I've read a lot about how difficult it can be to get promoted at Google, and was wondering how this would affect me as a new grad joining the company. How difficult is it to get to L4? And realistically, how long would it take to get to L5? Does it matter if I'm at a remote office (Seattle)? This is holding me back from accepting the offer, and making me wonder if a company like Microsoft with a clearer growth path might be a better choice.
Google / Eng ironcheff
L3 to L4 is easy. L4 to L5 could be challenging but not insane. Up to L5 is totally reasonable overall. Past that is much harder though. But it's the same everywhere, no? Staff+ for only a small fraction?