Finally hard work pays off after lots of interview

ViaSat ahsuendb
Apr 8 75 Comments

Hi Blinders,
After applying to almost a hundred companies (Austin/Bay Area), here are my results from last November till today. I know this is nothing compared to Blinders, but still wanted to share and let every one know that don't give up!!

14 Phone Screen -> 8 Technical Phone Screen -> 4 Onsites -> 2 Offers

Onsites
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Uber (Offer)
Indeed (Offer)
Some Startup(Offer)
Apple (Rejected, got an onsite but was canceled by the team last minute, really bad experience)
Two Sigma (Rejected, bombed one round. Their pay is insane though)
Amazon (Rejected, I think I was rejected by a junior developer who asked me a super HARD question even though I got through optimally for his first two questions)

Technical Phone Interviews
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Apple, Amazon, Uber, Indeed, Two Sigma (Moved on to onsite)
Adobe (Rejected I guess? Recruiter did not reply and I didn't care)
Google (Rejected, the interviewer was really bad, did not want to talk to me, did not want to answer any clarifying question I asked)
Realtor (Rejected, first phone interview, I sucked big time that time)

HR Phone Screen
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Black Locus (Rejected after talking with HR)
LinkedIn(Referred, no one contacted me),
Yelp (OA Rejected),
Microsoft (OA Rejected)
RetailMeNot (Rejected no HC)
Facebook (Rejected no HC)

OA=online assessment
HC=Head count

Notes:
2.5 YOE, 95k somewhere in Texas. Did 200ish Leetcode, Grokking the System Design, a lot of Youtube system design conference video. Did fullstack during work.

Also what offer would you consider?
Indeed SRE Austin (140~150TC)
Uber SWE SF (190~200TC)
Also, considering my wife is in Texas doing here medical residency here, so she wouldn't be able to relocate with me. So I would either be driving a 1.5hr back home or taking a 5hr flight home ($1600/month) every week.

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TOP 75 Comments
  • New / Eng meat🥩
    150K in Austin is great. Much better than 200K in SF. Also, no state tax in TX.
    Apr 8 2
    • Riot Games
      ifbx7474

      Riot Games

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      Riot Games
      ifbx7474more
      Austin is great. You can always work from home on a shitty day, flying weekly is hot garbage
      Apr 8
    • Hortonworks / Eng
      DonQuixote

      Hortonworks Eng

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      Accenture
      BIO
      In Bay Area
      DonQuixotemore
      It’s not about saving money it’s about what work he gets to do at Uber vs SRE at indeed
      Apr 9
  • TI / Product IOlOl0
    Happy wife happy life
    Apr 8 0
  • DigitalOcean TC TC
    First of all, congrats!

    I'd definitely pick Indeed. Residency can be rough, I wouldn't want to miss out being there to emotionally support the wife.
    Apr 8 1
    • Hortonworks / Eng
      DonQuixote

      Hortonworks Eng

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      Accenture
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      In Bay Area
      DonQuixotemore
      Agreed, your wife need ur support at this time so try and negotiate remote work opportunity
      Apr 9
  • Google / Eng hooli.xyz
    Flying from SFO -> AUS every week is crazy! Why are people even recommending the Uber offer?
    Apr 8 2
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Yeah...it is...
      Apr 8
    • Google / Eng hooli.xyz
      You should definitely pick Indeed. That’s a pretty good offer for Austin.
      Apr 8
  • Microchip nqqh55
    Congrats OP! If you want your marriage to last, do Indeed. Medical residencies are hard enough on marriages as it is.

    WTF is up with all these voter pimping Uber? I doubt you will see a penny of the extra 50k TC after CA taxes, SF rents, commuting to AUS, etc. etc., and you'll have a far shittier WLB.

    You proved once that you can make it in the SFBA. Give it 2 years, and you'll make it again.
    Apr 9 1
    • Cerner / Eng whatwasth
      Reason for my vote to uber
      Uber > indeed
      Uber SWE >>>> indeed SRE
      OP can work for a year or so and move to austin indeed or whatever company
      Apr 9
  • New dclXa
    You'll have a great life in Austin with $150k, especially if your wife is a doctor/nurse as well. I think the traveling might put too much pressure on your marriage.
    Apr 8 0
  • Zillow Group Croissants
    Wife>$
    Apr 8 0
  • Apple / Ops
    freshmoney

    Apple Ops

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    freshmoneymore
    Dude stay in Texas. Trust me SF is over rated and the 25% increase isn’t worth it
    Apr 8 0
  • LinkedIn ex-fb
    Why do you need to be with wife every week? Alternate week is good enough.

