Decline Google on-site?

Microsoft bl1nk
May 26 25 Comments

I was skipped past phone interview directly to on site. I believe this is because of my experience in Azure and expressed interest in GCP. I've read on blind that phone interviews are harder now than on-site, not sure if this is the case with Google as well.

I recently failed Uber phone interview and don't want to leave a bad impression at Google. I may want to work there in the future just not right now. And I'm not motivated at all to study up.

Just received an offer from AWS for 300k in a low COL city with a great team and manager that I'm thinking I'll accept. Current TC is 275k 11 yoe in Seattle and hate it here. Pretty sure Google won't offer better with COL adjustment in Bay area, and not really excited to move there.

Should I go for the experience? I don't think I'll get an offer or one that I'll like. Or should I respectfully decline?

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TOP 25 Comments
  • MailChimp rWlC43
    Same thing happened to me. Had a great offer already, but thought, what the hell might as well interview for the experience. Ended up bombing the interview, but I got a free lunch out of it
    May 26 3
    • Microsoft bl1nk
      OP
      How do you think this will impact your future applications to that company?
      May 26
    • Amazon yacht 🛥
      Wait a year, go through interview again. I think your interview performance is reflected in the future thought if you bomb 3 times than that can impact future possibility
      May 27
    • Amazon / Eng utu
      You don’t wanna fail G 3 times or you can’t interview for the same role.
      Jun 27
  • Microsoft TonyStark♡
    If you are going to accept Amazon then no need of giving Google.
    If you think you are in form to crack Google, give interview and get the offer. Even if you reject, in future it will definitely help to go back.
    May 26 1
    • Microsoft bl1nk
      OP
      I've already confirmed on site date but haven't scheduled travel. I was leaning towards declining as well as the most respectful way to proceed
      May 26
  • Intel BOBBY_AXE
    $300k for AWS in a place like Austin with a great team and manager will likely be near impossible for Google to match, especially with COL. There is nothing wrong with simply being happy with that offer, accepting it, and reconsidering Google down the line. Send a nice note to recruiter and say thanks but I made a decision and don't want to waste anyone's time. Go do the interview if you want, but why waste the time and who knows what happens if you bomb it. The only sure/safe thing to do is skip it, if you plan to take AWS. IMO...
    May 26 2
    • Microsoft bl1nk
      OP
      Thanks, this really helped
      May 26
    • Athenahealth jRfJ36
      Google has its own office in Austin. AWS may have more interesting projects, though.
      May 26
  • I hope not, my phone screen was easy af and I want to earn this shit.
    May 26 1
    • Glassdoor yazu
      Watch out, we got a badass here
      May 26
  • Fidessa qoru
    If you plan to interview with Google at some point in the future it may be good to do it now to get a feel for their process so you're better prepared in the future. And you never know - maybe they will like you enough to offer something better than Amazon!
    May 26 0
  • Microsoft mqzpnexo
    I’m in the opposite situation. I did on-site with google and I think I did well. I have on-site at AWS coming up. I’ll go through with it and go with my gut if I get offers. Definitely will take advantage of the fact that I’m talking to both and will let both know about it in order to secure the best TC.
    May 26 0
  • Dell LUHV04
    Can anyone comment on - phone interviews have become harder ?
    May 26 2
    • I doubt it. I’ll tell you in two weeks
      May 26
    • Oracle bassprosho
      Everything has gotten harder due to prep sites being more well known. It's a rat race like careers in general.
      May 26
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Cannabis
    Amazon Location
    May 26 2
    • Microsoft bl1nk
      OP
      Prefer not to say :)
      May 26
    • Microsoft bYS8nEdO2
      Virginia perhaps..
      May 26
  • Dropbox drl/
    Do the Google interview. Kick ass.
    May 26 0
  • Oracle Flatlinerz
    Paid holiday, why not
    May 26 2
    • Microsoft bl1nk
      OP
      Thing is I'm assuming they have high hopes in terms of performance and ability to obtain offer if they decided to skip me past phone interview. I don't want it to reflect too bad on future apps
      May 26
    • New / Eng
      TechLeed

      New Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      TechLeedmore
      The worst case is you'll just go through the phone interview
      May 26
  • Microsoft no-sql
    11 yoe.. all 11 years in msft? 275k is very high. What is your split and level?
    May 26 0
  • Microsoft cYuG11
    Your current level at MS? 275k at MS is great
    May 26 0

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