Down-leveled to SWE Linkedin, and no headcount

eBay / Eng xlololx
Jun 10 17 Comments

Hi all,

I passed the interviews at Linkedin, but got down-leveled from Senior SWE to SWE, they said I am on the borderline. As a result, there is limited headcount for SWE at the moment so no offer yet until there are headcount. I have 2 questions here:
1. What is the max TC can be for SWE? If it’s true that I am on the borderline, should I expect a close to the top band TC and fight for promotion in 1 year? Is promotion in 1 year common for Linkedin?
2. If not, I am thinking of asking for an additional interview for clearing the borderline, is this practice common with Linkedin also? I know FG do this a lot.

YOE 5, 1.5 in the US
Tc 180

Thanks

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TOP 17 Comments
  • Microsoft / Mgmt Dunph
    I thought LinkedIn gives away senior and staff like candy
    Jun 10 3
    • LinkedIn / Eng Tkzx23
      Lmao you have no idea what youre talking about
      Jun 10
    • Google nrvD43
      Not staff, but their senior is often times equivalent to sde2 as that's literally their title for sde2.
      Jun 10
    • eBay / Eng xlololx
      OP
      yeah kinda a bit disappointed that I didn’t get it too, my interviewer at the design interview did not seem to be very happy, I did excel other interviews but still couldn’t fix that
      Jun 10
  • LinkedIn jhfcg
    With 1.5 yoe in US, you are leveled correctly. I have seen people with 7-8yoe joining as senior swe. LinkedIn no more gives titles easily. Those days are long gone.
    Jun 10 4
    • LinkedIn ctheg
      Internally it is still quite easy. There are staff on my team with 4 yoe
      Jun 11
    • LinkedIn jhfcg
      You might be in some tools org or something. In AI and infra you have to sweat your balls to get staff.
      Jun 11
    • LinkedIn ctheg
      Naw backend. Yes those orgs follow a much stricter promo path
      Jun 11
    • LinkedIn Nextslay
      I know someone who got to Staff in 4 years in data infra. And this person is damn smart and worked his ass off.
      Jun 11
  • Google / Eng
    cracha

    Google Eng

    PRE
    Microsoft
    crachamore
    LinkedIn has something called "must-hire bar" for SWE engineers. They put this bar in place only sometimes (when they have low openings for entry level engineers). Must-hire bar means that the SWE candidate must be exceptional! - Basically some hiring manager in theory should be able to take this candidate to fill a Sr. SWE (or above) position.

    So Sr. SWE candidates who are down leveled to SWE by hiring committee by-definition don't meet the must-hire bar. You could ask for additional onsite interviews but they may not help here

    My advice is to keep pinging the recruiter every 3 months or so (if they don't ping you already). If the must-hire bar is not in effect, they'll proceed with the offer process for you.
    (There are many candidates stuck in this state, that's why proactively reaching out to the recruiter helps).
    Jun 10 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    tc800

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Apple
    tc800more
    this happened to me.OP move on, they won’t offer you any thing. Linkedin is a second line company
    Jun 12 3
    • Salesforce DREAMkid
      Salty? Did you get down leveled as well. The last time I heard LinkedIn has better culture than Amazon and I'd take LinkedIn anyday over Amazon
      Jun 19
    • Amazon / Eng
      tc800

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Apple
      tc800more
      yes, I got down level at linkedin. the funniest thing is that I got up leveled in amazon. And they offer me different teams in seattle and bay area
      Jun 20
    • Salesforce DREAMkid
      No wonder cuz people are leaving amazon. Someone's gotta make bezos tich
      Jun 20
  • LinkedIn youNme
    Your plan 1 is good and you can get promoted in 1 year. And yes, you should expect top of the band. Your plan 2 is unrealistic in my opinion.
    Jun 10 2
    • eBay / Eng xlololx
      OP
      Thanks for the input. Do you have the TC range for swe? I checked levels fyi, seems like 200-220k is common, saw one entry of 260k but not sure this outliner is accurate or not
      Jun 10
    • LinkedIn youNme
      220 is about right. Make sure you get exceed rating your first review if you want to get promoted quickly.
      Jun 10

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