I joined Google right out of college 3 years ago (T3). I was bright-eyed and motivated. I had other offers, but I thought Google would be the best in terms of comp (which it was) and maybe experience too.
They said I would get a choice of teams, but after 3 months of the "process", I only had one "match" (I interviewed for and was hired for Washington). I figured things would be fine. I never had wanted to do front-end, but maybe I wasn't giving it a fair shake? Maybe it would be as interesting as the jobs at some of the offers I had turned down?
Here we are, 3 years later, and I feel I may have made the wrong choice.
I feel like I have done nothing worth mentioning, I feel less capable than I was when I interviewed, more dull, and much less motivated. I haven't felt growth, but rather regression.
No promotion, I am fairly sure I don't like frontend (at least the way we do it: Boq/Wiz), not much understanding of anything.
My whole tenure at Google I haven't really known how I could be better. I have felt stuck in my spot though until I can improve or "prove myself".
At this point I know I need a change and I would like advice (or chastisement, if I deserve it). Rip me apart Blind.
How can I improve? I don't feel it is as simple as "put in more hours".
Am I stuck until I improve or "prove myself"?
Not that I see things in Google in WA that interest me on go/grow, but would anyone want to take on a 3-year L3 anyway?
How could I advertise myself to a different company without coming across as incapable?
Am I cut out to be a SWE of I haven't liked it at "one of the best engineering companies"?
Any relevant stories or wisdom?
If I should gtfo of SWE, what are related jobs I might consider?
3 YOE (not counting internships)
TC: $200k (according to go/prosper, $120k salary)
Also be grateful you had the opportunity...$200k 3 years after college is really good. Better then 80% ppl in the United States