Interviewing with no intention of accepting? (& 4yr cliff worries)

Facebook Oster
Jun 6, 2018 24 Comments

Does anyone interview while happily employed? Just to check market rate/practice? I'd feel weird going all the way through the process just to decline.

I've been with FB for a few years now and am very happy with my team/role. I'm an engineer (IC) in a fairly niche ops area. I believe I'm compensated well and due to team specifics (international travel, flexibility, good ratings) / tenure (understand/shape our mission well) at this point I believe would be difficult to find a better company. Only thing I'm worried about is RSU drop off at year 4.

At the same time, I'm getting hit up by recruiters even more frequently now on LinkedIn. Am I doing myself a disservice? Should I just be happy with what I've got?

MPK, 3.25yr experience, IC4, 145k salary, $90k RSU every year (stock appreciation of initial grant had a big effect on this, will get cut in half after 4yr mark).

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TOP 24 Comments
  • New / Eng
    PassbyObjR

    New Eng

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    500 Startups
    PassbyObjRmore
    Interviewing at least once a year even if you love your job. Life can change in an instant. I was loving my job more than anything. Then things changed. Gotta find a new one
    Jun 6, 2018 3
    • Intel
      vXpH47

      Intel

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      vXpH47more
      I agree with u. I loved my job, but things changed with new manager.
      Jun 6, 2018
    • Facebook hx5jjil9
      This is called wisdom.
      Jun 6, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Luffy, M.D

      New Eng

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      Prematurely grumpy old man
      Luffy, M.Dmore
      And just to stay in practice
      Jun 6, 2018
  • Apptio Apptio
    It's good experience to interview every so often and polish up the skills. It's also feels good to be wanted by other companies - a good reminder that your worth isn't soley determined by what your current employer thinks.
    Jun 6, 2018 0
  • Capital One OLB
    You left out location? I think you could make more if you jump ship. Having said that, money isn't everything. If you're happy where you are and are saving plenty, stay put. Maybe your triggering event will be a change in role or management.
    Jun 6, 2018 0
  • Pinterest ctMu21
    What’s your path to IC5? Unless you go to LinkedIn or Google at a higher level you’re unlikely to get better liquid comp.
    Jun 6, 2018 2
    • Facebook Oster
      OP
      Doable within 1yr I believe, mainly a personal growth challenge (i.e. mentoring/leadership).
      Jun 6, 2018
    • Pinterest ctMu21
      Clear up that path to promo. A raise at / refresher at fb will get you better comp (and get picked for better roles elsewhere). If you can’t have that convo easily than might be sign to look around because there isn’t anywhere to go.
      Jun 6, 2018
  • New / Eng michalumni
    That’s not compensated super well, you can beat 145 for sure and the 90k — they should offer you refreshers.
    Jun 6, 2018 2
    • Facebook Oster
      OP
      Due to non-SWE my refreshers are low (15-20% of initial grant size).
      Jun 6, 2018
    • Facebook Oster
      OP
      Though yes, there is the possibility of discretional equity, but can't bank on that (maybe if I make IC5).
      Jun 6, 2018
  • New AMex31
    No problem interviewing even if you're happy. You can set a very high target TC before you're willing to jump ship, and try fighting for it. That can be your practice for interviewing and negotiating. Even if you don't end up taking those offers, if one day you do really want to make a move, you'll be able to do so more effectively.
    Jun 6, 2018 0
  • Amazon TCORGTFO
    Your TC seems low for someone at Fb. I’d definitely see what other offers you can get then use as leverage.
    Jun 6, 2018 0
  • Pandora Diphthong
    I take interviews on Fridays every once in a while in different locations. Then I stay for the weekend.
    Jun 6, 2018 1
    • Pandora Diphthong
      It is nice to see what’s outside the the Bay area. I have talked with some recruiters and they don’t mind it as much as we might think. They see this as a nice way to network but if it goes well for you, you might refer people to them.
      Jun 6, 2018
  • Microsoft Djikstra09
    Wait you’re non-SWE? Stay put my friend!
    Jun 6, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
      PassbyObjR

      New Eng

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      500 Startups
      PassbyObjRmore
      Found a new type of discrimination 😁
      Jun 6, 2018
  • Proofpoint / Eng
    1213434

    Proofpoint Eng

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    Symantec
    1213434more
    I love giving interview . Every other month I give interviews. Just to check where I am.
    Jun 6, 2018 1
    • Proofpoint / Eng
      1213434

      Proofpoint Eng

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      Symantec
      1213434more
      No ego.. no show off.. in fact I learn from interview
      Jun 6, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng HuuY53
    Would you mind adding what position you are if it's non-SWE?
    Jun 6, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Eng
    HelloE

    Cisco Eng

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    HelloEmore
    I think if u get better offer, it’s ok to take it. It will be hard to resist after U get better one, I had been there
    Jun 6, 2018 0
  • Facebook Oster
    OP
    Location is MPK. $90k in RSU every year.
    Jun 6, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Eng
    HelloE

    Cisco Eng

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    500 Startups
    HelloEmore
    90 k over 4 years or every year ?
    Jun 6, 2018 0

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