Moving To Seattle - Non-Technical Role

NerdWallet / Eng Pj46kl
Aug 4, 2017 20 Comments

I'm considering moving from the Bay Area to Seattle, mainly for cost of living reasons. I have a reasonable offer from a local tech company... but I'm worried about the long-term career impact. In short, I'm worried that even if things work out, once I want to move on, I'll have to head back to SF to find new good roles in my field at interesting, smaller companies... particularly since I'm moving for a business role. (I'm not interested in joining Amazon or Microsoft and will miss the vibrancy and diversity of the Bay Area scene.)

Put another way, while lots of second offices in the Seattle area for major companies create new opportunities in engineering, it's hard to tell if those same roles exist at scale for non-engineers. Curious if anyone else has moved for the same thing (marketing, strategy, etc.) and whether or not you've found other opportunities that interested you over time.

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  • Microsoft vSLf14
    What makes you think the cost of living is lower in Seattle? Clearly you have not seen Redfin or Zillow 😎
    Aug 4, 2017 5
    • Swedish / Other mhealth
      It's definitely lower by about 20-25%. I lived in SF and now in Seattle. Housing is still 50-60% cost of bay housing and much cheaper if you move further.

      To your main question, unsure. I think the good opportunities will eventually come to places like SEA and Austin as well due to people leaving the bay
      Aug 4, 2017
    • Google / Eng
      L4

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      L4more
      It's so much cheaper in Seattle! You're trolling :)
      Aug 4, 2017
    • Microsoft vSLf14
      Am not. Unable to get housing less than 1M - unless am prepared to drive an hour :(
      Aug 4, 2017
    • Microsoft Dr Watson
      Nope, Seattle was cheaper, but not anymore. Traffic is worse. Rain 9 months of the year is also super depressing. I regret leaving the bay area. On balance, it really is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Looking forward to going back.
      Aug 4, 2017
    • Microsoft vSLf14
      Live in Bay Area, take few weeks off in summer at Seattle, take a cruise to Alaska, and all will be well!
      Aug 4, 2017
  • Microsoft TinaM2017
    I have debated this same scenario with my friend who is NOT from Bay Area. I moved here from San Francisco and the big appeal was lower cost of living. I regret my decision greatly since the opportunities for non technical roles in all industries can't be beaten in Bay Area. Think real hard about your career goals, etc before you leave. It's hard to return once prices out of Bay. I finally landed right opportunity so I can buy house so we are finally returning.
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Product JyAF05
    Matvey - what do you do at MS?
    Aug 5, 2017 4
    • Microsoft / Product matvey
      Well-well look. I already told you: I deal with the god damn customers so the engineers don't have to. I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?
      Aug 5, 2017
    • Amazon / Product JyAF05
      And the hilarious thing is u say ur good with people.... don't u get it that we could be just as rude... u wrong person
      Aug 5, 2017
    • Microsoft / Product matvey
      Wait. What?
      Aug 5, 2017
    • NerdWallet / Eng Pj46kl
      OP
      Er - that's an Office Space quote.
      Aug 5, 2017
  • Microsoft / Product matvey
    What do you business non tech people do at a company like Amazon or Microsoft anyways? Serious question.
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Uber / Design
    jennajenna

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    I. Love. The PNW
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Microsoft TinaM2017
    Btw your assessment of the companies offering engineering roles primarily is very accurate. This was the struggle for me. I could have landed a role but not with career trajectory offered in Bay
    Aug 4, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Product JyAF05
    Curious... why not Amazon/ Microsoft?
    Aug 4, 2017 3
    • NerdWallet / Eng Pj46kl
      OP
      I just prefer smaller companies. I interviewed at one point at Microsoft and was impressed by the team, but there was a definite bureaucracy that you don't see at companies in the smaller sweet spot.
      Aug 4, 2017
    • Amazon / Product JyAF05
      So it would apply to any big company of this size ... including Facebook/ google / Apple correct?
      Aug 4, 2017
    • Amazon
      tCVg86

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      AWS is like an insane startup. Microsoft, no. Don't discount Amazon.
      Aug 4, 2017
  • Amazon / Product JyAF05
    Actually Microsoft Azure is doing great as well. Its growing insanely
    Aug 4, 2017 0

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