Embedded Specialist looking to move
Asking for an acquaintance.
He's currently a senior manager at a major hardware (tooling) company, leading a couple teams (and managers). ~4 years there, with almost 20 years before that as an IC (with some lead positions) firmware/embedded software engineer at various places. Basically an expert with C/C++/RTOS/etc, but also semi-modern app development (did a lot of consulting in between). Not much web stuff, though.
He's looking to move, ideally back to an IC role, but without taking a pay cut. Current TC is 190 base and ~60 bonuses (on average), plus a bit of other stuff. Adds up to ~255-260.
Problem is, he's in LA (and not open to relocating), and there aren't too many companies with IC roles that pay that, especially for the kind of experience he has. Google, tiny Facebook office, and Snapchat (though I think Snapchat is a bad bet). Anybody else? How much should he be expecting to learn modern distributed systems architecture (beyond the basic principles) in terms of tech interview prep, and how much does that vary in terms of the level you aim for? I think he'd also be down for a "hands-on" management role if there was a good path to transition to IC down the line.