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New job, but Google is still my dream. How can I best prep these next 1-2 years?

Uber yeiicsz
Jan 9

Title. I just recently entered a new role (at Uber) after 5 offers at unicorns/FAANG companies. Had an onsite with Google but ended up canceling it due to interview burn out.

Google is still my dream goal, but I need to be strategic since I only get one chance every year. What’s the best way I can steadily prepare over the next 10-24 months?

Continuous Leetcode would help, but I feel like I need a bit of a break after practicing for months. Perhaps I should methodically work through something like Algorithm Design Manual? I feel like a consistent exposure to complex but practical CS problems (and thoroughly understanding their popularized solutions) would be a good way to go, but what’s the best way to go about that?

TC: 380k
YoE: 6

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  • Facebook / Engtynext
    Why is Google your dream goal? Don't get me wrong it's a great company but there are several out there that can provide you essentially the exact same experience if not better?
    Jan 99
    • Uber yeiicsz
      OP
      To be honest, self-validation is a big part of it. What are the others in your mind? FB and Netflix?
      Jan 9
    • New / R&Dzorkan
      I see a lot of people compromising what they work on for where they work at. Really seems like this is missing the forest for the trees w.r.t. a fulfilling career. The company you work at can define your TC, but what you end up working on is what defines you as an engineer.
      Jan 9
    • Facebook / Engtynext
      You'll never be happy chasing self validation because the higher you'll get the more you'll just envy the top x%. Oh you're at Google , FB, etc? Great now you feel bad because you're not getting promoted every year like rockstars. Great now you're mentoring an intern that'll probably be a better engineer then you soon. Great now you're admiring the ones who the left the cushy lifestyle to chase a startup idea and succeed. Completely ignoring how many people fail or how privileged you are because you're addicted to self validation.
      Jan 9
    • Facebook / Engtynext
      If you can't find happiness being better off then 99.9% of humans already no employer is going to fix that for you.
      Jan 9
    • Uber yeiicsz
      OP
      These are all completely fair responses and the possibility of chasing a goal post that never ceases to move is a real concern.

      That being said, Google has always been my goal because in my eyes working there is synonymous with operating at the pinnacle of our field. Even if this ceases to be true, at this point it’s deeply ingrained within me.

      I think a mix of short-term and long-term goals are healthy and I don’t mean to come off as unappreciative of my new role at Uber. I’m merely trying to find ways to continue improving myself that align with this ultimate goal without being too demanding of my time and my current job.
      Jan 9
    • Box / EngTumi
      I applied at Box just so I could have a counter offer for Google. When I didn't passed the Google on sight, I almost canceled my Box on sight. So glad I didn't. Box probably = to Google, if not > in all the things I liked about Google, except box is smaller and I think thr people are probably nicer. I may actually never end up at Google and I'm 100% fine happy about this.
      Jan 9
    • Grab 🥊•
      On sight ??????
      Jan 10
    • New / EngIcanC#
      ☝️ asking the real questions
      Jan 10
    • Cisco @/
      Pinnacle of our field - such an admiration...don't stress on it bro..
      Jan 10
  • F5 Networks / Engetcd
    Unless you're gonna RIP soon. Take a break. You deserve it.
    Jan 93
    • F5 Networks / Engetcd
      To answer your question, just give G a shot now. If you get the offer wait until an year to switch.

      If you fail, take 15-24 months to prepare, rejuvenate and retry.
      Jan 9
    • Roche / Eng
      GTxh88

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      GTxh88more
      Are you sure we can defer google offer for a year?
      Jan 9
    • Apple Icml2017
      Yes, if one can find a matching team within a year, then the candidate doesn’t have to go through the interview process again. This was the feedback I got from the recruiter.
      Jan 9
  • Facebook O(Nope)
    This more feels like seeking validation from others that Uber is ok compared to Google.
    Jan 92
    • Uber yeiicsz
      OP
      Wasn’t my intention. I feel very fortunate to be at Uber and consider it a top engineering company.
      Jan 10
    • Uber pyMs44
      “Objectively” 🤔
      Jan 10
  • Apple Icml2017
    I have the same question: Google is a great place to be and don’t get me wrong on that. But you have good TC at Uber, which is a top place as well. So if you like the job at Uber, why not enjoy it for a while before thinking of switching.
    Jan 92
    • Uber yeiicsz
      OP
      That’s a fair point — I do like it thus far, and it seems like my work will be very impactful.

      That being said, we can all agree that shopping around every 2-3 years is in our best interest career-wise. Interviewing in this industry can be difficult, especially at top companies, and often times myself and others end up in what feels like a 1-2 month long, energy-draining “cram session” to become prepared.

