L3 -> L4 timeline at Snap

Apple Snap420
Oct 28, 2018 16 Comments

Can anyone that has gone from L3 Engineer to L4 Engineer at Snap share their experience in regards to what it takes / how long it took them.

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  • F5 Networks / Eng 1u2ir8v3f7
    Slower than the rate at which Snap's stocks are falling.
    Oct 28, 2018 1
    • Apple Snap420
      OP
      Care to elaborate? Having difficulty putting those on the same scale for comparison purposes
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Airbnb craigslist
    At most companies its 1-2 years depending on when you join in the company's review cycle and how quickly you ramp up. The expectations for L3 are pretty low, so just focus on learning and delivering on what you're assigned.
    Oct 28, 2018 8
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      It’s not 1-2 years. Going from snap L3 to L4 is like going from E4/L4 to E5/L5 at fb/G. It typically takes almost 3 years.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Snapchat Evan
      Not true. 12 to 18 months is the expected range for L3 to 4. For 4 to 5 it is 18 to 36 months. L5+ is considered terminal. These ranges are per HR documentation. But promo process is by self nomination to a committee so YMMV.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      @Evan what’s the TC at L5? Like base, initial RSU grant and refreshers, and target bonus?
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Snapchat Evan
      500k at L5. (200 base 300 refresh target)
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Apple Snap420
      OP
      I’d hit dat L5 TC
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      @Evan thanks for the info. Mind sharing the base and refresh target for all the other levels as well, like L1, L2, L3, L4, etc.? 🙏🏿
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Snapchat redsocks
      Not sure about refresh but base:
      L1 130k
      L2 140k
      L3 160k
      L4 190k
      Oct 29, 2018
    • Snapchat Evan
      Refresher target is 1/4 of new hire grant for level. (Refresher of around 62k for L2, 112k for L3 and 188k for L4). Don’t expect a bonus. Keep in mind Snap is risky at this point, so if you are looking for job security, this isn’t the place. Only join if you can handle getting laid off if the ship sinks.
      Oct 29, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng Yeehawouch
    Snap won't survive until you get to L4. Run.
    Oct 28, 2018 2
    • Apple Snap420
      OP
      Care to share your assumptions on how long it takes to go from L3 -> L4 and when you think Snap goes belly up?
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Yeehawouch
      2 years and 1.3 years.
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Snapchat Potkgg
    OP: L3 -> L4 timeline:

    If you suck dicks, probably a month
    If not, 2-3yrs
    Oct 30, 2018 1
    • Apple UPRa63
      Sometimes you gotta go down to go up
      Oct 30, 2018

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