Just using Google as an example, what does it take to get from L3 to L8 (seems more realistic as the "top" for most ppl than L10)? How much of it is pure technical prowess versus soft skills + management ability? Play politics? What's the path to the top like? Would love input from ppl in other companies as well.
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- Most realistic top would be L6. L4 is the terminal level you aren't expected to get past, but most people make it to 5 in Bay area anyway.
- Google hiokiI mean there has been people that's done it and you can see their career trajectory on whogotp. The ones I saw got steadily promoted every year or two so take that as it may