I got a call from a microsoft recruiter that said my interview was a yes from all interviewers. This is for a Cloud Solution Architecture role based in MEA. I have 10+ years experience in software development and cloud which translates to this role. Recruiter acknowledged strong dev background, great listening skills, and demostrated experience in relating with C levels. All checked. Only mentioned need for more Azure knowledge which he said Msft is ready to work with me on. Recruiter asked for my current salary which I supplied. So I am waiting for an offer. What level should I expect for a 10+ experience? What salary range?
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- Microsoft / Other TtttyyyyllYou should not have provided your current salary unless you wanted something similar. I don’t have a sense for salary in that part of the world so not much help. That said, since you gave salary I would expect something similar unless you are way underpaid. Levels.fyi is useless unless you are a software engineer or PM so just ignore that.
- They do have ranges and they’ll try to put you somewhere close to the middle of the range. If your current pay is close (to the middle) though then they’ll most likely offer something similar. I don’t know if this applies outside the US but you could negotiate two things beyond base salary: cash signing bonus and on hire stock award.
Pay is driven, generally speaking, by the level (which translates in Microsoft speak to the amount of “impact” they expect from the position/person) designated for that opening. In the US, most industry hire CSAs come in as a 63, 64, or 65. International levels are a bit different but, to your question, there are levels and the pay range is associated to them.
- External hire as Senior software engineer are generally around 10 years experienced. Principle are generally 15+. For a senior salary including on hire stocks and yearly bonus should be around $220k in Redmond. You can add/sub different living costs accordingly.
- The morale is not toxic in CSU so that’s not the same. Services has utilization portion of their bonus but CSA does not so that’s not the same. Generally speaking, CSAs are not working on implementation or owning projects for customers so that’s not the same. Outside of the fact that they are both resources that work with a customer, they are not the same.
- I basically have your experience exactly. I’m a CSA in Cali. 160 base + 48k bonus per yr. 100k in stock vesting over 4 years, that is not included in the bonus. Had a 25k signon. CSA = cloud Solution Architect. You are customer facing solving, this role is not professional services.
- I’m going to assume that in general, salary bands in tech will be similar. I was surprised that even the ux designer was making the same salary as me at a previous startup. Go on salary.com