Google India Interview

Amazon cognito
Jun 29 27 Comments

I have interview with Google India. Recruiter reached out to me and talked about various levels. She asked me whether I want to interview for L3 or L4. What level should I target L3 or L4? I read google tends to down level to L3 anyways for my experience. Is it worth going from Amazon SDE2 to Google SDE1 in terms of growth, scope and influence.

P.S. I am very happy with my current work and WLB.

YOE: 2
TC: 35 LPA

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Google rafaNadal
    L3 with 2 yoe
    Jun 29 10
    • Google rafaNadal
      Could vary a lot.

      On the higher end, 100k USD sign on stock is not uncommon for L4. Yearly around 55-60 lpa is possible if interviews went really well and you’re coming with appropriate work experience.
      Jul 1
    • Adobe adobebest
      Do they offer 1cr + TC to L5. Off late, hearing G is lowballing a lot . Looks like Amazon SDE3 is paid more than G L5.
      Jul 1
    • Google rafaNadal
      Dude 75 lacs+ is not called lowballing. Thing is, Google doesn’t have to pay top of the market to attract talent. The internal rules state that Google should pay 95th percentile - not necessarily the top. Also, I have heard of no new hires in Senior roles at Amazon get 1 Cr+. People who have had stock appreciation might have a current comp like that.Actually I haven’t heard of even Uber, Microsoft, Apple Pay that much in India’s a senior level. That’s more principal range.

      That said, there are two main points:

      1. In Amazon, your total comp will more or less remain stagnant because of the TCT model. Google’s refreshers will more than make up for it.

      2. If your interview performance was very strong (strong HC score), and you have strong counter offers (from the likes of companies that are considered on par with Google), Google will revise the offer. My offer literally doubled in a single negotiation.
      Jul 1
    • Adobe adobebest
      But Google does not offer refreshers in first appraisal. Amazon is paying around 80-95 lpa to Sde3. Also MS has upped the salary ranges as well. They are going upto 90 lpa at 64 level.
      Jul 1
    • Amazon cognito
      OP
      I have seen(recently) Amazon is paying 1cr+ too to SDE3s with strong hire calls. Also, if your rating is top tier within Amazon, you get very good stocks for next 2 years as well.
      Jul 1
  • Microsoft giffy
    Go for L4, else stay at Amazon.
    Dont let them play brand game.
    Jun 29 3
    • Amazon cognito
      OP
      Haha, kinda agreed.
      Jun 29
    • Google rafaNadal
      Google is not like Microsoft where you could have 2 yoe and come in at L61 (I’d come in at L62 with 3.5 yoe in 2015)

      Good luck trying that strategy :)
      Jun 29
    • Salesforce curious01
      Is it very easy to get transferred to MTV from Google India ?
      Jul 11
  • New YlXm07
    SDE2 with 2 YOE? Recently promoted?

    Tips for new grad please
    Jul 1 4
    • Amazon cognito
      OP
      New grad joining Amazon? Yes, promoted 3 months back.
      Jul 1
    • New YlXm07
      Yes, joining Amazon.
      Jul 1
    • Amazon cognito
      OP
      Which team/org? Generally depends on team/org. However, in general for new grad focus on learning, work with your manager to get SDE2+ mentor and deliver tasks timely with defect free code. Take LPs to heart and stick by them. You will survive or even thrive.
      Jul 1
    • New YlXm07
      Haven't received the org details yet 😅

      Great, will keep these things in mind. Thanks! :)
      Jul 1
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield OpsRole
    Do LC crush it and go for a higher level than what they offer. How much LC have you done
    Jun 29 3
    • Amazon cognito
      OP
      ~300 hard and medium mostly
      Jun 29
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield OpsRole
      Mind sharing the study plan?
      Jun 29
    • Amazon cognito
      OP
      I have leetcode premium, did most of locked questions and medium and hard ones. I take interviews for Amazon and my concepts were not that rusty.
      Jul 1
  • Flipkart fcccuukkk
    TC breakup?
    Jun 29 1
    • Amazon cognito
      OP
      26 base 9 RSU
      Jun 29
  • Uber ehhm88
    Stay at Amazon. Downgrading your position is never an option.
    Jul 18 0