Highest possible comp for Uber L3 SWE?

Mar 31 21 Comments

Recently went onsite in SF and felt like I crushed my interviews for L3. Recruiter reached out the following day and said that everyone that I interviewed with “really liked me” and bolded the really in the email haha. So this begs the question, what should I be looking for in regards to my offer? I’m scheduled to talk to my recruiter soon about concrete details and want to be prepared. Is there any chance I could be upleveled to L4 with just 1 yoe?

I also have an offer from another FAANG company for 175K in a lower col area and waiting on another for their hiring committee. Wondering if I might be able to use these potentially to negotiate with Uber but have read some stuff on blind that suggests otherwise. Also wondering if the upcoming IPO might affect this.

Current TC: 120K at a smaller startup in SV
YOE: 1

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  • Capital One
    Drake

    Capital One

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    Nothing was the same.
    Drakemore
    Just want to know how you prepared to crush it, waiting for answers to your question too 😅
    Mar 31 3
    • Uber / Eng ghdjjjj
      Just leetcode
      Mar 31
    • OP
      I did about ~100 leetcode questions, but I actually don’t think its necessary to do much more than that. What I found the most important is to identify certain themes and make sure you have them down 100% so you could recognize variations. Also make sure you’re good at explaining why the algorithm you’re choosing is correct and your time and space complexity analysis is on point. Most problems I got at all the companies I interviewed with weren’t that difficult, more about speed, analysis and writing clean code with unit tests. Spend very little if any time on LC hards (except for the handful of common ones that don’t rely on obscure algorithms)
      Mar 31
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      Not an engineer, was wondering more about the non technical questions. Thanks for answering thoroughly though, I'm sure others found this useful!
      Mar 31
  • New / Eng |l|l||l|l|
    Leetcode will only help you for 1-2 of the interviews and for the phone screen. You also need some architecture and know how to answer HM questions.

    OP don't limit yourself by asking what's the highest possible. Just use those counteroffers to negotiate. Don't be afraid to stall as they will never not make an offer if you were a strong candidate, no matter what the recruiter says.
    Mar 31 0
  • New / Eng |l|l||l|l|
    For L4 you need to show that you know what you're doing and can work on a project on your own without any help. Do you think you have demonstrated that during the interview? Counteroffers won't help you with levelling.
    Mar 31 13
    • New / Eng |l|l||l|l|
      You're still young. It's nice to climb levels quickly but you should be optimizing for learning and career growth potential right now, not TC or actual growth.
      Mar 31
    • OP
      I’m 100% trying to optimize for learning/growth, and definitely feel like uber is where I could do that the most. But its hard to give up potentially 30-50k in TC especially when uber’s rsus aren’t liquid yet compared to faang
      Mar 31
    • OP
      I really appreciate your advice though, just gonna see what the recruiter says and mention the competing offers and see what theyll be able to do.
      Mar 31
    • New / Eng |l|l||l|l|
      No worries, good luck
      Mar 31
    • OP
      Thanks!
      Mar 31
  • Microsoft / Eng 12shsu67
    About to go on-site and also have 1 yoe - do you mind sharing the offer they made you?
    Jul 13 0
  • Uber / Eng HvWK68
    OP did you take the offer?
    Jul 13 0

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