How hard is it to get a Google L6 offer?

Facebook Ghyer
Sep 11, 2018 27 Comments

I’m an E6 at Facebook, with PhD and 5 YOE. I interviewed with Google and while I was told I would be considered for L6, the recruiter says it’s all up to hiring committee and they may approve me for L5 instead.
I have been a high performer and can see getting promotion to E7 at FB within a couple of years but I don’t enjoy the work here anymore.
Is it going to be better for my career to switch to Google? How hard is it to get an L6 offer from them?

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Google goodmood
    Don't come in as L5. Only google thinks its L5 is comparable to L6 at FB. Google is over hyped with many big corporation problems. No need to take a step back to join .
    Sep 11, 2018 3
    • Facebook Ghyer
      OP
      Well Facebook kind of thinks that way too. I’ve seen google L5s easily get FB E6 offers but haven’t seen the other way around. The levels at FB are kind of inflated and I don’t really know if I get to E7 it will be treated equally outside of FB.
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Facebook FBTopAnnon
      Yes it’s true. FB E6 is overrated and equivalent to seasoned Google L5 tech lead. The advantage of FB E6 over G L5 is comp, which has taken a beating recently.
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng somecsdude
      A sde3 colleague joined g as E6
      Sep 11, 2018
  • Workday / Eng xTcr18
    If you have a chance to get e7 at fb then stay there.
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng mad👩🏻‍🔬
    Hard, but certainly possible. You’ll need to have a strong background, technical interview, and demonstrate technical leadership.
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng uKft56
    You are E6 at FB and Worked for 5 years. You probably have enough money. Why would you want to join another big company? Makes sense only if are passionate about Google or you get to work on some cutting edge things.
    Sep 11, 2018 3
    • Facebook Ghyer
      OP
      I want better WLB and some stability as well as gaining some in depth technical expertise. At my current job there is too much focus about shipping mediocre code.
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Google / Eng uKft56
      I guess you have to live with Google l5 offer.
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Facebook fhaksoqbre
      op, everybody want better wlb. do you know why fb would like to give e6 offer to google L5? because we have much worse wlb. hourly pay is much lower. if fb give L5 googlers E5 offers, most of them wont come. so it is fair.
      Sep 11, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng
    goldenaxe

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    Google
    goldenaxemore
    If they'll match compensation, I think l5 is a sweet spot. not too hard, not amateur hour either. G is more engineering focused. Just.. take it easy as a 5.
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Twitter JzFm54
    I was down leveled with 4 YOE and PhD without even an argument. You're looking at 3-4 years until promo should you join, so you would likely be better off staying until you L7 or have enough YOE to clear the bar. Or go somewhere that would match your L6 for a couple years.
    Sep 11, 2018 5
    • Facebook Ghyer
      OP
      3-4 years from L5 to L6?
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Twitter JzFm54
      From friends at Google I got the impression that staff promo at Google is no joke, you need to have a track record of impact, your YOE and the fact that you were L6 fb will hardly matter.
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Facebook Ghyer
      OP
      Do you know if it is as hard to go from 6 to 7. Assuming I actually get an L6 offer
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Google / Eng lc9b5Aw
      7+ is top 3% of all eng, it's very hard.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Google lifesucks9
      If you do well you will get to 6 on 2 to 3 years easily
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng dhsjdkdodi
    Not very hard at all. I've seen dummies get it.
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng
    lena33

    Google Eng

    PRE
    Salesforce
    lena33more
    Interested also. Promotion at Google is really hard and depends on the project
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft gou34
    Hard
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Facebook fhaksoqbre
    do you write a lot of tests?
    Sep 11, 2018 2
    • Uber ChDir
      How does this matter? Or is this the key differentiator?
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Facebook fhaksoqbre
      kidding but that's also one of the major differences between f and g. :p
      Sep 11, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng xmazon
    Op, how many years have you been at fb? MPK or Seattle?
    Sep 11, 2018 1
    • Facebook Ghyer
      OP
      3 years, MPK
      Sep 11, 2018
  • Google lifesucks9
    With 5 years exp, they will default start you at l5
    Sep 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Mgmt Bonee
    Do you say you are an E6 ? Or the number of years of exp puts you somewhere ?
    Sep 11, 2018 0

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