Faang vs non-faang

Anthem lyfte!
Feb 15 26 Comments

Let’s say if you have 2 job choices to choose from considering salaries are pretty much same, I.e., BASED ON LOCATION, not same number in all places. Let’s say salary matched to 250k in Bay Area to other places

1. Faang in Bay Area
2. Non-faang or non tier1 in not so expensive places such as Austin, Atlanta, Charlotte, Pittsburgh etc

Do you still choose company over cost of living?

Please specify if there are any special considerations for the option you choose.

Eg : it’s the companies prestige and career scope that faang brings and that’s what I choose

or

I need to get settled and buy a home, which is next to impossible in Bay Area and so I choose non faang in not so expensive cities by sacrificing company reputation.

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  • PayPal GkNQ32q
    Whole FAANG thing is making me vomit
    Feb 15 6
    • PayPal GkNQ32q
      Folks from likes of anthem etc
      Feb 15
    • Anthem lyfte!
      OP
      Interesting
      Feb 15
    • Dropbox / Eng 100k🔗🐼
      It’s really FG. I rarely see Netflix people and Amazon and Apple don’t treat their employees right.
      Feb 16
    • Amazon / Eng tylium
      Facebook employees are treated better? They have a strong pip culture too, and are expected to churn out code like no other. But free food helps the herd mentality.
      Feb 16
    • Dropbox / Eng 100k🔗🐼
      You would not know unless you are there. Free food is awesome. Perks are awesome. AFAIK amazon doesn’t have good perks except bananas, free orca card, and you can bring your dog to work so free daycare.
      Feb 16
  • Amazon Mmmno
    I have kids and stay in the Bay Area because this is the most vibrant and interesting place in the world. As in all things: You get what you pay for!

    And if Amazon told me I had to relocate to Seattle, I’d quit to stay in SF.
    Feb 15 2
    • Uber rnpF82
      The Bay Area is a giant suburb
      Feb 15
    • Uber rnpF82
      “Here kids, let me culture you with an acai bowl and a trip to Whole Foods in my Prius”
      Feb 15
  • New 500k
    If you get into any of FNGs you should be able to buy a house in Bay Area at some point. However your commute may be poor if you want your kids to go to good schools. Or you'll have to shell out 1.7k per child per month.
    I would come here, rent out and do it for a few years and then get back to a more restful place.
    Feb 15 1
    • Google wFatDuck2
      Having experienced both, this is the right answer. Bay until you have a sizable nest egg, move to tier 2 or 3 city.
      Feb 16
  • Splunk lkvq57
    I’m on the consulting side of things. I live in the Midwest and get to work for a company based in the Bay Area. My salary is comparable to what my peers make in more expensive areas and I am able to have acres of land + house + good schools for my kids. I’ve spent a few stints in San Francisco for work and won’t go back regardless of company or title.
    Feb 15 1
    • Verizon / IT Hedin!
      Do they have booze/food/ps4 in Midwest office or its just their SF office thing?
      Feb 15
  • Uber impactful
    Depend on which FAANG
    Feb 15 2
    • Anthem lyfte!
      OP
      Which one you would reject to go for?
      Feb 15
    • AQR eutxoat
      We all know whenever ppl say faang on blind it’s always a non-FNG (usually amazon)
      Feb 15
  • ViaSat 11111110
    I work in Texas and make 95k and the rent of 1b1b is less than $1000 per month but sometimes I still wished I worked in tier one company.
    Feb 15 2
    • Anthem lyfte!
      OP
      Why would you think so? Is it working with smarter people or pay or ??
      Feb 15
    • ViaSat 11111110
      Want to see how the top talented software engineers do their work.
      Feb 15
  • Uber rnpF82
    Why not work for FAANG in a non-bay area office?
    Feb 15 0
  • Facebook public2
    Company, role, and learning opportunity is always far more important. Money is easily acquired, the rest are not.
    Feb 15 0
  • Amazon / Eng Troll Food
    Depends on the direction you want to go. If you plan to grow in bay area staying bay area. Faang or not.
    Feb 15 0
  • PayPal Stilettos
    Total wrong way to think about it from a comp standpoint. The question about relocating to Bay Area is how much you sock away after taxes and expenses. That's where people miss out on the Bay Area. If your Bay Area salary is double what you'd get elsewhere, and your expenses are double, then your savings is double (not quite true because of ridiculously high CA state income tax) but you get the idea.

    So FANG in a heartbeat.
    Feb 17 1
    • Anthem lyfte!
      OP
      So why fang in a heartbeat?
      Feb 17
  • SpaceX / Eng plokjimnb
    I have plenty of money and have a hard time dealing with the slavery of a 9-5 if I'm not excited about the mission. I would be excited to join some interesting research teams at faang but I don't have the academic background they're looking for in those roles. I would rather stay home and play video games than be a general SDE building ad tech shit at fang.
    Feb 15 0