From LinkedIn to Google

LinkedIn / Eng foogler
Feb 4, 2018 29 Comments

How hard is it to make a move from LinkedIn (Senior) to Google (L5)? Does it make a difference to wait until Staff promotion in LinkedIn before applying to Google?

Current total compensation is $300k per annum. How much is reasonable to expect from Google assuming a positive interview?

[asking for a friend 👩‍💻]

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  • Splunk DesiChan
    This asking for a friend need to stop.
    Feb 4, 2018 3
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      😂

      I am my best friend, if that helps.
      Feb 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng kyun
      They say “marry your best friend” 😛
      Feb 4, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      That’s what single people are doing. They are married to themselves.
      Feb 4, 2018
  • LinkedIn Tada!
    I was in the same boat with the same tc as you. They originally put me in L4 but I negotiated and since I had enough years and did good in my interviews they bumped it up to L5 with TC 372k. I negotiated hard and pressed on them using FB counter-offer though.
    Feb 4, 2018 3
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      Good to hear! 👏👏👏

      Did you accept the offer in the end? Also, any tips you can share re: negotiating a higher level?
      Feb 4, 2018
    • Google / Eng
      lena33

      Google Eng

      PRE
      Salesforce
      lena33more
      Facebook offer works like a charm to Google. My husband with the same experience, education got l5 and salary much higher than me ONLY because of FB:)
      Feb 4, 2018
    • LinkedIn Tada!
      Yes. I did. I already left. We'll they asked for my expectations and I gave the recruiter a range from 20% to 30% bump using a different combination of base and stock but I said I am firm on my minimum base. They asked for my fb offer numbers but I didn't give it to them until after they gave me their number. Once they did I told them that they are in the same ballpark except Google had no sign on. So they matched the 50k sign on and I accepted. But funny thing was that they said Google is lower on base and high on stock compared to others but they ended up offering higher base than fb 😆😆 (only a bit higher though) .
      Feb 5, 2018
  • LinkedIn nobody7
    Senior at LinkedIn varies from 1.5 to 15 years experience, not necessarily bloated, just too wide.
    Feb 5, 2018 2
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      Exactly this 👆
      Feb 5, 2018
    • LinkedIn rigatoni
      +1. Seems to vary quite a lot between teams as well
      Feb 8, 2018
  • Uber sbx
    Linkedin has serious title bloat and L4 at Google will be a great outcome, and more realistic.
    Feb 4, 2018 3
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      Totally agree. But it’s not everybody. I know Senior engineers who are really good, and also know Staff engineers who are mediocre.
      Feb 4, 2018
    • Google / Eng
      relus

      Google Eng

      PRE
      Microsoft
      relusmore
      This. Based on multiple data points from my ex colleagues in Microsoft, it was easier to get LinkedIn offer as staff engineer than Google T5. For LinkedIn senior T4 should be the realistic goal.
      Feb 4, 2018
    • Google sigmod
      LinkedIn does not have "title bloat". Its just that every level is very broad. As a result, there is lot of variance in the capabilities of people at a given level. This is further complicated by the fact that promos are done at org level. This increases the variance even more.

      This is true until staff. However, it is extremely difficult to get to senior staff at LinkedIn and even more harder to get to principal staff.

      This is the reason you find principal staff engineers at LinkedIn join as principal level at Google.

      Regarding compensation, a LinkedIn senior can make anywhere from 250 to 400k. Clearly this overlaps with T4 and majority of T5 salaries at Google.

      OP,
      Don't wait for staff promo. It makes little difference in how you are slotted. Just be very clear to your recruiter that you want to be considered.for T5 at Google (and that you are close to being staff at LinkedIn).

      (I moved from Google to LinkedIn about a year ago and have been actively involved in hiring at both companies)
      Feb 20
  • New InKarna
    They usually down level you. LinkedIn Senior bar is lower.
    Feb 4, 2018 2
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      So L4? Or L3?
      Feb 4, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      I agree with the varying aspect.
      Feb 4, 2018
  • Twitter / Eng yp
    Most likely level 4
    Feb 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon RlhD42
    LinkedIn senior is one level above new grad’s entry level right? Isn’t that exactly equal to google T4?
    Feb 4, 2018 2
    • LinkedIn Tada!
      Yes.
      Feb 5, 2018
    • Amazon RlhD42
      So... if google gives op T4 it’s not downleveling op right?
      Feb 5, 2018
  • New / Design
    YABl21

    New Design

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    Upstart
    YABl21more
    Google
    Feb 5, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn Chickendnr
    Tell your friend not to expect much raise at all.
    Feb 4, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      Ok I’ll let him know 😂
      Feb 4, 2018
  • SAP / Eng LeetGod
    How many years of exp do you have?
    Feb 4, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn / Eng foogler
      OP
      7
      Feb 4, 2018
  • Google qtwebkit
    If staff promo is within reach, I'd say go for it first.
    Feb 5, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Xjkahzh
    What does it take to get L7 or L8 at Google?
    Feb 4, 2018 0