Google l4 Software Solutions Engineer vs Bloomberg Senior Software Engineer

New / Eng klaE71
May 28, 2018 30 Comments

Recently got two offers and have been debating about which one to go with:
Google: Software Solutions Engineer l4, TC 174k, Sunnyvale
Bloomberg: Senior Software Engineer, TC 170k, NYC

I've never heard about the Software Solutions Engineer role at Google. Job description here: https://careers.google.com/jobs?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic#!t=jo&jid=/google/software-solutions-engineer-professional-1160-n-mathilda-ave-sunnyvale-ca-94089-3379710310&. I'm concerned how technical this role is. If it's essentially a sales engineer position, then I don't wanna go. Does anyone know about this position?

The bloomberg offer is a hardcore SDE role. The manager looks smart and nice. My only concern comes from various bad reviews about BBG engineering on the internet.

About myself: 2 yr experience. Non CS undergraduate degree. In the recent future want to do a part time CS master.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  • Google UBdG56
    Hmm I think you should go Bloomberg. But TC seems kinda low for Senior SWE, new grad offer was 130k last year. Seems like you have experience, you should try to bump those numbers up if possible.
    May 28, 2018 7
    • Google UBdG56
      Solutions Engineer? Sorry, I doubt it. You’ll need to interview to switch to SWE (which has definitely been done before).
      May 28, 2018
    • New / Eng klaE71
      OP
      I’m totally fine with an extra interview. Do you get to keep the current level after switch?
      May 28, 2018
    • New / Eng klaE71
      OP
      Yeah I heard of that too. I currently have 2 yr experience
      May 28, 2018
    • Google UBdG56
      sounds like you want goog OP. Your options are:
      1) take solutions engineer, work hard a couple years with other SWE, interview and at most keep the current level you’re at (some transfers down level actually, but I don’t think Solutions Engineer does ).
      2) take swe at Bloomberg, leave whenever for other swe positions, have more flexibility in mobility.

      If you want to work with customers, definitely take goog. If not and you want to be a swe, you have to make the decision.
      May 28, 2018
    • New / Eng klaE71
      OP
      Yeah I’m still too early in my career to tell if I want to be a hard core swe. I haven’t even tried any customer facing work at all. That’s actually why I’m so unsure about this decision. Another concern for me is green card, so probably not much mobility there. I totally agree with your suggestions. I just wanna double check if there’s any factors I haven’t thought of. Thanks pal!
      May 28, 2018
  • Microsoft newb1186
    Go for Bloomberg. Solutions engineer track won’t take you very far. After working for Bloomberg couple of years, try other tier 1 companies.
    May 28, 2018 2
    • New / Eng klaE71
      OP
      How easy is it to transfer from solutions engineer to swe?
      May 28, 2018
    • Microsoft newb1186
      Well, there is always uncertainty switching from solutions to SWE. You will get calls from FANG while working in Bloomberg, for sure. I don’t see an issue why you can’t crack one of those interviews again.
      May 28, 2018
  • Tinder / Eng
    meowimacat

    Tinder Eng

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    Do you prefer NYC over Sunnyvale?
    May 28, 2018 2
    • New / Eng klaE71
      OP
      not really. NYC has more cosmopolitan feeling, while sunnyvale has great tech opportunities. no preferences at all
      May 28, 2018
    • Tinder / Eng
      meowimacat

      Tinder Eng

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      Well goog is more reputable so
      May 28, 2018
  • Hortonworks / Eng
    Bakchodi

    Hortonworks Eng

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    Bakchodimore
    Don’t take Solutions Engineer role all you would end up doing is speak and all you would chase is your sales target. Better be a software engineer and work on the technology
    May 28, 2018 1
    • New / Eng klaE71
      OP
      It just seems like the solutions engineer role is so different from different companies. The recruiter mentioned once that this role won’t talk directly to customers. Which confuses me on the nature of the work
      May 28, 2018
  • Twilio / Other Trees18
    Sounds like a role where you write code for a specific customer at a time.

    If you want more technical challenges go for traditional SWE
    May 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft private:
    I have said before, if you wanna work in fish pond go to Bloomberg
    May 28, 2018 8
    • Apple xyz-a
      Epic aquarium
      May 28, 2018
    • Tinder / Eng
      meowimacat

      Tinder Eng

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      The office is actually pretty cool I really liked it when I was there for the on-site
      May 28, 2018
    • Microsoft private:
      Do u guys ever logged-in into their terminal? Looks 70s -- email client having a character limit 😁 I built one complete command there So I know that place sucks compared to any software firm.
      May 28, 2018
    • Bloomberg EgaB12
      that's so immature..you think the terminal looks like the way it does because they aren't able to fix it ? it's what the customers demand. Bloomberg has 100 UX engineers working on pixel level details.
      Jun 15, 2018
    • Bloomberg BornAgain
      'email client having character limit'? Thats BS. Why are you spreading misinformation?
      Jun 21, 2018
  • Microsoft newb1186
    Bloomberg
    Jul 27, 2018 0
  • Cisco Hashkey
    What did you decide OP
    Jul 27, 2018 0
  • Deutsche Bank NyGy
    Definitely Google - and then move into a SWE role in 1-2 years
    May 28, 2018 0

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