Moving from Bayarea to Austin

Intel hweng!
Aug 9 91 Comments

Hi Blinders,

Can you please chime in and help me get to a conclusion. I’m a backend engineer with 8 yoe in Bayarea. I’ve an offer from a company in Austin and I’m contemplating moving there.

TC: Bayarea- 200K
TC: Austin -200K
YoE : 8

Here are my concerns.

1) Hardware jobs in Austin. Though Apple, Broadcom and Annapurna have presence there how’s the overall job
prospects in long run. Which other major companies have presence there ?

2) Affordable housing in west Austin

3) I’ve no kids. Is it worth taking a risk and move back to bay if things don’t pan out. Should I just wait and try my luck with F/A/G in near future.

Thanks

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  • Intel apt-get
    You will save a lot in Texas with that TC
    Aug 9 1
    • Nutanix / Mgmt trek
      You pay 0% state income tax. This dude will get atleast $1000 raise each month on his paychecks. Austin isnt "cheap" but it sure as shit is cheaper than the bay
      Aug 13
  • Intel Pointless4
    My husband and I are both in the tech industry with TC around 310 together. We live in a really nice, new house and our payments are 9% of our income. We save so much money compared to the Bay Area. Yes, it’s hot, but I think there are fun things to do in the area. Plus no state income tax is nice. If your unsure about job opportunities in Austin, you can always search on LinkedIn for listings in Austin.

    We are both excited to raise kids in the area when we have them, and still be able to retire early.
    Aug 9 9
    • Google / Eng
      xcafebabe

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      xcafebabemore
      Any good neighborhoods you could recommend near the downtown (to beat the traffic) or overall? I heard that Round Rock is a nice place with good potential (schools, housing).
      Aug 13
    • Intel Pointless4
      Round Rock isn’t very close to downtown.. with traffic probably 40 minutes. I love Round Rock though. RR, WestLake, Eanes ISD, and Leander ISD are the best school districts in Austin. I believe Eanes ISD is one of the best in Texas and it’s close to downtown, however, it’s more in the million dollar price tags. My house is in Austin but technically in the RR school district and cost 500k
      Aug 13
    • Oracle / Eng sweEng
      @Above: Pearson place??? ;)
      Aug 14
    • Intel Pointless4
      Sure! Pearson place is nice 👍
      Aug 14
    • Google / Eng
      Lπ SWE

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      Lπ SWEmore
      I can recommend my neighborhood if you want to be near downtown. It's the Crestview area. Time to downtown without traffic is 10 minutes, with traffic up to maybe 25. Homes are obviously more expensive than round Rock, but you can still get a good place in the 500s
      Aug 14
  • Samsung statarb
    You can’t go wrong with Austin. There is a sizable tech presence, people are warm and friendly and tons of great schools ( if you ever end up having kids).
    Aug 9 1
    • Intel hweng!
      OP
      Thank you !
      Aug 9
  • NVIDIA / Eng JeanSun
    I would take 200k in Austin any day over 200k in SF. Not only you ll save on state income tax, but rent and insurance is cheaper, and unlike other cities, Austin has a charm to it! It’s a really young city that boast “keep Austin weird” as it’s motto! And there is a huge tech presence!
    Aug 9 5
    • Intel hweng!
      OP
      Yeah. Never lived anywhere outside Bayarea (read immigrant) and finding it hard to come to a conclusion after getting used to weather/nature surrounding bay
      Aug 9
    • NVIDIA / Eng JeanSun
      You will love it here, take the leap of faith. Plus intel has got some really good people working for them in Austin!
      Aug 9
    • Intel hweng!
      OP
      Thank you !
      Aug 9
    • Indeed b4c9j2
      Be warned though, Austin is not surrounded by natural beauty at all. And it’s summers are very hot and only getting hotter-it’s 106 here next week
      Aug 9
    • Microsoft bWmv13
      I guess it depends on your preference. It's no evergreen forest but I find the hill country to have it's own beauty.

      As for the heat, it can be a lot but if you find yourself, in general, to be able to put up with heat then you're likely to be able to acclimate. If you find heat intolerable then you probably won't adapt enough to be content.
      Aug 13
  • Apple jinn25
    Just be prepared for nasty humidity. Been in Austin this last week and I can’t fucking wait to go back to California. But your money will go further in Austin.
    Aug 9 3
    • Indeed Odd Job
      It’s only 28% humidity right now.
      Aug 9
    • Apple jinn25
      Oh I know it isn’t always bad, but if I get to pick I’m choosing California weather over Texas any day.
      Aug 9
    • Microsoft bWmv13
      Hah! Go spend a few weeks in Houston then come back and it'll feel so nice.
      Aug 13
  • $200k in ATX will go a lot farther than Bay area. Austin is very liberal compared to rest of rural TX and has a great music scene, a couple of annual festival as well. I would take that offer in a heartbeat, ask if they can cover relo.
    Aug 9 0
  • Facebook bulla1
    I am in hw and I made a reverse transition. I will do that a million times. Austin isnt worth it imo
    Aug 9 3
    • Intel hweng!
      OP
      Well yeah. Like I said if it’s FAANG it’s worth staying in bay. F/G are recruiting through third party vendors now
      Aug 9
    • Facebook bulla1
      Actually I will save less money every month here owing to higher cost of living and taxes. Also I had to leave a huge house and adjust in a shitty apartment.
      Workwise bay area is much better and I have family and friends around.
      But again TEHO
      Aug 9
    • Intel hweng!
      OP
      Cool. That’s another motivation to stay back in bay if you’ve friends or family
      Aug 9
  • Microsoft / Other
    unicornCod

