Going out to interview, what level should I expect?

LinkedIn Pastu
Feb 22, 2018 24 Comments

4.5 years experience in LinkedIn, Staff Eng with leadership experience of several decent size projects, and had always been the top performer in the team. Current TC is around 350k/yr. This is my first job out of college so 4.5 yrs in industry.
What level and TC can I expect if I go out to interview with:
Google
Facebook
Apple
Netflix
Airbnb
Uber

Thanks!

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TOP 24 Comments
  • Apple / Eng Aplcoin
    L4 at Google
    ICT3 at Apple
    Feb 22, 2018 8
    • LinkedIn Pastu
      OP
      Don’t think I will get L3 in google as it is two level down compared to my current level at LI. But looks like even L4’s max can barely reach 350k.. sounds like I should stay at LI
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Apple / Eng SoccerFan
      Compensation wise, you are at the highest end of bell curve for a 5 year experience engineer, so it makes sense to stay at LI.
      But if you are looking fir new challenges and willing to take a pay cut then its another story.
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Snapchat snapper;)
      Interview and see. If you are good, which you seem to be, years of exp doesn’t matter. You won’t get a big pay bump anywhere though since your comp is already good.
      Feb 23, 2018
    • LinkedIn AM2N
      @SoccerFan no way Googl gives someone with decent 4.5 years experience L3... That’s for new grad
      Feb 23, 2018
    • Apple / Eng SoccerFan
      I wish that were always true. I have 6 years of total experience and 5 years in field that I am currently working in, but was still given L3. They said my years of experience were low for L4.
      Feb 23, 2018
  • Apple Elon Musk!
    What is your TC without Stock appreciation in the picture. Are you getting $350k as total grant value TC?
    Feb 23, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn AM2N
      Hi Elon, please stop wasting your precious time here. Earth is counting on you
      Feb 23, 2018
  • Salesforce HarkrParis
    Levels.fyi (website) helpful though
    Feb 22, 2018 0
  • Salesforce HarkrParis
    Depends on your interview performance
    Feb 22, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn Pastu
      OP
      Definitely understand. But want to get a high level idea
      Feb 22, 2018
  • Facebook roxmox
    L5 at fb/google shouldn’t be a problem.

    If I were you, I would tell my recruiter that I am looking for L6. But high L5 could work based on numbers..

    I interviewed at other companies recently and I have ~4.5 years of experience

    Whether you will get an L6 or not depends mostly on - how your design and experience interviews go.
    Feb 23, 2018 0
  • Airbnb microsvc
    staff is supposedly L5 no?
    Feb 22, 2018 2
    • LinkedIn Pastu
      OP
      Yea but tricky thing is that my years of experience is too short. If I cannot get a better offer outside maybe the best strategy is to stay in LI for another 2 years.
      Feb 22, 2018
    • LinkedIn is also well known for inflated titles. Based on posts here dropping 2 levels is not uncommon from LinkedIn to Google.
      Feb 22, 2018
  • Airbnb / Eng Cheskle
    L4/5 at Airbnb, depending on perf, Netflix is basically one level for engineering (Senior)
    Feb 22, 2018 2
    • Looks like a solid L4 wherever they go.
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Airbnb / Eng Cheskle
      We hire L5 engineers, though feedback has to be really good, otherwise it’s easier to give a “prove it” L4 offer
      Feb 22, 2018
  • LinkedIn AM2N
    OP go interview, you should be fine given your experience. Solid L4+
    Feb 23, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    NotANinja

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Oracle
    NotANinjamore
    How’d you get so good?
    Feb 22, 2018 0
  • Good luck, let us know how it goes.
    Feb 22, 2018 0