Is my comp low ?

VMware $Bnbb13$
Dec 4, 2017 37 Comments

I see a lot of posts regarding compensation data from FANG companies. And looking at those numbers I have started feeling bad about my pay.

So far I thought my total compensation was ok but not after seeing those posts.I am working as a senior MTS @VMware and I have 7 years of industrial experience and a masters in comp sci.The below are my numbers

Base-165K (base increasing 5% each year)
Annual Bonus - 17% each year.Last year I got 32k
Stock - 50k annually based on current stock price and what has been vested already

Totaling - 247K each year (excluding the sign on)

When I joined I had been given 10k sign on.Are these low for my experience and title ?

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TOP 37 Comments
  • Amazon
    carla420

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    carla420more
    Not everyone is same and we don't know everyone's profile when they put their TC on Blind... so just based on years of exp, you can't compare...

    On top of that, Blind's data are heavily skewed, so you shouldn't use that as a sample

    Instead of getting demotivated by seeing these numbers, use that energy to get quality exp if you are not currently...

    And finally, ur TC is not low, if that makes you feel better...
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • New / Eng
    fzjsbsbdk

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    TIAA, Leidos holdings, Accenture, Sprinklr
    fzjsbsbdkmore
    In D.C./Nova pretty much everything thats isnt defense contracting (ethical fuck that noise) tops out at 140-160k with garbage benefits for 20 years experience.
    Dec 4, 2017 3
    • Microsoft L666
      But you probably have great worklife balance though!
      Dec 5, 2017
    • LinkedIn / Other
      Demogorgon

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      Demogorgonmore
      And an lower mortgage/rent
      Dec 5, 2017
    • VMware $Bnbb13$
      OP
      And possibly have better public schools ? So you could pick a good public school for kids as against choosing private school which seems to be like what many(if not all) parents are doing in the Bay .
      Dec 5, 2017
  • eBay Lljh6537
    This is very good. I mean yeah you could probably make 20-40k more if you switch but as mentioned above don’t let few outliers cause confusion. It’s easy for anyone to say “low” and make you feel bad, but I don’t think there is reason to be disappointed with this.
    Dec 5, 2017 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    sfomsft

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    sfomsftmore
    College hires at msft with just intern experience get close to 200k tc. Compared to that your tc is low. You can try fang or even msft (level 63 will get paid more than that at bay)
    Dec 4, 2017 10
    • Microsoft / Eng
      sfomsft

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      One more data point: I just looked at my tc (base+bonus+rsu+401k match of 9k) it comes to 335k. I’ve 8 yrs experience. This is in bay as well. But I’m a manager so the scope and growth is slightly more.
      Dec 5, 2017
    • VMware $Bnbb13$
      OP
      So based on your above posts the difference between my current comp and what you make is abt 100k
      Dec 5, 2017
    • VMware $Bnbb13$
      OP
      Max 100k
      Dec 5, 2017
    • VMware $Bnbb13$
      OP
      @sfomsft - I have not included my sign on or the 401k matches or espp gains or my spot bonuses .What I stated above are just base pay+rsu+annual bonus and that totals to 247k for me
      Dec 5, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng
      sfomsft

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      Mine doesn’t include sign on bonus as well since I’ve been with msft for 8 yrs. if you subtract 9k of the 401k match, still it comes to 326k which’s still way more than your tc - hence my comment on your pay being low.
      Dec 6, 2017
  • VMware Esu33
    This is pretty good for vmw. Faangs match vmw base but give a lot more stock.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • LinkedIn / Other
    Demogorgon

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    It's pretty good. Don't believe the inflated numbers that trolls throw out here.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Microsoft bbFs29
    That's not too bad. Don't let free outliers here get you down. You can probably get increase by moving companies but that's a good base even for Bay area.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Microsoft vRFI13
    I think it is not considered low. But if you look around and interview with other companies, you can get 300k+
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    sfomsft

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    Very low
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Intel YfUr04
    Yes it is low, base should be around 185k
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    ANSWERisNO

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    no
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng L5
    Location?
    Dec 4, 2017 2
    • VMware $Bnbb13$
      OP
      Bay Area
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Amazon / Eng L5
      It's average then
      Dec 5, 2017
  • Amazon / Ops BigReqs
    Not terrible for SDE2 at Amazon
    Dec 4, 2017 2
    • VMware $Bnbb13$
      OP
      What level does a software engineer with 7 years industrial exp and master in comp sci fit at in amazons engineering levels?
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Amazon / Ops BigReqs
      Mid-high SDE2. It really depends on the scope of your current role.
      Dec 4, 2017
  • VMware $Bnbb13$
    OP
    Based on my current scope of tasks and my performance at the existing level I am looking at a prospective promotion to be a staff engineer coming review cycle which may increase my comp but not by a whole lot.
    Dec 4, 2017 1
    • VMware eYBj58
      Don't count on it.
      Promotion has nothing to do with raise.
      At least that's how vmw works.
      Dec 4, 2017
  • VMware / Eng VPC
    NSX team? Stellar engr in your team? Your TC is high for a sMTS especially the RSU part. If it's all initial grant, your RSU grant is over the top for sMTS AFAIK.
    Dec 6, 2017 0
  • Amazon 123raj
    Yep
    Dec 5, 2017 0
  • Airbnb
    NewAirFam

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    NewAirFammore
    Sounds above average for sr mts.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • VMware cashcow
    That's definitely not low for Sr mts
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Microsoft bbFs29
    This is not bad. Don't let a few outliers
    Dec 4, 2017 0

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