Career move (FANG now? OR after 2 - 3 of experience) ?

Deloitte VOxs12
Jun 15 27 Comments

Studied CS and have 1 year of web application development experience.

Is it better to have 2 - 3 years of experience doing software development (React, Node, Docker, AWS, TypeScript, Unit tests, etc) at a smaller company and then move to FANG? I will be working at a smaller sized tech company where I will have more opportunity to have more responsibilities. ~140k base SF.

Or

Should I jump ship to big tech companies as an entry level software engineer?

I have seen many people here who worked 2 - 3 years at smaller/mide-sized firms and jump ship to FANG and receive big TC. I also think that at a smaller tech company I will have opportunities to learn what software architects do (CI/CD, security etc) - where I feel as a entry level engineer at a big company I don't get to work on big picture stuff as quickly.

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  • Google nrvD43
    Move ASAP, joining earlier is better for FAANG. Growing internally is way faster than externally.
    Jun 15 5
    • Bloomberg / Eng
      YUNOSlayer

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      YUNOSlayermore
      Bollocks.
      Jun 15
    • Google nrvD43
      Talking about levels. You can possibly get to L5 in 4 years if you start at Google, but good luck clearing L5 interview if you can even get it with 4 YOE.
      Jun 15
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      YUNOSlayer

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      YUNOSlayermore
      Drunk on coolaid, let’s talk about L6+
      Jun 15
    • Deloitte VOxs12
      OP
      Not really familiar with levels at google - does this depend on your total number of experience ?
      Jun 15
    • Google nrvD43
      @yunoslayer It's the same for L6... you are NOT getting L6 interview loop with only 6-8 YOE but I've seen people hit L6 with 6-8 YOE internally.

      @voxs12 kind of? it's hard if not impossible to land interview loops for certain levels without x YOE. This limitation is obviously irrelevant for internal employees going for promo.
      Jun 15
  • IBM nanii
    Move ASAP.
    Jun 15 1
    • Deloitte VOxs12
      OP
      Can I ask your reasons against spending a few years at smaller tech companies doing more diverse learning? Is it the name value of FANG that may impact me in my next job search? Or do people not see their bullet points under the company name?
      Jun 15
  • Bloomberg / Eng
    YUNOSlayer

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    YUNOSlayermore
    Get more experience, move to FANG at higher level
    Jun 15 2
    • Google JqBx48
      😂🤣 FANG isn't going to take you at a higher level. You gotta start at the bottom like every other CTO of startups.
      Jun 15
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      YUNOSlayer

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      YUNOSlayermore
      So you think all Google L6+ started at Google? 😂
      Jun 15
  • Gap / Eng randUser
    Jump ship ASAP homie.

    Who does a recruiter want more? Someone who spent 5 years at a small company or someone who spent 1 year at a small company and 4 years at FANG?

    Job hopping is normal in this industry. Get that bread while you can
    Jun 15 10
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      YUNOSlayer

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      @Gap that’s exactly the size of company you should target early in your career!
      Jun 15
    • Gap / Eng randUser
      Okay fair but outside the west coast some of those companies are very bad. old tech stack and life timers who aren't really good engineers. FANG is just... A safer bet
      Jun 15
    • Bloomberg / Eng
      YUNOSlayer

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      YUNOSlayermore
      Not true, at almost all small companies you will have much more room to grow, and it’s not just about tech, it’s everything, you’ll have many more hats to wear. At FANG all the hard work has been done by much more experienced people and you’ll just be doing stuff at your pay grade, so overall growth will be slower. There are many people here who are at FANG complaining of exactly this.
      Jun 16
    • Gap / Eng randUser
      have you worked outside of NYC/Seattle/SF?
      Jun 16
    • Bloomberg / Eng
      YUNOSlayer

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      YUNOSlayermore
      Yes.
      Jun 16
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    djtmrp20more
    They may not value your 2-3 yr exp at small company as much as your interview coding performance. LC experience is what matters. When you think you're ready to at least not get walked out half way through the interview, go for it.
    Jun 15 0
  • Microsoft clBY20
    The experience you get at FANG will be much better, don’t just think about technical skills. You need leadership skills which will be hard to get that experience in startups.
    Jun 15 3
    • Deloitte VOxs12
      OP
      I worked at a startup after my junior year and I had to (kind of) lead the front end engineering team due to my strong experience in React. It was a very small startup (~10 people). I am good at networking and paving the way to get what I want (e.g leadership position). How long does it take for one to kind of take on more responsibilities at FANG? In a big company, isn’t it hard to get leadership skills ?
      Jun 15
    • Microsoft clBY20
      It’s actually much easier in big companies as there are a lot of engineers, especially entry level and interns, which will give you good experience. Also leadership is learnt by seeing others leading, everyone has their own styles, some are good some are bad. You learn that a lot in a big company as you will interact with so many teams, sometimes to solve a trivial problem, which will take a day to do in a startup but will take a month in FANG.
      Jun 15
    • Deloitte VOxs12
      OP
      Ah yes you have a point.
      Jun 15

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