Can't get into FAANG, so pick who (list below)?

Pacific Northwest National Lab rahjh
Aug 26, 2018 46 Comments

I really cannot-make-it. Looks like the only offers I will be getting are not FAANG, not even FAANG-like, e.g. MSFT.

Position is Data/Research scientist doing real ML and DL work, not SQL monkey.

Still interviewing. Have offers for some, others just finished on-site and was good. Will prob get full pic by mid September.

Choices are: Expedia, Wayfair, Chase, Hewlett-Packard, SAS, Bloomberg, AIG.

This is mostly for SDE 2 type of seniority. PhD with 2yrs experience. Nobody seems to be able to break $200k TC so far... :(

If getting to FAANG is my life goal, which one would be a good stepping stone?

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TOP 46 Comments
  • New / Eng poRd04
    Getting to faang as a life goal is laughable. Pick better life goals.
    Aug 26, 2018 8
    • New / Legal
      el tío

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      el tíomore
      I think you were supposed to say GTFO... “get out of here with your basic bitch middle class values” is too much typing...
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Amazon ICCs84
      At least he is pursuing his goals
      Aug 26, 2018
    • New / Eng poRd04
      Every dumbass pursues their goal in their opinion, doesn't justify the goal
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Amazon ICCs84
      Depending on the metrics he is using to evaluate his life, any goal is justifiable
      Aug 26, 2018
    • New / Eng poRd04
      Then the metric should be justifyable.
      Aug 26, 2018
  • Apple Google L7
    90% of folks on blind would love to get into a fang. Don’t let the assholes here deter you. Just leetcode more and be better prepared and you will make it
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Lazard fin/tech
    no shiet, breaking $200k as a wage earner is only possible at top companies or in management at non-top companies
    Aug 26, 2018 6
    • Lazard fin/tech
      gonna call bs, there is no way you are at a non-top company or a top paying section of a non-top company
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Amazon Rod11
      Lol 2 years at 270k? Y ur nick says msft?
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Oracle indyjones
      Microsoft: how much is your base salary? In a bad year, everything else disappears - hell, even base might!
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Microsoft newcar
      170k base, 400k rsu vested over 4 years.

      @amazon, bitch please read the comment, I clearly stated I don't work at Microsoft anymore rofl. So fucking salty. And if I were still there, with that stock appreciation and the recent stock grant I will still be at 210k TC
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Amazon Rod11
      Sure bitch, i didnt read it coz u edited to include that later. Im rofl on how ppl troll with exaggerated salaries when they probably make half of that
      Sep 25, 2018
  • New / Eng poRd04
    Bloomberg seems to have more interesting ML going on.
    Aug 26, 2018 1
    • Citadel / Other Punter
      Lol
      Aug 26, 2018
  • Apple / Eng ekcidjbf
    Expedia, SAS, and Bloomberg from this list. IMO.
    Aug 26, 2018 2
  • New / Eng LouisLitt
    Bloomberg
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Vistaprint / Eng 🤢gal
    Getting into FAANG is not a laughable life goal. Keep trying and doing your thing, OP.
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Wayfair WNEm45
    Wayfair only if you like Boston. I'd stay West coast, specifically SF. More opportunities to jump ship.
    Sep 28, 2018 4
    • State Farm / Eng 599
      I got contacted for Wayfair’s Labs program but read that they fired a lot of people after a few months. Any truth to that?
      Oct 2, 2018
    • Wayfair WNEm45
      I've heard that in the past too. I think the program had gotten a lot better recently but I would consider it as an extended 90 day trial period. Hopefully the pay makes it work the risk.
      Oct 3, 2018
    • Wayfair vuJw45
      Don’t waste your time with Wayfair, it’s a churn and burn shop.
      Oct 7, 2018
    • State Farm / Eng 599
      Noted. This was last year and after I read Glassdoor comments about the Lab program, I chose to discontinue talks with the recruiter.
      Oct 7, 2018
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab rahjh
    OP
    I made a mistake and had Amazon/MSFT as my first serious interview. Flopped that... So now left with non FAANG interviews.
    Aug 26, 2018 3
    • Amazon Rod11
      So u just tried once at msft and amzn and already made ur mind that u cant make it?
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Pacific Northwest National Lab rahjh
      OP
      No of course not. I'll keep trying. Just planning out some hypothetical scenarios.
      Aug 26, 2018
    • Microsoft Frunk
      Don’t worry , it’s all about not just prep , luck plays a big role too. Remember there are many great companies out there - don’t obsess on what others are obsessing on , because your talent is what can bring up a company and that will put you on a faster growth track.
      Aug 26, 2018
  • Microsoft Wanna be
    Tableau seems good. I know a few ex-coworkers are happy there.
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Invesco / Data datajockey
    I worked for AIG and they are very focused on execution. Good projects get funded and I worked on some really interesting things while there. Bad part is politics because, largest insurer in the world. I was also mentored and had plenty of advocacy. Top performers do get rewarded but the bonus structure also depends on company performance Their cash cow is VALIC. The trailer park of AIG. Never accept an offer in that business unit. Merit raises are not common. Everything is tied to bonus or promotion. Pay grade 21 is where you want to be at a minimum. 20 will do but you will have to prove yourself. A lot. Hope this helps.
    Sep 24, 2018 0
  • Microsoft qqxS28
    I've heard that SAS employees are really happy. Don't know how interesting their ML work would be, maybe Bloomberg or Expedia for that front.
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Glowforge / Eng
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    I’d choose Chase or Bloomberg op!

    Your goal to work at FAANG is great and one of these institutions could be a stepping stone to getting you there. Don’t give up. Good luck!
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Frunk
    Bloomberg
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab rahjh
    OP
    Thanks for all the encouragement. Will keep trying for FANG but in the meantime, need to work somewhere too lol.

    Also if anyone has good recommendations of non FAANG companies, i.e. decent TC and can learn similar experience please let me know. Thanks!
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Indeed / Eng MmmmmMango
    Indeed maybe we got a lot of data to use for training lot of opportunity to succeed
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Apple Toner
    If your work experience at PNNL and other places doing DS is more on the research side, choose a job that has the biggest business impact and associated learning experiences. Those things should play well for getting you in the door on the next round.
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Amazon Yahbsyshsh
    DS in fang here. Go with expedia or wayfair
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • New / Legal
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    el tíomore
    👆🏼this...
    Aug 26, 2018 0
  • Amazon Rod11
    How many times u interviewed at faang?
    Aug 26, 2018 0