free laundry including baskets + detergent but that's overkill for me. My healthcare plan is a HDHP, but my biweekly cost is 0 and the deductible is 1350 for myself after which everything is covered 💯. Google deposits 1350 in my HSA every year effectively making my contributions towards medical 0. Biweekly cost for dental vision is like $8? 401k is matched 50%, so I drop 19k and google matches 9.5k. Everyone is standard issued electric standing desk, ergonomic chair, Bluetooth headphones , desktop and laptop. I didn't include the tuition benefit (2/3 tuition upto 12k/year), commuting (google now covers upto max commuting benefit per month ~250$ in bay area) because I haven't used them yet.
There's a bunch of death benefits (all unvested stock vests immediately upon death of employee, spouse gets half salary for the next 10 years, 1k/month per child till they are through college, 3x salary life insurance).
Also Google, my pay is worse, my yoe before google is way more, I bike to work (10min) at 8:20 and stay to 18, like everybody does here. Nobody plays sports, rarely I see someone drinking coffee even. And I must admit my project is quite chill, no strong deadlines. It really depends.
BIG difference between benefits and “perks”. So which are we talking about here?
Free cafeterias and an on-site Starbucks would be great. But our health plan for family has a $1000 deductible (employee alone is $400) and covers 90/10 until you reach your out of pocket maximum of $1500 ind / $3000 fam for the year. Wouldn’t trade that for perks if the only employer plan was a HDHP + HSA.
Don’t see the benefit of a HDHP when my company charges the same for premium as it does the PPO. Paying just under $100/month to cover myself but same plan under COBRA would be $750 for health, not counting dental / vision.
As far as perks... We have an on site gym with extended hours, humongous new locker room and changing area. Just got a new set of electrically adjustable standing desks and replacement chairs. Cafeteria open for breakfast and lunch (prices apply but food is heavily subsidized). EV charging spots up front, work from home (currently 1 day a week but new Assoc Director seems open to more).
There are SWE roles here but not in the Bay Area. Most are in Atlanta and Dallas.
I work enterprise VoIP and legacy switch translations (5ESS, DMS mainly). Most of my work is done through email, with the occasional outbound call to a different department if I have a ticket open with them.
The VoIP side is well... a lot of things. Toll free routing and customer IPIVR application changes, LD trunk maintenance (routine: pull stats, if dirty - take circuit OOS, refer out to dispatch, retest, turn up trunks again.)
Stopping robocalls (explaining to call center customers they can’t spoof ANIs on our network, it must be a TN they actually own with us). Discovered in my time here that most robocalls are facilitated via carriers that still provide an “outbound only” wholesale service that doesn’t authenticate calls and just let whatever pass through. This is arcane, not secure, and is open to abuse (as we are now learning).
I actually think LinkedIn has better benefits than Google.
- $125 a month for transportation paid for by LinkedIn - Free unlimited Caltrain & Shuttle Service - On-site gyms - Building open 24/7 - Healthcare / Dental / Vision Premiums 100% Paid for by LinkedIn - For Healthcare $0 deductible, max $1000 out of pocket per year with a PPO plan - 50% 401k Match - 10% discount on up to 15% of pay for ESPP - 2 week company shutdown per year - 7 holidays in addition to shutdown - Discretionary Time Off - $80 a month for phone bills - $2K a year for student loans, gym, house cleaning, tax prep, etc. - Free Breakfast/ Lunch (Dinner in South Bay) - InDay per month - Spot bonus awards (only manager approval needed) - $20K benefit for Egg Freezing, Fertility Testing, Adoption, Surrogacy - 3x base life insurance for free - $10K cash in case of death and all remaining stock immediately vested and 6 months of insurance for dependents
Amazon benefits suck, you don’t even get Prime membership as a benefit. No free food and no random other benefits like laundry or gym memberships. Your 401K match is worse and they only give you 2% amazon stock fund not cash match that you can then invest in whatever way. Then they fail the 401K test and kick your own contribution back so you can’t even put in the IRS max per year, completely independent of the match. Say goodbye to stay fit benefits, company store discounts, Passport etc. Stock vesting is garbage at 5,15,40,40%. They use the word frugal but all it means is cheap. They will look at hiring stocks as well when it’s time to reward you or give you a raise to compute total comp and you can end up with a 3% increase over base pay and no new stock for 2 years and zero bonus if stock has gone up. People who get promoted often get no new stocks for the next year and there is no cash bonus either for promotions. Base caps out at 160K. Your Premera HSA plan is worse. I had 22+12 days off per year at MS, here you get 10+5 your first year and 15+5 your next year onwards so you’re working a lot of days next to holidays that you get off at other places usually like Friday after thanksgiving. You have to pay for parking in your building. Also there are absolutely no enterprise level product management tools, no product studio and no TFS, it’s the Wild West and people manage roadmaps and projects in the equivalent of google docs. I learned about a new domain pretty fast because things move faster but otherwise horrible experience with benefits.
"Non-PSC focused culture"? "Better WLB"? I've had the complete opposite experience... WLB in my team is very bad, and everyone lands buggy code a month before PSC so they can claim it as impact. I haven't been at Google, but everyone I know likes it there.
Food everyday health car is killer I am forever bond because its so good. Gym is payed for they give you money for phone $50 . free eye and dental . there is a big site but we get apple discounts and other tech things too.
But what more would you want. The crazy cool stuff is nice but as long uber is taking care of me my tc is fine my hours are great and the perks are awesome 401k stuff will come later but I put enough away in savings the not matching doenst bug me.
Surprised no one has mentioned Dropbox! 100% covered Health and Dental Plan(No cost from paycheck) ($200 savings) 100% 401K match upto $6K (Instant Vesting, so double money) Unlimited Vacation, plus 10 days paid holidays Free catering, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and full fledged cafe (best in bay area)(Atleast $400 savings) Free Social Gathering, including Whiskey fridays and can bring friends too(Atleast $100 savings) $100 Wellness reimbursement monthly ($100 savings) $100 commuter reimbursement monthly ($100 savings) $100 Cellphone Cost reimbursement ($100 savings) $250 quarterly reimbursement for books and training ($80) Very flexible WFH policy, wednesdays are telecommute days Free dropbox storage for you as well as friends
I agree it’s very shitty, I am neither Indian or Chinese. I compare my self to my friends at other companies at Uber and Facebook with same nationality. No body had to wait to start the process, I had to wait a year. They had it in hand in 2 years, I am on my third and no still waiting.