Big 4 to Google - Finance move

Nov 18, 2018 10 Comments

Hi all

Currently working as senior manager at KPMG in audit, about 10 years of total ecperience.

Have an opportunity to work in Google Finance. However, role being offered is IC instead of Manager. Reading on Blind, it seems like IC and Manager are different paths.

A few questions:

1. Recruiter did not tell me my Level. Is this something I can ask?

2. I know long term i would prefer to be on management side. As a Sr Mgr at KP, theres quite a bit of people management. Should I say no to this offer and apply again in a year or so for manager role?

3. Do you think going from Sr Mgr at KP to IC is stepping down in my career? Down the line of I want to apply to another tech, does Sr Mgr -> IC -> applying to manager position look bad?



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TOP 10 Comments
  • Google loveyoumom
    Finance is back office at Google. Stay at KPMG .. Google is for engineers and product managers.
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Uber
      Mouse Man


      Mouse Manmore
      What! When did PMs start taking over Google?
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Google loveyoumom
      Sundar is a PM
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Google / Product shellcrot
    The posts here are mostly engineers. Finance leveling is totally different. There is no separate IC and manager track, once you get promoted to a certain level you become "finance manager". It's likely that your offer is for L5 and you'll need to get promoted once to become a manager.

    I liked the culture in finance but never worked in traditional finance companies. WLB is likely better than traditional companies as long as you're capable of getting shit done to a quality standard.
    Nov 18, 2018 1
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    • OP
      At the current level, TC is about $30K higher at the Google opportunity.
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Amazon LatinoTPM
    Yes you should ask the level. How many years of experience do you have as a manager, and as a manager of managers? Generally speaking I think FANG doesn’t have much love for Big Four Finance. But, the finance department may see things differently. I’d guess the diversity of experience would allow you to move to senior management positions after google, quite easily. I’d only go if the TC is a lot better. Otherwise target director or VP at a bank.
    Nov 18, 2018 1
    • OP
      5 years as manager, out of which 2 as manager of managers (not 100% - since given the structure it ends up being manager as well on some jobs).
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Atlassian WB2000
    Levels at Big 4 in a way are inflated when compared to industry. Ask what your level will be, and how many levels that is removed from a manager role. That should help you gauge what you can grow into. Unless you think you’re on p track (and they’re not just dangling the carrot), I’d say take the job and don’t look back!
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Google just rando
    What's the overall package /TC? Why not big 4 partner track?
    Nov 18, 2018 0


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