Google L4 lowballs? Microsoft and Facebook better with levels?
I have no plans on moving on from my current company (Engaging work, good WLB, remote, excellent comp) but Google reaches out at least once a year to me. I usually tell them I’m not looking, but humor a conversation every now and then.
Despite trying to butter me up in the emails about “very experienced engineers” and “unique team opportunities” they always try to rope me into to a company wide generic L4 loop.
I know what the pay bands are (thanks levels.fyi!) and know it wouldn’t be worth the time and effort unless it was an L6 interview. They claim that level is based on performance, but I am very skeptical they ever place anyone two levels above the initial slotting. They say can match my comp, but that would be the top of the L5 band, and not really worth the downsides (big company politica, no remote, I already have a FANG on my resume, top of band means little room for promos)
It also seems L6 is not generally offered unless you have 10 plus YOE, and I am only at 7.
Given all that context I have a few questions: Would they really consider me for L6 if I did well in the loop? Should I basically ignore Google recruiting emails for now until I get to 10 YOE? Is there a way to say I am only interested in L6 without coming across as a jerk?
I also got denied in a M$ loop for a principal positon due to lack of YOE (still confused why they interviewed me if that is the case... they said I nailed the technical questions)
Curious if FB/Netflix are any better about beating current level/comp.
Again, love where I am, but I don’t want to needlessly stick my head in the ground, but also want to spend less time hearing lowballs. It’s also just good to know your options, even if you might not use them! I feel very fortunate to have this issue! The only issue with my current company is how flat we are makes it tough to gain more comp. While I am pleased now, it would be unideal to not make any gains for several years.