Finally hard work pays off after lots of interview

ViaSat ahsuendb
Apr 8 73 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 73 Comments
  • New / Engmeat🥩
    150K in Austin is great. Much better than 200K in SF. Also, no state tax in TX.
    Apr 82
    • Riot Games
      ifbx7474

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

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      Accenture
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      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 IOlOl0
    Happy wife happy life
    Apr 80
  • 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 81
    • Hortonworks / Eng
      DonQuixote

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      DonQuixotemore
      Agreed, your wife need ur support at this time so try and negotiate remote work opportunity
      Apr 9
  • Google / Enghooli.xyz
    Flying from SFO -> AUS every week is crazy! Why are people even recommending the Uber offer?
    Apr 82
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Yeah...it is...
      Apr 8
    • Google / Enghooli.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 91
    • Cerner / Engwhatwasth
      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 80
  • Apple / Ops
    freshmoney

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    freshmoneymore
    Dude stay in Texas. Trust me SF is over rated and the 25% increase isn’t worth it
    Apr 80
  • Zillow Group Croissants
    Wife>$
    Apr 80
  • 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 84
    • Google / Enghooli.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 80
  • Google / Product4pmCoffee
    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 82
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Thanks man! Just curious: So you’re saying Indeed is not enough to get FB Google’s attention?
      Apr 8
    • Google / Product4pmCoffee
      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 82
    • Goldman Sachs nahidegi
      I think it means online assessment
      Apr 8
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Just edited.
      Apr 8
  • 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 81
  • Microsoft / EngQVHB25
    What happened with the amazon interview what kind of questions did they ask? What were you applying for?
    Apr 83
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      SWE. They asked LPs and LC.
      Apr 8
    • Cerner / Engwhatwasth
      LC-leetcode
      LP-?
      Apr 8
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Leadership principle. Google that, Amazon specific stuff.
      Apr 8
  • SAP / Eng
    isudjuayu

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    isudjuayumore
    What school did u go to ?
    Apr 82
  • 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 91
    • Uber
      Thumper

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      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 81
    • 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 100
  • Microsoft DeadPoool
    How do get rejected from HA
    Apr 80
  • Intel QuasWExort
    Isn't SRE title with Indeed an issue while H1 transfer?
    Also, isn't SRE title kinda looked down upon in general?
    Apr 135
    • ViaSat ahseundb
      Why would that be an issue? Not sure about SRE in Intel but SRE in Indeed mostly do software stuffs and are well respected according to multiple Indeed engineers. Indeed SRE are just like Google SRE, real SRE not just renaming system engineer or devops.
      Apr 14
    • Intel QuasWExort
      Not at Intel anymore. But regarding SRE, that's the general attitude I get from folks here in Blind / cscareerquesions subreddit and among my SWE friends. Maybe I might be wrong / biased.

      Anyway, all the best in your decision!
      Apr 14
    • ViaSat ahseundb
      So your saying intel has issues doing h1b transfer for SRE?
      Apr 14
    • ViaSat ahseundb
      Also, I get why they are looked down upon because a lot of companies are doing SRE wrong, like Microsoft: they are basically just renaming devops and system engineer but on the other hand Google SRE are well respected because they are using software techniques to tackle problems.
      Apr 14
    • Intel QuasWExort
      Make sense. Regarding h1 transfer, I am just wondering if the difference in title will have an issue with transfer. Again, all this is just speculation.
      Apr 14
  • Cerner hbmh1$57
    Congrats. I would go with Indeed, thus support your wife while earning better pay.

    Curious about 1.5 hr drive, can you please elaborate?
    Apr 82
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Driving back to where my wife is doing her residency.
      Apr 8
    • TI IOlOl0
      1.5hr drive is way easier than getting to airport + 5hr flight time + rent in SF. Is remote work a couple days a week possible for either offer?
      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 82
    • 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
  • EMC valier
    Congrats! Just out of curiosity, did you get SWE offer in Austin or SRE only for now?
    Apr 81
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Only SRE but there SRE is pretty much SWE-SRE. You would be working with the SWE directly on scaling and other stuffs.
      Apr 8
  • Cisco tutus
    How often you faced DP questions?
    Apr 81
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      None but I did prep for those.
      Apr 8
  • Two Sigma iufA74
    100% Indeed. Commuting every week will take a toll on your body, not to mention the strain on your relationship
    Apr 81
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Yeah. I think Indeed is a better choice. Also it’s a pity that I couldn’t get an offer for Two Sigma, really liked your company.
      Apr 8
  • Netflix Momosa
    Congrats! Stay close to family - Indeed! Btw what’s the insane part about Two Sigma pay? Since you mentioned it :)
    Apr 81
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      They pay really good and are cash heavy. Also are the developers are super smart. At least my interviewers were.
      Apr 8
  • Goldman Sachs nahidegi
    How were coding rounds at Uber?
    Apr 81
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Got mediums and hard.
      Apr 8
  • Facebook / EngyObo55
    How long did you spend from beginning to prepare until now?
    Apr 81
    • ViaSat ahsuendb
      OP
      Started November and really started to interview January. So the first few interviews last year was a disaster...
      Apr 8
  • Microsoft blind1186
    Congratulations!! Glad to read that your hard work paid off.
    Apr 170
  • Amazon mzyQ25
    Congrats
    Apr 90
  • American Express zm26
    Can you share the Indeed Austin breakup?
    Apr 90
  • Databricks xPIc54
    Congrats!
    Apr 80
  • HCL / IT
    XYRg64

    HCLIT

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    XYRg64more
    Congrats
    Apr 80
  • FactSet QAiE55
    Can you share some tips / links for system design interview?
    Apr 80
  • Zillow Group Croissants
    Can you talk about your indeed offer? All cash?
    Apr 80
  • Avanade / Consultant
    praprodal

    AvanadeConsultant

    BIO
    Senior software engineer
    praprodalmore
    Congratulations
    Apr 80

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