Low TC in Seattle or High TC in Midwest? Goal to get into FAANG.

New londo
Nov 12, 2018 30 Comments

I failed in my current round of job applications, couldn't get into any FAANG, MSFT or unicorns.

My options are now low TC $130k in Seattle or a $170k TC in a Midwest state. COL are comparable in both locations after adjusting for no WA tax.

I'll go out 6mth from now in June 2019 to interview again, after Amazon cool down period is over.

Will living in Seattle help? I plan to network there to get referral, and get involved in leetcode meetups, I find that the social support during interview prep is very important. Downside is if economy crashes I'll be fucking stuck at a low TC position for half a decade!

Being exiled to the Midwest will be hard, as I have to use more vacation days and fly out for interviews. Also from a social standpoint, I'm 30+ single non-white male and would like to change that, and the dating scene sucks there. Upside is TC.

is living in a FAANG heavy city worth the $40k in TC?

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  • New / Eng mowgli⌨️
    You are a 30+ non-white male and want to change that!
    So which one is - it change your gender first or your color or both? And that would help with your dating scene? 😲
    Nov 12, 2018 1
    • New londo
      OP
      Lol... I left out the key word, SINGLE 30+ non-white male.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Vertivco / Eng
    FastPapuan

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    Why do you specify the first place to a CITY level and leave the second one to a broad region? City/state or GTFO.
    Nov 12, 2018 0
  • Nvidia Clic
    You don't need to be in Seattle to interview. Also if you move to Seattle for a FAANG they are probably going to pay the relocation. Not worth the 40k difference
    Nov 12, 2018 5
    • New londo
      OP
      Yes, you do. If I'm not local I need to fly for onsite and use vacation days...
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Clic is back at it again with the privilege and elitism.
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Google L7@AWS
      I'd give up a few vacation days for another 40k. Have you tried negotiating for more vacation days?
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Uber IIlII
      It’s one vacation day regardless for an on-site, right? I don’t get it.
      Nov 12, 2018
    • New londo
      OP
      I burned 4 weeks of vacation this round and only have shitty offers...
      Nov 13, 2018
  • Intel / Mktg nononsense
    Unless you are trying to live in downtown Chicago, I don't think COL are close to each other. Even Chicago would still be cheaper.

    Dating scene in seattle isn't any better... probably worse.

    Stay.
    Nov 12, 2018 3
    • New londo
      OP
      I did the math. No state tax is about the same as rent difference.
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Google iogear
      food gas and everything else will be cheaper in midwest though
      Nov 12, 2018
    • New londo
      OP
      At most $100/mth only for non rental expense. Ain't big enough to make a dent.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Microsoft / Product TacoBoss
    Which city in the Midwest? In my experience dating in the Midwest will be better than Seattle. Much more single women and they arent as jaded. TC is also more so move
    Nov 12, 2018 8
    • New londo
      OP
      Is this for real? Don't want to be political but trump supporters living there don't like my skin color, and there's lots of them there....
      Nov 13, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product TacoBoss
      That's why it depends on the city. Upper Midwest and great lakes is good. I'm desi BTW. Kentucky or Missouri you're out of luck.
      Nov 13, 2018
    • Capital One / Eng desu
      Ohio is a swing state.
      And I voted for Trump while I lived in Ohio; some of us just thought that Hillary Clinton would be full of green slime if you cracked her open, and a man with a strangely orange outward appearance was preferable to this other-worldly being.
      The people you're thinking of are North Dakota and Idaho. Big cities in Ohio, Michigan, etc. are pretty liberal.
      Nov 14, 2018
    • New / Eng cato
      Idaho is pretty tolerant, not sure what you’re taking about. Maybe you’ve never been?
      Nov 15, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Kansas City, St. Louis, and Louisville have tons of people in them. Not the best, but they're not deserts.
      Nov 15, 2018
  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    Just curious, which city outside of Chicago downtown has higher cost of living in the Midwest?
    Nov 12, 2018 0
  • Elekta / Mgmt
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    Snowermore
    Why is Midwest an exile :)
    Nov 12, 2018 2
    • New londo
      OP
      There's no tech jobs and none that pay over $200k unless you are some director level position
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Elekta / Mgmt
      Snower

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      There's not many...for sure...but there are companies that are starting to pay pretty well...its definitely an exception...rather than the norm...
      Nov 12, 2018
  • New / Product
    olinbrat

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    Seattle unless my Midwest you mean chicago.
    Nov 12, 2018 1
    • New londo
      OP
      Not Chicago
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng SenoritaWE
    There are other places you can interview in Seattle?
    Nov 12, 2018 0
  • New / Eng cato
    It sounds like Seattle will make you happier. As a single guy the money is probably fine. If you feel the same about both locations, then go for TC. But it sounds like you really dislike the idea of the Midwest, to me the money wouldn’t be worth living somewhere I dislike.
    Nov 12, 2018 0

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