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.
- 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.
- 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 500kAug 13 1
- Samsung statarbYou 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).
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- I am in hw and I made a reverse transition. I will do that a million times. Austin isnt worth it imo
- Microsoft / Other unicornCodmoreI 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Microsoft $₽€¢₩Lots of lizards 🦎 in Austin. If one enters your house you’ll waste several hours
- Microsoft curious456Lots 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
- 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.
- Lyft wXfl07Cost 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.
- 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 0
- 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
- Microsoft yuuyyeuwPeople 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?
- 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.