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    unicornCodmore
    I mean in 30 years you're screwed when there's 100 days of 100 degree weather, you're overrun by killer bees and fire ants, and the equator countries are at war with the border from Global warning.
    Aug 13 1
    • Dell
      lig3

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      lig3more
      This is the dumbest shit I’ve ever read.
      Aug 13
  • Microsoft / Biz Dev MemeGenX
    I think something folks overlook is beyond company presence what are the actual teams and jobs there. A lot of the times it's secondary/internal/support engineering which could limit career prospects vs other teams and being at HQ. But yes Texas is stupid cheap and Austin is fun. I left and probably wouldn't move back. In Seattle now.
    Aug 13 1
  • Oracle LAoh31
    As long as you get out of bay area, life will be better. Cheaper. Diverse. Down to earth and not TC based. Relationships (of all kinds) will be more real and deep. Even in random places like Spokane WA, Louisville KY, etc. You will have a smaller tc, more buying power and a happier life. İs there anything else you need?
    Aug 13 0
  • Microsoft $₽€¢₩
    Lots of lizards 🦎 in Austin. If one enters your house you’ll waste several hours
    Aug 13 2
  • Google KissMyPiss
    Did...did op just say F/A/G?
    Aug 14 1
    • Google bc89
      Yes. Tl;Dr, should OP move to Texas or try to be a F/A/G in the bay area?
      Aug 17
  • Microsoft curious456
    Lots of good advice here. I also suggest you look at culture. This is something people never discuss. Will you feel comfortable there based on so many factors such as dating, race, overall conservative state etc. I have found if you don’t feel comfortable in your surroundings despite beautiful this and that, low cost of living etc. you can’t thrive. Also what do you want from your career? If you feel you can benefit from the overall opportunity regardless of pay, then maybe worth it for a few years. So many stories of people who landed at right company and did well. I am sure you have met successful people in your company who you know damn well would fail at X company based on style. Good luck
    Aug 13 0
  • Apple RoidRage
    I did the reverse. Not enough opportunities in HW in Austin (there are only a handful of silicon companies). I left for a SW role that leveraged my HW background. That said, had Apple in Austin chatted with me sooner I might have stayed in Austin but I was contacted by the mothership first. TC is way higher in the Bay Area for me even with taxes. The only sad things here are: no Tex Mex, the cost of housing, and taxes.
    Aug 10 0
  • Lyft wXfl07
    Cost of living in Texas is HALF what it costs in CA, with our apartments from-hell that charge $3,500 a month for 1-bedrooms. Move to Austin! It's a beautiful city, the most cosmopolitan in Texas. But, remember Texas is dying. We are replacing its beef industry with Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger. We are replacing its oil industry with wind energy and solar energy. The number of days of temperature > 100 will be 60+ throughout texas by 2050, its gonna be hot as hell pretty soon. The Texan Silicon Valley (Plano) produces domestic terrorists. Texas is dying. But, your take-home pay in Austin in housing will be 650 sq ft. per year. whereas in the Bay Area it will be less than 200 sq. ft. per year.
    Aug 10 3
    • Apple RoidRage
      Traffic is getting quite bad and costs of living there are also going up with the influx of west coasters. I still like (love, really) Austin but many friends who I talk to that live there say that it’s going to be what California is now with the locals getting priced out of everything and the original culture dying a slow death.
      Aug 10
    • Intel hweng!
      OP
      Yup that’s true. Thanks for your responses
      Aug 10
    • Intel whatelse
      I agree with most of the stuff you said. Texas is one the largest producers of natural gas and also it has potential for wind energy. These will help Texas to stay alive
      Aug 13
  • Broadcom Ltd. IamGr8
    Don't count Broadcom as a major HW employer in Austin. I heard they have a very small office and presence. I hv been trying internally to relocate to Austin from Calif but was not successful
    Aug 12 2
    • Intel hweng!
      OP
      I see. Apple is hiring in Austin

      Do you mind me asking what’s your main motive to relocate to Austin ?
      Aug 12
    • Broadcom Ltd. IamGr8
      Cost of living and we have extended family there
      Aug 14
  • Microsoft yuuyyeuw
    People are saying good Good things about Austin, makes me move there.

    So far the only con is the humidity.

    Is there anything else that we should watch out for Austin?
    Aug 13 1
    • Oracle LAoh31
      Weed is not legal. People are conservative just outside the city limits. And way too many pretty girls compared to bay.
      Aug 13
  • Apple RQVo51
    West Austin is not that cheap anymore. If you’re thinking for the west lake area, everything is 1.5mil. Circle C and bee cave are better at around 500k-800k for a decent house. I have been living in Austin for 3 years, and quite like it. More tech is coming too. Just look at the amount of post on blind about moving to Austin vs the other way.
    Aug 13 1
    • Apple RQVo51
      If you’re single income or partner isn’t fang-ish, then I’d recommend Austin. You can rent a nice 2000 sq ft single family home near cedar park for $2000.
      Aug 13
  • Microsoft / Biz Dev MemeGenX
    You are not prepared for how miserable the summers are. Heat, humidity, and mosquitos
    Aug 13 0
  • Google Boar
    Austin has a great cultural vibe, great food, affordable housing but just be prepared that it’s a liberal-blue city surrounded by a sea of red, so going anywhere outside of Austin is a completely different mindset.
    Aug 13 0