Midwest => FAANG

New / Eng Eh12
Aug 31, 2018 12 Comments

I am a software architect at a small startup in the Midwest with 7-10 years development experience in backend API development, distributed systems, microservices, etc. Current salary is 140k in the Midwest. I am currently prepping with LeetCode and would love some help on where I should expect to interview at level-wise. Iโ€™m aware that since I do not have a FAANG company on my resume I will be downleveled. Should I expect to be downleveled to level 4/5?


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  • Quartet / Eng

    Quartet Eng

    140k in the mid-west ๐Ÿ˜ณ. Where do I sign up?
    Aug 31, 2018 0
  • Getting into Google at L5 would not be a downlevel, if anything you should be happy if you get in at L4 with the possibility of getting an L3 and this is all under the assumption you even get an offer.
    Aug 31, 2018 3
    • Amazon Northman
      I would not take L3 with 7-10 years of experience. But I agree you should expect 4. 5 is going to be a stretch depending on how good your experience is (not much info in post).
      Aug 31, 2018
    • New / Eng Eh12
      Thank you. I appreciate your candor ๐Ÿ‘
      Aug 31, 2018
    • New / Eng Eh12
      @Northman I was thinking level 4 would be the best I would get as well. I have 5 years of team lead experience but my teams havenโ€™t been larger than 10. From what I understand youโ€™re not going to get level 5 without a fair amount of inter-team leadership
      Aug 31, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng DynamoDB
    Bro 140k in the Midwest is hella nice. Stay there.
    Sep 1, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng 5'6"Indian
    Do whatever you can to work remote and stay in the midwest.
    You are sacrificing quality of life by moving to the bay area, which you will only appreciate after you lose it.
    Aug 31, 2018 0
  • New szsss
    Might be helpful to take a look at http://levels.fyi
    Aug 31, 2018 0
  • Citadel / Other NotMyMoney
    Here's a contrary opinion. I have almost 10 years of experience in finance, working on problems that aren't even close to Google scale. I bombed my Google interview and still got an L5 offer.

    10 years is a lot of experience. If you were learning from your mistakes, you'd be an awesome engineer by now.

    Just go in well prepared. Leetcode and System Design ftw. Your prep will have a huge impact on your leveling.
    Sep 1, 2018 1
    • New / Eng Eh12
      Very interesting. Iโ€™m glad to hear you were able to get an L5 offer. I honestly thought it might be a stretch for me. I have been prepping the last 2 months on LeetCode along with system design. Nothing I havenโ€™t seen before but more or less just training my reflexes. Almost all of my work has been high scale cloud solutions which has been great for drafting mock question responses to. I have a few whiteboards at home that I am not looking forward to training on soon ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Did you take the counter-offer from citadel or was this in the past? I hear citadel is pretty fun to work for.
      Sep 1, 2018
  • Oracle grumpydwrf
    You could try out for a year or two. Grass on your side may be same color.
    Aug 31, 2018 0
  • Amgen Fin4eng
    L4 would be reasonable depending on experience
    Aug 31, 2018 0