How is 240K TC for 11 year experienced in Bay area?

Google / R&D shadowfaz
Sep 3 26 Comments

Currently having comfortable life in India. Have 11 years SW development experience. Got an offer for 240K TC (180 base + 60 stocks) for a company in Bay area - San Mateo. How is this pay? Should I accept this offer? We have 2 kids but no daycare costs as wife would not be working for now. Is it worth it?

Edit: Thanks for all the responses! I've worked with this US director previously, that's why he has given me this offer. We had a great working relationship. He had trust in my work, I know the tech stack pretty well and he also provides a great deal of flexibility. For ex in case of any emergency back home, I can work for months from India and I know he'll be ok with it. These are the reasons why I was considering this offer. Would try and negotiate but if it is too low I'll reject.

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TOP 26 Comments
  • Facebook dgoV07
    That’s poverty level TC if you have to support a wife and two kids.
    Sep 3 0
  • Palo Alto Networks Pxmg68
    That’s fine to begin with. Once you are here, switch after a year or so and you will get 350-370 easily at FAANGs.

    One of my colleagues came from India couple of years back on low salary. After a year, asked for a raise and management understood his concerns and he got 10% raise in TC. One year after that, moved to FAANG for 350K. As far as I know he was earning around 180K when he came here and now 350K that too last year.
    Sep 3 6
    • Juniper Pliny Jr
      Microsoft, not true. YOE is irrelevant vs being able to do the job
      Sep 3
    • Palo Alto Networks Pxmg68
      If he’s decent at LeetCode, I’m sure he will be able to find a good place. Plus he already has the Google tag.
      Sep 3
    • Google / R&D shadowfaz
      OP
      Thanks man! I'm quite good in cracking interviews. I can even come via Google to US. But then I want to settle in a company and I know for a fact I can grow much faster in this company than in Google. More than money, flexibility and trust at work takes priority for me. So I don't think I'll look for moving to FAANG 'after' coming there. With that, do you think this offer is ok? I can negotiate or just reject the offer.
      Sep 4
    • Palo Alto Networks Pxmg68
      If that’s the case, negotiate for more. The offer is low for 11 YOE. I’ve 6 YOE and my TC is 230K, that’s not even at FANG.
      Sep 4
    • Microsoft mfttse3h
      Ok if you are confident, come to USA on h1..also remember that you are coming to Amazon :) forget wlb, interview preps
      Sep 4
  • GE hbjjjn
    You can live comfortably in apartment but will be difficult to own a single family home unless you wanna buy condos in East Bay with 1 hour commute. Of course you can take this offer and can jump after couple of years for good pay. So, initially there will be struggle
    Sep 3 4
    • Google / R&D shadowfaz
      OP
      Hmm I saw the rentals were like 3-4K. Will go for a round of negotiation. What is condo by the way?
      Sep 4
    • Microsoft trumpety
      Condominium is an apartment that you can buy
      Sep 4
    • GE hbjjjn
      Dublin/Livermore you can get decent Condo/Town Home and also rental would be around $2500 for 2 BHK but 1 hour commute
      Sep 4
    • Visa Dtrm86
      $2,500 seems low. I'd budget for $3,500.
      Sep 4
  • Facebook stunoobies
    I make 245k with 3 yoe
    Sep 3 1
    • Google / R&D shadowfaz
      OP
      Hmm FB London keeps calling (was almost through last year). Do you think I should apply again? I'm more concerned about work flexibility than money. How is it at fb London?
      Sep 4
  • Juniper Pliny Jr
    180 base will get you an apartment on the poor side of town (E. San Jose) and that's a long commute away from San Mateo!! That's a life destroyer commute. The stocks can't be viewed as very reliable so it's a non starter to your question.

    So my answer is a hard NO to come.
    Sep 3 2
    • Google / R&D shadowfaz
      OP
      What would be the take home with 180 base?
      Sep 4
    • Google 🎖Me🐎
      Minimum 7.7K
      Am assuming you will max out 401 contributions
      Sep 4
  • eBay nicewon
    Don’t rely on the stock income as it isn’t guaranteed.
    Sep 3 2
    • OpenDoor od-
      It basically is though unless OP has an offer from a startup. The Great Recession made everyone pretty wary but I see this sentiment regularly and it’s just a little silly. You should be able to handle a 20-30% slide in stock value pretty easily with these kinds of TC numbers, and even that would be a pretty serious recession by historic standards.
      Sep 3
    • eBay nicewon
      With a potential recession around the corner you should be prepared for a 50 to 75% drop or more (being laid off).
      Sep 4
  • Microsoft mfttse3h
    No that's a joke. Don't bother coming to USA for peanuts
    Sep 3 0
  • Pandora / Eng Tjxb836
    FAANG would definitely pay more for 11 yoe. 240 TC is good but you can probably do much better
    Sep 3 0
  • Uber whoberrr
    I'm sure Google r n d is paying you much more
    Sep 3 1
  • Google andbbsue
    Shift via Google. You will get more pay.
    Sep 3 0

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