Is Bay Area everything in terms of Money/Career/ life ?

Apple XTwF06
May 6 20 Comments

I feel like moving out of bay area and move to San Diego or LA. But whosoever I asked they call it retirement cities for Techies after you have slogged in Bay Area. Not many opportunities to grow.

TC - 180k
Base - 130k
RSU unvested - 150K
Bonus - 12%
YOE - 4

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  • Booz Allen Hamilton qiYV77
    Quality of life in SD >> Bay Area.
    Pros: 65° and sunny 300+ days of the year
    Live on the beach for less than SF rent
    The most laid back place on earth

    Cons:
    More of a traditional corporate environment, fewer tech startups
    TC is less (120k-160k is high)
    Smaller outright job market, you'll always find work but not at flashy companies

    The real power move - get a job in bay area with bay area salary, negotiate for 100% remote, and work out of SD
    May 7 1
    • The Intel Chief Engineering Officer Murthy did this. He has a private plane fly him up to the Bay Area at his whim because he was based out of SD (former co-President of Qualcomm). Probably got a local place in the Bay, dunno.
      May 7
  • Airbnb ranting
    For money/career yes. Life, hell no. Make your money here and gtfo.
    May 6 1
    • Apple XTwF06
      OP
      Any suggestions ? I feel San Diego has laid back silicon valley feels. 🙃
      May 6
  • eBay / Eng Kilo77
    Life is sh*t, money is average, given the higher living cost. Career... may be yes!

    $180, is like making 80k elsewhere in US.
    May 6 3
    • Apple XTwF06
      OP
      Really ? Even in San Diego and LA , 80k seems too less. 🤔
      May 6
    • Bloomberg EVALSlayer
      “Too less”...
      May 6
    • IBM q2bfj3s
      Chill Bloomberg I’m betting he knows more languages than you
      May 6
  • Microsoft
    I💗Q#

    Microsoft

    PRE
    Apple, Google
    I💗Q#more
    Former Apple employee here, you work at Apple, the world is your oyster. I left Apple, went to three startups, then decided to go back to big tech. My narrowed down choice was MS, Apple, LinkedIn, and some other places, and I chose MS bc I had already worked at Apple, and I wanted to give them a try.

    I didn’t aim for the FB’s, ubers (they reached out to me as well) etc because I only wanted to work at a tech giant. Google interviews were starting in October and MS offered me my position in September, plus I met the team and loved them, so I negotiated , they gave me what I wanted and I signed the offer.

    Tl;dr you can really go anywhere and back to a tech giant now that you’ve worked at apple.
    May 6 4
    • Google MasterCodr
      Fb is not a tech giant?
      May 6
    • Microsoft
      I💗Q#

      Microsoft

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      Apple, Google
      I💗Q#more
      Oh, sorry, are you asking if FB is considered a tech giant?

      I guess their standing may be diff now (I’m not sure)

      I essentially wanted to work at a company with many diff types of offerings, I was also interested in going to a gaming company EA, but I realized MS also has gaming.

      MS has a plethora of products/areas I’d love to work on/in, xbox, Hololens, azure (I’m in azure now), msr, the Quantum group...I don’t feel I see that type of product diversity at other companies aside from Google.
      May 6
    • Nvidia xxPn61
      Well it is funny that you really tried to explain why you ended up with MS instead of potentially better other companies 🤣
      May 6
    • Microsoft
      I💗Q#

      Microsoft

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      Apple, Google
      I💗Q#more
      *yawns in bored*
      May 6
  • Intuit / Eng rxsG81
    Don’t expect the same TC in SD. Only a few companies can sort of offer that (if you even get an interview). Most tech jobs are with corporations where they will offer you base pay of 80-120k given your YOE. Probably with no other substantial incentives.

    SD > LA though. Air quality in LA just sucks so much. But they do have better cultural life though
    May 6 0
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    • Apple XTwF06
      OP
      Lame!! 🤦🏻‍♀️
      May 6
    • Apple XTwF06
      OP
      Good for you! Where did you move from bay area ?
      May 6
  • Northrop Grumman HowCouldYu
    Trust me LA and SD aren’t any better
    May 6 1
    • Apple XTwF06
      OP
      Why do you say so ?? Kindly elaborate
      May 6
  • New / Eng
    SanHolo

    New Eng

    BIO
    Tc = broke. Education: the Derek Zoolander school for kids who can’t read and want to do other stuff good too
    SanHolomore
    Look at the cost of a house... and then remember that house is not worth it.
    May 6 1
    • Apple XTwF06
      OP
      Housing is a good investment, isn’t it ? Question is, is housing worth in San Diego ?
      May 6