My offer from Microsoft stated a Sr. SDE with no mention of level. After I joined I noticed the internal HR site says SDE II on level 62. Didn’t care much since my address book title showing as Sr. SDE . Now, they changed my title and it’s showing SDE II which is not what I signed for. I spoke to my managers but they are telling me it’s just aligning levels with title. What should I do?
- Capital One 2051682841Quit worrying about it. No one really gives a shit about internal titles. Just keep your LinkedIn updated and say you were doing the work.
- Zulily blgb55Just put senior SDE on your resume and start looking for a new job. No one can possibly know what your level is outside MS. If you still have the job posting, offer letter, or recruiter emails make a copy. Execs lie about their academics for decades and no one gives a shit.
- Microsoft YAxp83It doesn’t affect compensation because compensation discussions for the offer are based on the hiring level—62. This happens. Jobs posted in the senior band, but a candidate that shows promise is better suited at a level lower. In the instances I’ve seen this happen, it’s actually better for the candidate. You do great your first year and are more likely to get better rewards and are promoted more quickly for performing at the top of your band than you would in the lower percentile of a senior band. Even though levels aren’t posted externally, recruiting should be more open about this since titles are important to some. But in all reality, you were presented with, and accepted, an offer at 62.