Career path to make >400k ?

Cisco / Consultant ardnold
Dec 15, 2018 30 Comments

I’m a software engineer now, what pivots can I make?

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  • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
    Medical school. These ridiculous compensation packages won’t last forever Given the supply of CS students in the pipeline
    Dec 15, 2018 3
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

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      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      There will be a need for people to tell the fresh grads what to do.
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Citadel Securities wagecuck3
      Bad answer. Physicians are currently overcompensated because their supply is artificially limited. This means their high TC is not guaranteed for the future either. Becoming a very experienced, very skilled software engineer (not someone who competes for the same jobs as new grads) who can add a lot of value is a much safer bet.
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Citibank / Finance $$>RSU
      There is and will continue to Be a shortage of doctors for the foreseeable future. See aging population.
      Dec 15, 2018
  • New Fllj57
    Always stay cognizant of your career trajectory. Are you learning a shit ton and working with really impressive people? If the answers no, move on. Are you building new and different skills instead of just honing existing ones?

    Also, don’t stay at one company too long. Companies don’t reward loyalty. Long term employees are the worst paid employees. If you haven’t seen the kind of TC growth you want, think about changing companies every few years. A change like that usually comes with a nice bump plus you learn a ton from going somewhere new.

    The best thing I did for my career was joining Microsoft out of college. The worst thing I did for my career was staying there more than 3-4 years.
    Dec 15, 2018 1
    • Google / Other
      snidely

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      snidelymore
      Agreed. I stayed at a company for 10 years. Huge mistake.
      Dec 15, 2018
  • Amazon Pipilika
    Work hard.
    Dec 15, 2018 5
    • Google Mmkaay
      Wrong answer!
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Amazon Pipilika
      Well, it is a long route, but worked for me.🙏
      Dec 15, 2018
    • You can work hard as a janitor too.
      People in China work 996.
      So stop parroting these vague truisms, helps no one. A 3 year old can come up with it.
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Amazon Pipilika
      So, you are preaching that one should not work hard (and smart), but achieve wealth through ulterior means? Good going 👍 keep it up champ.
      Dec 16, 2018
    • Sorry if I came off abrasive. I just think that working hard goes without saying (although it might be a surprise that many people don't), so perhaps OP is looking for tips that less socially intelligent people don't realize).
      Dec 16, 2018
  • Facebook / Product
    oooooops

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    oooooopsmore
    Get a job at FANG. $400K as a SWE is very attainable
    Dec 15, 2018 3
    • Cisco / Consultant Obama sux
      I want more
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Microsoft BikeShed
      I want to be where the people are
      Dec 15, 2018
    • PayPal 7STAR
      Wish I could be part of your world
      Dec 15, 2018
  • New / Biz Dev
    HiDBr6g

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    HiDBr6gmore
    Become prostitute for blind incels in Bay.
    Dec 15, 2018 0
  • Compass / Eng
    FUPayMe

    Compass Eng

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    FUPayMemore
    Start your own company
    Dec 15, 2018 1
    • Microsoft PizzaMan
      Honestly this is how you get rich in tech
      Dec 20, 2018
  • McMaster-Carr @FANG
    What's your current TC and YOE?

    Leetcode + sys design interview github + STAR practice can land you a FANG job with 350k or so at level 5. Time needed < 6 months till start date. Wait 3 years at FANG and change jobs to next FANG at 400k
    Dec 15, 2018 3
    • Oracle / Other idunn0
      What is STAR practice?
      Dec 15, 2018
    • Entelo / Eng 3 fiddy
      Situation, Task, Action, Result. It’s basically a model that allows you to tell stories
      Dec 15, 2018
    • McMaster-Carr @FANG
      Yeah it's way to crack the behavioral interviews. Levels that get paid > 400k will probably have behavioral interviews.
      Dec 15, 2018
  • Nielsen / Eng
    userperson

    Nielsen Eng

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    userpersonmore
    Quant. High pressure but can easily make 7 figures in mid twenties.
    Dec 15, 2018 0
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    • LinkedIn Vogy87
      Why not friends but "friends"? Be clear.
      Dec 15, 2018
  • Netflix iflix
    Be part of a company that is growing rapidly and values it's employees. Your TC will grow exponentially. Speaking from personal experience.
    Dec 15, 2018 0
  • Wayfair / Eng didlaser
    Become a eng director.
    Dec 15, 2018 0
  • Apple / Ops no_carrier
    Go into finance.
    Dec 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon Mustafa
    FAANG is easy 400k
    Dec 15, 2018 0
  • Google / Sales atomic3x
    $400K in sales is very doable in FAANG also.
    Dec 15, 2018 0