Exploring google role at L6 but comp seems low.

Disney Nipha
Aug 21 26 Comments

I’ve been talking with google about an L6 role (edit: on the business side). I’m coming from Disney at the executive director level. The google role is lower in title, but that doesn’t concern me if the role and comp are good. And the role seems great but not the comp! i figure 232k/yr based on what HR told me: Base 150k, bonus 20%, equity 200K over four years). Am I wrong that that seems low for google? I have an offer at a smaller company for a VP level role and the TC is a good 100k higher.

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  • New plonkus
    That seems insanely low. Can you get more counter offers? Did you make the mistake of telling them your current comp? My L5 offer was 200k+ higher.
    Aug 21 5
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      I didn’t give them any numbers. Interesting to hear that your L5 was higher, and glad to hear that my instinct seems correct. Did you take the job?
      Aug 21
    • New plonkus
      Yeah, I did. It wasn't my top offer either, but I wanted to try google.
      Aug 21
    • New plonkus
      Just saw you aren't a SWE so none of this applies probably.
      Aug 21
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      So... are you glad you did? 😊
      Aug 21
    • New plonkus
      Just started recently, so we'll see! It'll take a while to know for sure.
      Aug 21
  • Facebook HotChips
    Are you an SWE?
    This is closer to an L4 offer for SWE than L6.
    This isn't Google lowballing - your comp would be completely outside the band for L6 SWE.
    On the other hand, your bonus target (20%) is spot on for L6.

    Also, TC is 230k/year. Where'd you get the extra 2k?
    Aug 21 6
    • Facebook HotChips
      That makes sense. Business TC is lower, most people here will assume SWE unless you mention otherwise.
      If you get base up by 10k, then isn't TC 242K?
      Also, there's usually more negotiating room on RSUs instead of base.
      Aug 21
    • Google topCon
      Oh my Lord, your post had a lot of data points... except the actual ROLE.

      Everyone assumed it's swe, therefore all the similar reactions. Sigh.
      Aug 21
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      So it’s not low for a business role at google?
      Aug 21
    • Google uzaname
      It is low. It looks like mid L5 for business. I would expect at the very least 40-50k TC more
      Aug 21
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      Thanks @uzaname, very good to know!
      Aug 21
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    232K is nothing for Google. A few years after grad can get more in Google.
    Aug 21 0
  • Disney / Eng Innocuous2
    Since you're an executive at Disney, your blue ID badge has an 'E' on the back right? Does that get you anything extra? Lol
    Aug 22 2
    • Disney / Eng Innocuous2
      And what about club 33 access 🤣
      Aug 22
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      Free valet parking at the parks. Steep discount on merch.
      Aug 22
  • Google blindsun
    Are you sure, you are offered L6 ? This is definitely L3 pay.
    Aug 27 1
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      Is that true even if this is a business role?
      Aug 27
  • Google blindsun
    Your offer is insanely low. My friend is joining soon as L6 SWE. His offer is 240 base + 950k RSU + 120k joining bonus. I am L5 and sorry to say your offer is lower than mine which I got a couple of years ago.
    Aug 27 1
  • Apple qcnwo
    Google wont match it unless its FB. This is their new policy starting about 2 yrs ago. Its happening across the board in engineering and probably everywhere else. If the competing offer is from a company that they deem lower (i think they really only respect amzn, fb, apple and ntflx), just forget about it. Just went thru this and there are many posts about it.
    Aug 21 1
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      That’s all very helpful, thank you. I’m not sure it’s wise to take an L6 position. Another Google recruiter told me last year that I should come in at L7, but there was no appropriate role at the time. I don’t think I will even try to negotiate. I may just accept this other job.
      Aug 21
  • Disney club33
    Yup. as an Ed at Disney you should be making more
    Aug 21 1
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      I am making more at Disney. Hoping to get perspective on Google, not Disney.
      Aug 21
  • Disney club33
    Parking at studio lot and gc3? Gym membership reimbursement
    Aug 22 0

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