I received an offer from Microsoft recently from a Hiring Event. I had repeatedly mentioned that I am only interested in SSE position since the introduction to the recruiter. My every interview went great. When they extended an offer, it was for SE - 2 (61). The TC was 158k (Base - 130k, rest - 20k). I felt a bit ridiculous as this is not even the TC when I joined my current company. My level is SSE and TC is 225K. I have requested MSFT recruiter to modify the offer to which they reluctantly agreed and said will get back soon. I am not sure how much they will modify though and how should I take things forward in terms of negotiation. Any thoughts?
YOE - 5
Also, I’ve been stuck at 62 (which is SDE2) for 3 years now... it’s a difficult promo from SDE2 to SSE. They make you crawl through broken glass for it. Keep fighting.