Google recruiter lowballs before team match?

Amazon Willyyy
Jun 25 16 Comments

Hi guys,

I work at AWS with 5 yoe. Is there a chance the Google offers 130K TC for SWE L4?

Recently did SWE interviews at Google Sydney. He onsite interviews included system design so I suppose it’s L4+. I passed HC with a good feedback being assessed at L4~L5. However, there doesn’t seem to have a match for me here in Sydney.

My personally feeling is that the recruiter has been helping me with team matching is very unprofessional. He clearly didn’t want to forward my profile to US. The first excuse he used is Visa being difficult, which I know isn’t true for Australians. To keep me in Sydney, he was trying to sell me non-SWE roles like support in GCP.

On my insist, he said he shared my profile with the US recruiters. A week later I got an updated from him, he said that there’s a potential fit in GCP. But I need to set my exception of TC being 130K USD to proceed to talk to the US recruiter. Otherwise, in his words, “don’t waste the precious time of my US colleagues”

Is he for real? 130K TC for SWE in MTV even before talking to a hiring manager? My interview experience before this guy was very good, but he just shocked me again and again. Please give me some advise if you can, thank you guys.

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TOP 16 Comments
  • New pbYo77
    Recruiters at Google can be pretty bad. I had a pretty bad experience with the one doing my team match. $130K TC is way too low even for L3. You should be getting at least $250K or more to make the move worthwhile.
    Jun 25 2
    • New pbYo77
      If you have another recruiter that helped you setup the phone interview, it might help talking to them since they might be able to connect you to recruiters in other teams.
      Jun 25
    • Amazon Willyyy
      OP
      Yes, I kinda feel like humiliated by the way he talks. 250K would be the minimum for me to move to MTV
      Jun 25
  • Amazon / Eng lastknight
    Just tell the recruiter u can talk about pay once u like the team and the work they are doing in US. US recruiter will be talking to u independently is my understanding
    Jun 25 0
  • Amazon / R&D
    yfsevyu4:/

    Amazon R&D

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    Say yes and get contact of US recruiter and then negotiate.
    Jun 25 2
    • Amazon Willyyy
      OP
      I was thinking the same, but I was afraid that if I say yes it’d be put in my profile, and I’ll never be able to get what I want
      Jun 25
    • Amazon / R&D
      yfsevyu4:/

      Amazon R&D

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      yfsevyu4:/more
      Just come to the US and jump ship if they don’t budge. This is what they deserve for screwing you like this.
      Jun 25
  • Google / Eng swg
    You are going to want to play them off a competing offer
    Jun 25 0
  • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
    Looks like he is penalizing you... just connect with the US recruiters and re-negotiate
    Jun 25 2
    • Amazon Willyyy
      OP
      Penalizing for what? Not accepting the support role that he was trying to sell me? Seriously, this guy’s a nightmare
      Jun 25
    • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
      Yes he is
      Jun 25
  • Google / Eng swg
    Sundar only makes 150k TC. We don’t like greedy people here
    Jun 25 1
    • Amazon Willyyy
      OP
      Jeff makes the same. Frugality
      Jun 25
  • New / QA
    ';alert(1)

    New QA

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    Do you know what would be the TC in Sydney? AU $130k ?
    Jun 26 0
  • Amazon Willyyy
    OP
    Any chance that any guy can help me connect with a nice recruiter in US? I’m afraid that the Sydney recruiters will be on the same boat and won’t help me out...
    Jun 25 0
  • Google NSFW4
    $130k sounds like the salary for L4... Double check that
    Jun 25 0