    And btw that your wife is going to be a doc while you’re a mere swe, ever make you regret your career choice?
    Apr 8 4
    • Google / Eng hooli.xyz
      Why would there be any relation between his wife’s occupation and whether he regrets being a SWE or not?
      Apr 8
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Because I love my wife and why would I regret being a swe? We love each other, doesn’t matter if she makes more than me or not in the future.
      Apr 8
    • LinkedIn ex-fb
      I didn’t mean it monetarily, OP would make more if at FANG.
      But when someone close to you has a much cooler career, it’s reasonable to make one wish —even very slightly— for a better career.
      Apr 8
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Don’t understand what you mean🤔
      Apr 8
  • Oracle not_larry
    Indeed. No brainer. Open and shut. Congrats.
    Apr 8 0
  • Google / Product 4pmCoffee
    Congratulations👏🏻👏🏻1. Option to consider is trying Uber for a year and re-interview with Uber SWE on resume for G/F in Austin. Indeed could well be interested even at a year mark. Ask what your wife thinks of course! 😄
    Apr 8 2
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Thanks man! Just curious: So you’re saying Indeed is not enough to get FB Google’s attention?
      Apr 8
    • Google / Product 4pmCoffee
      IMHO, UBER SWE > Indeed SWE..but UBER SWE >> Indeed SRE in terms of resume value alone if you want to target G/F SWE.
      Apr 8
  • Amazon rnc6eb
    What does 'oa rejected' mean?

    Also, go Austin.
    Apr 8 2
    • Goldman Sachs nahidegi
      I think it means online assessment
      Apr 8
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Just edited.
      Apr 8
  • ViaSat ahsuendb
    OP
    Is Indeed a good brand name? I know Uber is really good but not sure how Indeed compares to it.
    Apr 8 2
    • Cerner hbmh1$57
      Uber is definitely better brand name than Indeed.

      Do you just care about TC or would like to keep balance life and support wife.

      FYI, once she completes Residency she is easily making $280k+ and if rural areas $340k+
      Apr 8
    • Indeed is kind of known as the place FANG engineers go when they have kids for the WLB.
      Apr 10
  • Epsilon coldbeer
    OP, first of all congrats! Thats quite an achievement. And, you should be chosing what's best for your career. I am in the same boat as yours and moving to Austin soon to be with my wife. Indeed is a great comp and i have heard nothing but good about it. They have cool culture and one of the offices is located right in the heart of downtown Austin. All the best bud!
    Apr 8 1
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Thanks for the info!
      Apr 8
  • Microsoft / Eng QVHB25
    What happened with the amazon interview what kind of questions did they ask? What were you applying for?
    Apr 8 3
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      SWE. They asked LPs and LC.
      Apr 8
    • Cerner / Eng whatwasth
      LC-leetcode
      LP-?
      Apr 8
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Leadership principle. Google that, Amazon specific stuff.
      Apr 8
  • SAP / Eng
    isudjuayu

    SAP Eng

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    isudjuayumore
    What school did u go to ?
    Apr 8 2
    • New / Eng meat🥩
      Podunk Community College
      Apr 8
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Does it matter?
      Apr 8
  • Accenture IcKi23
    when i did a contract job at uber in sf people were getting in at 8am and the office was still packed at 7pm. enough said. take the tx job.
    Apr 9 1
    • Uber
      Thumper

      Uber

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      Google
      Thumpermore
      Folks are definitely around after six. I don't see too many getting in before 9:45 AM though.
      Apr 9
  • Microsoft DeadPoool
    *HR
    Apr 8 1
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Called back and said that the company was not interest in me anymore😞
      Apr 8
  • Cognizant jha kaash
    Are you on visa ? I am myself searching and the best offers just go away when they come to know that will have to sponsor h1b 😔
    Apr 10 0
  • Microsoft DeadPoool
    How do get rejected from HA
    Apr 8 0

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