Google Cloud versus Palo Alto Networks (non-technical)

BCG FARl25
Oct 16 22 Comments

I have offers from both Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks, with comp at Palo Alto Networks slightly higher. Any inputs on what factors should I consider to make a decision?

PANW: $300k TC (level unclear)
Google: $270 TC (L5)
YoE: 11
Non-technical role at both

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  • Palo Alto Networks vEco16
    I personally would take google over PANW any time. I’m amazed by this post and don’t think this is a good comparison at all.
    Oct 16 1
    • Palo Alto Networks fas12345
      I second this!!
      Oct 16
  • BCG FARl25
    OP
    What about growth opportunities? L5 to L6 promotion at google can take forever.
    Oct 27 2
    • Palo Alto Networks vEco16
      And titles at PANW is a fu**ing joke :)
      Oct 27
    • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
      Lol 😂 ... Ya, I completely agree. Inflated titles. Ppl who cannot design or write single line of code are called Architects.
      Oct 30
  • Palo Alto Networks / Eng fak
    Zero benefits in PANW.
    Oct 16 0
  • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
    I would choose GOOGLE over PANW any day. Politics are crazy at PANW. Mostly old people (People over 40+). Only people who can play games are promoted at PANW not the hard workers. It’s been an year with PANW and I am already interviewing out. It’s like CISCO to make you understand how bad the culture is.
    Oct 30 4
    • BCG FARl25
      OP
      Is the bad culture a company wide phenomenon or is limited to certain functions such as engineering, cloud BU, etc.? Wondering if the non-tech functions, e.g., marketing, strategy, etc. have a different story...
      Oct 30
    • Palo Alto Networks vEco16
      You could be right that this toxic culture in PANW could potentially be only in the Eng side. I, as an engineer, can’t really speak to other non-tech teams. But I do know they appear to be working happily and there are A LOT of hot girls :)
      Oct 30
    • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
      I worked across multiple tech teams and with non tech teams. I hear the same. Politics is same across every team. Hard workers are taken advantage of. Lol about hot gals. There are plenty of hot gals everywhere. Why bother hindering your potential growth ? Those hot gals won’t definitely fall for guys at PANW. Most of them might be dating/married to googlers or FB candidates.
      Oct 31
    • Palo Alto Networks vEco16
      @Risi21 man you are brutal lol
      Oct 31
  • Palo Alto Networks / Eng fak
    Consider Google 401k match, free food and other benefits. Then, it is the same TC
    Oct 16 0
  • Uber pnw♡
    More opportunities at PANW. Google is good only if you care to have it listed on your resume. This comes from someone who spent several years at AMZN.
    Oct 27 1
    • Palo Alto Networks vEco16
      Your statement only applies when you work at both companies tho. Have you?
      I can’t think of any single reason that makes PANW better than Google. Better commute for most of the people I guess.
      Oct 27
  • Palo Alto Networks YEOn65
    We've had alot of the people hired over the past year leave recently, and most of them came from FAANG companies. Of course it depends on the team, but the general consensus is that PANW has the worst traits of startups (mismanaged, low benefits) and big corps(slow, boring culture)
    Oct 28 0
  • Palo Alto Networks / Eng
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    Ask for details about level at PAN. If it's higher than Google's L5 I would consider PAN (e.g. senior principle, Sr manager, director titles). If not then Google is likely the better choice after factoring in better benefits and bigger brand name, unless you have a particular interest in cybersecurity (PAN is very good on your resume if you're a cybersecurity person).
    Oct 16 1
    • Palo Alto Networks Risj21
      Seriously levels are complete joke here.
      Oct 30
  • SAP ghhg
    Put Google under your name unless you already have another top company, school etc
    Oct 16 0
  • Capital One Uqfc35
    What do you do that is considered “non-technical”?
    Oct 16 1
    • BCG FARl25
      OP
      Non-engineer / non product mgmt role
      Oct 16
  • VMware omRP10
    Anyone care to share PAN director range for TC? Glassdoor data isn’t very impressive.
    Oct 27 0
  • New mmAq45
    What roles are these
    Oct 16 0

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