Cruise offer related questions

National Instruments / Eng Ketchak
Sep 21 19 Comments

Appeared for an onsite on Tuesday and received verbal offer from recruiter on Wednesday. I didn't do well in a system design round so got down leveled to software engineer (applied for senior software engineer role). I'm a staff software engineer at NI. I have following questions :

1) What is the typical experience in years for a software engineer in cruise and a senior software engineer ? I have 5 years of experience so is it okay if I try to negotiate for a senior software engineer role ?

2) I was told that the compensation range for software engineer is around 150 - 200k (cash compensation), additionally RSU + relocation bonus. Any advice on compensation range (base + bonus + RSU) that I should target for ?

3) Since I will be joining Embedded systems group. So any feedback about the team, their culture, work life balance etc ?

TC : 95K in Austin.
YOE : 5 years ( 3 in US)

Yet to get the final offer from Cruise

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  • Roku cruella
    If they say range "150 - 200k base" ur negotiating starting point is 200 for base.

    Just like when u give a range of 130-170. They always offer u 130.

    What's NI btw?
    Sep 21 4
    • National Instruments / Eng Ketchak
      OP
      National Instruments.
      Sep 21
    • Roku cruella
      Okay. Sorry I don't know exactly about cruise. But can give u general negotiating tips
      Sep 21
    • National Instruments / Eng Ketchak
      OP
      Are you based in San Francisco ? What does a typical base salary looks like there ? Is 200k base decent
      Sep 21
    • Roku cruella
      It's decent for sure. Better than decent for 5 YoE if u don't skew with faang data.

      Yes I am in sf or close enough.
      Sep 21
  • Tesla lambdaq
    My offer was 185 base, 65 bonus and 65 RSUs a year for a Sr role. Sign on was 15k
    Sep 21 9
    • LG lzml
      @google they are a private company again. GM is partial owner.
      Sep 21
    • National Instruments / Eng Ketchak
      OP
      @cruisers : Anyone from cruise willing to answer my questions ?
      Sep 21
    • Cruise Automation / Eng โ›ธ๏ธ
      I can. Just ask here
      Sep 22
    • National Instruments / Eng Ketchak
      OP
      How is the embedded systems group ? How is the work life balance ?
      Sep 22
    • Aptiv Younever
      Any how is the algorithm team in Cruise?
      Oct 2
  • Cruise Automation hqudy651
    Of course it's okay if you try to negotiate for a senior role. The worst that could happen is the recruiter says it's not possible.

    If the recruiter gave you numbers for base range before you gave an expected or desired number, hoooo boy. I'd say "I think 200 is a good starting point" in response.

    AFAIK our relo program was cancelled a few months ago, but if you get it in writing then ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    I'm not on embedded systems, but the SRE team seems to be fine (I'm relatively new)

    And yes, to anybody who's wondering, we get Cruise RSUs (which are paper money). GM is a majority stakeholder but Cruise has been privately owned since the Honda and SoftBank investments.
    Sep 21 0
  • Google m6r4
    Wow NI comp is bad. "No income" is not a joke
    Sep 22 0
  • Google ShakeBake
    Interesting Cruise doesnโ€™t give GM rsus.
    Sep 21 0
  • Microsoft bananapeel
    NI = National instruments I guess.

    I know someone who had 3 years of experience and they could negotiate for a senior software engineer role. I can't speak for embedded systems/ hardware though.
    Sep 21 0

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