Google Android vs Search Team

Amazon / IT new_user_
Oct 13 21 Comments

Currently a SDE-2(L5) in Bangalore. Have an option of moving to AWS team in Seattle. Also, have an L4 offer from Google for search team in Bangalore. I am interested in London location but only Android framework teams have openings there.

How is the work of Android teams in Google? Is it a wise decision to move from Search to Android for a good location(Bangalore->London)?

Edit 1: I understand Seattle may pay more than London but I feel I can relocate to US Later on too.

Edit 2: Would be glad if anyone can comment on the quality of work in Android org

TC : INR 35LPA YOE : 3.5

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  • Google / Eng
    hotch

    Google Eng

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    hotchmore
    If u join google, then moving anywhere in the world is quite easy.
    Oct 13 5
    • Amazon / IT new_user_
      OP
      Yes, I understand. Can you comment on the quality of work in Android teams if you are aware of it?
      Oct 13
    • Google / Eng
      hotch

      Google Eng

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      hotchmore
      I don't know.
      Overall android framework sounds like a good team. But no personal knowledge.
      Oct 13
    • Google WFHeng
      Hmm but lots of people said do not join android org.
      Oct 13
    • Google / Eng
      hotch

      Google Eng

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      Search is a pretty great org btw
      Oct 13
    • Google / Eng
      UwUwUwU

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      Worst thing about Android is the yearly release cycle, which results in intense crunching since missing deadlines may mean your project is straight-up cancelled (if it relies on changing/adding APIs).

      The crunching part is also true to a lesser degree for teams that synchronize their releases with Android or ship major feature bundles for I/O.

      In my experience the added stress isn't worth it if you value WLB, but you can also move up quickly if your project ends up being impactful. Just make sure you really believe in the product itself before joining these teams.
      Oct 13
  • Verizon Media fbgoog
    Amazon Seattle easily. US >> UK in terms of pay and opportunity. If you want to join another US company later, here's the place to be.
    Oct 13 4
    • Amazon / IT new_user_
      OP
      Yes, if I relocate to US, I will be on L1 visa which prevents a person from changing the company. Of course I can apply for H1 visa, but that seems uncertain since it needs a sponsor and based on lottery.
      Oct 13
    • Google / IT
      techwrite

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      Regarding visa, you can do two things. First one negotiate getting the company to file green card for you immediately if on L1. Depending on categories you can get your green card in a year (for L1-A). Also you can apply for h1b privately and decide which visa to keep. This is what I have heard people do. Consult someone in immigration. Someone I know came from India in 2014, filed green card on L1-A and got it within a year.
      Oct 13
    • Amazon / IT new_user_
      OP
      Thanks for the detailed information. Will consult someone in immigration.
      Oct 13
    • Aetna LSfw67
      It has to be L1-A individual visa in order to get the green card with in a year eligibility for this type of visa - you have to be in the manager or equivalent role and you should have people reporting to you. Visa type L1-A blanket doesn’t not require you to be in the manager role but I don’t think you’ll get green card in 1 year for L1-A Blanket vida type.

      If you are planning to move to US ask which visa type it is going to be L1-B or L1-A individual or L1-A Blanket. If it is anything other than L1-A individual make sure you have a Plan B which is searching for a employer once you are in US who can file a H1-B which gives you the liberty to change the companies in USA.
      Oct 14
  • New FRut71
    Seattle will pay way more than London, and if they're willing to sponsor you in the US then take it.
    Oct 13 2
    • Amazon / IT new_user_
      OP
      Made the edit in the question
      Oct 13
    • New FRut71
      Getting to the US without current work auth is extremely difficult, so I wouldn't dismiss the opportunity as one that will come around again.
      Oct 13
  • New tiqw
    Did you join Google Search then?
    Oct 22 1
  • Citrix Systems / Eng ಅವನೌನ ಹಡಾ
    Yoe ?
    Oct 13 1
    • Amazon / IT new_user_
      OP
      Updated the post
      Oct 13
  • Why not move to Amazon London office?

    Can you share your Google interview experience? Like the difficulty of questions compared to Leetcode medium.
    Oct 13 1
    • Amazon / IT new_user_
      OP
      Amazon Seattle has better teams and pay compared to Amazon London.

      Leetcode medium mostly
      Oct 13
  • Qualcomm / Eng qcomSam
    @op what you decided? Can you please share the Google offer details.
    Nov 8 0

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