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Principal @ non-FAANG OR Senior @ FAANG

Target / Eng.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dec 5

Time for another poll of Blinders. Let’s see how obsessed we are with TC.

Would you rather have Principal title, 200k base and 20% bonus at a non FAANG Unicorn with a more chill work environment and less stress

OR

Senior-ish title at a FAANG with 300k TC (180k base, 120k RSU) with higher stress and less WLB?

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  • Apple ijyA68
    How badly do I need that extra $60k?
    Dec 53
    • Target / Eng.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      OP
      That’s for you to decide I think. Assume you’re in Seattle area with a family of four and a working wife in non-Tech.
      Dec 5
    • Salesforce GDUe46
      Piggybacking off of this, is spending more time with your kids and wife more important than 60k? That is a decision no one but you can decide as different people have different priorities. Yeah money is cool, but it’s not like you’re gonna be going hungry making 240k a year unless you spend money like an asshole lol
      Dec 5
    • Google Bor
      After tax that is 30k in your pocket. 2.5k a month more. Tough choice but if stress is soo high non fang is better.
      Dec 5
  • Amazon azmix
    Your math is wrong... if you start as a Principal and you’re good, you’ll be become a 500K+ TC Director in no time or keep burning out at FAANG cliffing every 4 years. Think long term!
    Dec 52
    • Amazon Jbeezy
      ^^
      Dec 5
    • Hitachi Vantara DMT
      “In the long run we are all dead” -John Maynard Keynes
      Dec 5
  • Microsoft / Other
    Igvad

    MicrosoftOther

    PRE
    Google, Apptio, Enzymax
    Igvadmore
    Quality of Life > TC, without question. As long as I have enough money to pay my bills, take care of my family & save for the future then I'm happy. I couldn't care less about buying shit.
    Dec 51
    • Microsoft / Other
      LaLaLoopso

      MicrosoftOther

      PRE
      Google, Apptio, Enzymax
      LaLaLoopsomore
      You do you bro.
      Dec 6
  • Hitachi Vantara DMT
    How much is the improved QoL worth to you? Depending on your assets you could see a 60k swing In a single day in the equities market. Choose quality of life whenever you can.
    Dec 50
  • Intuit t0@y
    And where this 240k TC in non FAANG came from? There are non FAANG companies that pay 400+k TC + they have way better WLB and benefits.
    Dec 54
    • Target / Eng.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      OP
      I’m not sure this really applies to the poll at hand. I don’t doubt there are other companies that pay 400k+ TC with good WLB - Many if those companies aren’t discussed or even mentioned on Blind AFAIK
      Dec 5
    • What companies?
      Dec 5
    • Google / Engmaza
      Yes, which company
      Dec 5
    • Intuit t0@y
      Intuit, for example.
      Dec 5
  • Apple NoName!!
    Faang usually brings in people at lower level, but if you are good you won’t have a issue growing back to same level with a higher tc
    Dec 51
    • Apple NoName!!
      You mentioned family, that is more of a reason to make money , lots of it college is not cheap.
      Dec 5
  • Microsoft Dfcyhb
    First of all, your job title doesn't make sense at smaller companies. They can call you director or Ninja and it still works cause it's not standard. Being a principle there won't let you transfer as a principal in fang later, but if you are a senior at fang, you would transfer as a senior anywhere else. It's the industry standard.
    Secondly, if you can't do the job efficiently, fang isn't for you. Those people who work at fang have their own life and is managing them well. Those who can't, opt for lower tc and more wlb at smaller companies.
    In the end, it depends on your capabilities. Do whatever you like, if your stomach is full, rest of the problems are just inside your head.
    Dec 54
    • Target / Eng.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      OP
      I’m not necessarily agreeing with you in regards to title. I think when we discuss “Unicorns” most of them are relatively large now where the skill sets, title and responsibilities would transfer to other companies.

      I am really just curious to see how Blinders react to this question and whether or correlates to being single vs having a family
      Dec 5
    • Microsoft Dfcyhb
      Yeah then join the unicorn and move to fang at principle. Then the fang tc should be 500+. (just trying to say it doesn't co-relate)
      Your options doesn't include single vs married. Are you just going to guess that?
      Dec 5
    • Target / Eng.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      OP
      I was hoping for users to provide input in comments but I don’t think I was very clear with my poll :(
      Dec 5
    • Microsoft Dfcyhb
      Try another poll with unicorn at 300tc and fang at 240 tc. You will get fang responses there too. Tc is not the factor when people voted in your poll. Its simply fang VS non fang
      Dec 5
  • Target / Eng.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    OP
    It’s interesting looking at the results right now. I’m curious of those who voted for the higher TC do you have a family, or are you single and willing to grind out the work for long term financial well being?
    Dec 51
    • Salesforce GDUe46
      I am single and voted for the lower TC, I posted my rationale as a comment on another comment on this post
      Dec 5
  • Bloomberg iVX372
    Senior at FAANG, unless it's Amazon
    Dec 50

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