Google L3 compensation

Lending Club ekfhfb
Aug 29, 2018 25 Comments

Got an offer from Google today (San Bruno location)
3.5 years of industry experience
SWE L3 level
125K base
15-25% annual bonus
160K stocks (vesting over 4 years)
15K joining bonus

It is near my current compensation of 145K base (TC 200K)

I have a competing verbal offer from a public company (for 300K TC) but Google is not considering it since it seems high to them and they need an offer letter. No way for me to convince them since the company won't give an offer letter unless I verbally agree to them.

Does this seem reasonable? I personally felt it is lower than my expectations since it is not even meeting my current compensation.

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  • Autodesk Autobot
    Verbally agree and get a written offer. Then, if Google matches or beats the other company, apologize to the first company and take the Google offer.

    You have to look out for yourself.
    Aug 29, 2018 2
    • Lending Club ekfhfb
      OP
      Sorry, no disrespect but I can't lose my integrity over getting some more money. Thanks for three suggestion though.
      Aug 29, 2018
    • Autodesk Autobot
      I understand. I guess we see things differently. With the information you have now, you’re accepting the other offer. Things can change though and companies understand that. Notice, I said “if” Google counters. If they don’t, then you proceed with the other company.

      If Google comes back with a counter, then the situation has changed and you have to re-evaluate.

      Also, it’s not just about money. It’s also about the next several years of your life and potentially your career trajectory.

      Not sure how many times you have changed jobs but companies counter all the time.
      Aug 29, 2018
  • Amazon graduate
    Just *very politely* tell the Google recruiter the situation, and be ready to accept the offer from the other company, cause most likely Google will pass. Being polite will keep the door open for reconsidering in few months
    Aug 29, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng xdzw46
    That’s about right for L3, even a bit high. 1 things to consider...

    You will probably get 15% bonus, not more, until next year.

    Despite your yoe, Google is likely to rate you a CME (consistently meets expectations) on you first calibration next year, regardless of how great you do.
    Aug 29, 2018 5
    • Cruise Automation SickMoFo
      Really depends on the manager. I’ve seen some that have most everyone at CE or Superb and seen some where you’d be lucky to get OE. If you are CM after first year, I recommend immediately switching teams
      Aug 29, 2018
    • Lending Club ekfhfb
      OP
      Thanks for the detailed info
      Aug 29, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng robotparts
      What’s OE?
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Cruise Automation SickMoFo
      Occasionally exceeds. It’s been a while so I don’t know if that’s a thing anymore
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Google / Eng R7ps9bd6
      It’s not a thing anymore
      Sep 9, 2018
  • GoDaddy / Data
    Zeus09

    GoDaddy Data

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    What’s the role? SWE?
    Aug 29, 2018 3
    • Lending Club ekfhfb
      OP
      Yes
      Aug 29, 2018
    • GoDaddy / Data
      Zeus09

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      If you don’t show the competing offer, Google won’t budge!
      Aug 29, 2018
    • Lending Club ekfhfb
      OP
      Too bad
      Aug 29, 2018
  • Btw this other offer sounds amazing. You will get another crack at Google, but 300k TC at 3.5 yoe is a nice accomplishment. If you accept that now, it will have snowball benefits for the rest of your SWE career. You should really consider taking it if you have no close offers. I think your compensation progression is way more impressive than the Google brand. Plus you can use money, for house/retirement/etc.
    Aug 30, 2018 0
  • Lending Club ekfhfb
    OP
    Thank you everyone for chiming in! I ended up taking Google's offer for now to get some good experience! Hopefully it works out for the best :-)

    The thought process behind it was that if I accept the other offer and then do not grow as much technically in the next 3 years, after 6 years again the big tech Giants might bring me down due to missing experience. But on the other hand if I get experience from Google, I could either keep growing internally (both technically and financially) otherwise the doors of other companies will still be open later and willing to pay more.
    Aug 30, 2018 2
    • Amazon Chindsed
      You’ve made the choice and it’s for the best. Enjoy Google! :) could have negotiated with the other offer though
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Lending Club / Eng imbored@lc
      Thanks a lot 😀
      Sep 12, 2018
  • New szsss
    Take a look at http://levels.fyi
    Aug 30, 2018 1
    • Lending Club ekfhfb
      OP
      Thank you
      Aug 30, 2018
  • Apple Findnndjvb
    What’s the other company? They are paying very well!
    Aug 29, 2018 0
  • Tesla LEETCODER
    How long did it take for you to get an offer from your interview date?
    Aug 29, 2018 1
    • Lending Club ekfhfb
      OP
      Little less than 2 weeks
      Aug 29, 2018
  • Google eiBo03
    Can you make the public company?
    Aug 29, 2018 0
  • Snapchat HyCn25
    Low ball
    Aug 29, 2018 0

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