Passed hiring committee at Google, but I’m told I was approved at L3

Microsoft trikkyboi
Nov 11 14 Comments

I have 3.5 years experience and I’m a level 61 at Microsoft.

I feel like I’m getting snubbed if Google tries to hire me at L3- the same level they hire on new grads

Is this common?

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TOP 14 Comments
  • Amazon Newgrad🥜
    Google is known to downlevel in general . So considering L60 is the level new grads come in at MSFT , L3 seems appropriate .
    However this does not mean that you’ll have to take a pay cut . Google generally beats your current comp despite downleveling .
    Nov 11 2
    • Microsoft trikkyboi
      OP
      Well you start at 59, but your point sense. If they can still hit my comp expectations I guess I won’t care
      Nov 11
    • Microsoft ajdks
      Not quite true, interns that perform well and master graduates start at 60
      Nov 11
  • Microsoft ajboy
    How's the offer like? I have seen people switching from 61,62 to L3
    Levels and job roles mean different things at different companies.
    As long as you are not comprising on money it's not a demotion
    Nov 11 2
    • Microsoft trikkyboi
      OP
      I’ll have to wait and see, as I don’t have my offer yet (still in team matching). I guess this is true though. I am expecting that they won’t meet my TC expectations now, but I don’t know for sure.
      Nov 11
    • Microsoft ajboy
      Share those details when you have them
      Think about what are your goals because google opens many opportunities, may be can move to different location with better TC
      Try some good startups as well
      Nov 11
  • Microsoft / Eng brane
    Wait a year and try again for L4 would be my suggestion. It's weird how every other company would interview you at SDE2 but Google won't. You then go to those companies (fb, Uber, Airbnb, Amazon) at that level, and then you see that Google suddenly considers you for that L4.
    Nov 11 1
    • Microsoft ajboy
      Won't happen...
      Better check how and if you can move inside google to L4
      Nov 11
  • Google exalt
    Same case with me. I was L5 at Amazon (yoe:3.5) and was expecting L4 at Google. They offered me L3.

    Though my base took a hit, my overall CTC grew and was more than expected :p I took the offer..
    Nov 11 3
    • Microsoft trikkyboi
      OP
      do you mind sharing what your offer package was? Stock price at Msft has tripled since I joined. As a result I’m paid pretty highly and I’m skeptical google will be able to beat it as an L3 offer
      Nov 11
    • Google exalt
      I am in India, so my numbers would be different. (Assuming you are in bay area)
      Nov 11
    • Google exalt
      I joined when AMZN was 700. And due to the shitty schedule of vesting, I lost a lot of AMZN stock.

      Google will give you a table of your earnings in 4 years at Google vs. at Microsoft.
      Nov 11
  • Amazon YQhq46
    Whats the tc they offered?
    Nov 12 0
  • Bloomberg j73ou9i
    Most people with less than 4 years of experience get L3 unless they have a PhD.
    Nov 11 0

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