      What I’m looking for are suggestions for the “continuous upkeep” of these skills and knowledge (i.e. clean your room 10 minutes everyday instead of multiple hours once a month). Things that allow me to dedicate the necessary energy towards succeeding in my new role, but also leave me relatively interview-ready in a moment’s notice.
      Jan 9
    • Google romo
      I think eventually it makes sense to settle at a company and climb the ladder there. Too much hopping is exhausting and you need to build your network and reputation from scratch again. Ubers a great company; if I were you I'd forget about Google and focus on Uber.
      Jan 10
  • Amazon Usernahme
    Why people's dreams are working for a company? Pardon me, but that's an extremely shitty and sad dream.
    Jan 101
    • Uber yeiicsz
      OP
      To each his own. I didn’t say it was my only goal. Eventually I want to start my own company, Google is just one of the steps I want to hit along the way.
      Jan 10
  • Google hioki
    What why? It's not that great here
    Jan 103
    • VMware / Engandor
      Can you explain more? I have cleared G interviews and seriously thinking about my options there. Btw, are you in GCP?
      Jan 10
    • Google hioki
      I mean it's just a job. The benefits are nice sure, but at the end of the day you're working for a company. I just can't believe this would be someone's "dream". I think a dream team rather than a dream company makes more sense.

      I do t know what gcp is
      Jan 10
    • VMware / Engandor
      By gcp I meant google cloud platform
      Jan 10
  • Microsoft Googler!
    380 TC @ 6 YOE. Why do you still dream G? Beat G, no need to join
    Jan 91
    • Chase tjPE83
      This exactly lol. I have a colleague who got 260k TC L4 with 10 yoe. He decided to stay at chase lol
      Jan 10
  • Uber yeiicsz
    OP
    The major consensus seems to be that I should recalibrate and focus my energy on Uber for the time being. I appreciate everyone taking the time to weigh in.
    Jan 102
    • Let's turn Uber into the next Google.
      Jan 10
    • Apple WPUV58
      Once you get there, you may not like it. Try for it, but I'd rather spend the time getting better at where you are. As others point out, it will get exhausting jumping around... I am tired of it, even jumping groups in the company. But sometimes you have no choice. Save your moola, and have other life goals too. We all seem to forget that.
      Jan 11
  • New / Eng
    NerfIndian

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    NerfIndianmore
    Following.
    Jan 90
  • Google thinknot
    If your dream was Google, why did you save it for last in a long interview process? You had to know how grueling your interview schedule was. Next time make it your 2nd or 3rd of your cycle. And yes, have competing offers on your next cycle.

    Also, instead of thinking about Google now, focus on Uber. You might miss an opportunity by not being focused. You may even end up happy there.
    Jan 101
    • Uber yeiicsz
      OP
      I wanted to be as “prepped” as possible, but I stretched the entire process out too long. That’s a fair suggestion, I’ll try that.
      Jan 10
  • If you're in a good state now and want to keep it, just set a goal to do X questions every week, and stick to it. Treat it like going to the gym to stay fit.

    If you want to get better at it, get some books maybe, I don't know.
    Jan 91
    • But at the same time, try to make the best out of the present time.
      Jan 10
  • Amazon / Eng工口
    Trust me, dream job doesn't last forever and eventually you will get stuck and hate it.

    Keep hopping, and never meet your hero.
    Jan 90
  • VMware / Engandor
    What is your level at Uber?
    Jan 94
    • Uber yeiicsz
      OP
      L5a.
      Jan 9
    • Amazon ChiknTikka
      My suggestion: focus on job performance and promos for a bit. You will need to be a solid 5b or even 6 to have a shot at Staff level at Google. You have made the "easy" moves already. Don't burn out on Leetcode now, focus on real skills for a bit, then do some LC, then try to move and uplevel in 2 years.
      Jan 10
    • VMware / Engandor
      Awesome hearty congrats OP. I do agree you should now concentrate on what you can do at U.

      Btw which level were you at before? And which company? It seems like 380k tc is very high for 5a, correct me if I am wrong.

      I am interviewing with U and I'm very motivated to do well as I think there is a lot of upside for work potential there. I am looking for tips on how to go for 5a and how to do well on such an interview. Willl Appreciate it v much, if you can give some that you gained in your interview process
      Jan 10
    • VMware / Engandor
      Also which level were you scheduled to interview at G
      Jan 10
  • New b37
    Your TC is so high that you don't need G.
    Jan 100
  • Amazon npYz41
    I am looking to do the same. Do you want to be an interview buddy? We can check on each other every weekend and mock interview with new qns to stay sharp. I have started doing this and have discovered few flaws in my interview approach. What say?
    Jan 90

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