Getting to L8 at Google

Bank of America jKlnaM
Mar 14 15 Comments

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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  • Facebook fQvt06
    Why not shoot for ceo
    Mar 141
    • New
      poly

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      polymore
      Ma boi Sundar can return soon
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    tsukino

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    tsukinomore
    L8 is hardly more realistic as the "top" for most people than L10. Both are practically 0%...
    Mar 140
  • Google ovBk62
    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.
    Mar 142
    • Bank of America jKlnaM
      OP
      Oh fascinating. What does it usually take to break the L6 barrier? And is the L6-equivalent in other tech companies also considered "top" for most ppl?
      Mar 14
    • Google ovBk62
      Yup mostly. Check out levels.fyi
      Mar 14
  • Facebook ra37cbaufh
    What's the level distribution at Google?
    Mar 141
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      tsukino

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      tsukinomore
      peaks around L4 (due to many new hires), and then drops off exponentially after L5
      Mar 14
  • Google hioki
    I 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
    Mar 141
    • Bank of America jKlnaM
      OP
      Whogotp? Is that a site or something?
      Mar 14
  • New
    poly

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    polymore
    Works at Bank of America - L9000
    Mar 140
  • Yahoo / Eng
    [ralph]

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    Probably another life.
    Mar 140
  • Square / EngSQ
    There's not really a point to asking L3 to L8. What does it matter if you can't pass L6? Or L5?

    You should be asking how to get to the next level and only focusing on that until you get it. Then working for the next level.
    Mar 140
  • Expedia anony🐭
    Step 1, get into Google.

    Finish that step and we'll reveal all the secrets.
    Mar 140
  • Jet.com / Other
    gtfoorgtfo

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    gtfoorgtfomore
    Some of my bosses were/are L8/L9. Pretty smart guys, usually very persuasive, have some publications, have launched real world projects. Not necessarily hands on, but the leadership skills are essential.
    Mar 140

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