Sharing offer numbers

Facebook / Eng XavierInit
Oct 4, 2018 32 Comments

Just joined FB as SWE in ML. 10 years of somewhat unrelated experience (not SWE) and PhD in CS before that.

Base/RSU/BonusPct/StartingBonus/TC. TC doesn't include starting bonus. In chronological order of offer.

Dropbox, IC4. 210/600/20/0/402
FB, E6. 225/1M/20/100/520
Google, L5. 190/920/15/100/449

Startup offers: base/equity(as options). The strike price for all options was close enough to zero

—AI startup in Reinforcement Learning, Series A, no revenue. 125/1%
—Ads startup, profitable, 200M revenue run rate, Series A. 225/0.08%
—Cloud startup, 100M revenue run rate, Series D. 220/0.1%


I didn't negotiate any of these. They were all the first offers presented. Google knew FB's numbers. I should've had a better strategy.

Blind helped me a LOT in my job search. I learnt how much I need to leetcode (I thought 20 solved was a lot). Learnt about Engg levels, and that they matter (I came from a place with no levels). Learnt about expected comp. Learnt not to go work at a startup.

Hope this post helps someone.

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  • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
    OP
    Thanks guys!

    I'm not qualified to advise on prep. I didn't know what Leetcode was or what a System Design interview was 6 months ago. I've also never been an interviewer in a leetcode style interview.
    I just followed what folks here recommended (leetcode mostly), and got lucky.
    Oct 4, 2018 0
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    • Microsoft Hottie4u
      I agree
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Qualcomm gVyA3dj
      I agree G is the best
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
      OP
      I was told the L5->L6 promo is notoriously hard at Google and depends on a lot of factors outside your control.
      L5 refreshers at Google are also much lower than L6 refreshers at FB.
      Oct 5, 2018
  • New
    uNSi04

    New

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    uNSi04more
    Is that like an ML engineer role? How relevant were interview questions to LeetCode problems?
    Oct 4, 2018 2
    • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
      OP
      Interview was like SWE, but system design was replaced by ML focused interviews at Google and FB (but not at Dropbox).
      Oct 4, 2018
    • New
      uNSi04

      New

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      uNSi04more
      Thanks!
      Did you work at a startup before this?
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Twitter / Product Pdgr
    Congrats! What were your startup offers if you don’t mind sharing?
    Oct 7, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
      OP
      Updated with startup offers. Can't reveal names (small world)
      Oct 9, 2018
  • Deutsche Bank Bingham
    >> Google knew FB's numbers. I should've had a better strategy.

    Can you explain a little ? Why would they offer lesser role and numbers if they knew FB number ? What should you have done differently you think ?
    Oct 5, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
      OP
      Google's level depends on interview performance and not competing offers AFAIK. I didn't do well on Google interviews. The recruiter said they'd match FB's offer if that's what was keeping me from accepting.
      I think I should've negotiated, but don't quite know how given the circumstances (one offer much better than others). My current comp is much higher, so maybe that should've given me leverage.
      Oct 5, 2018
  • Microsoft stardew
    G offer is it in bay area ? Its a great offer. Congrats on all offers OP
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
      OP
      Yes, Bay Area. Thanks!
      Oct 5, 2018
  • Indeed / Eng prsdnt
    Congrats. Are you IC or manager? Is pay higher for ML swe vs general see?
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
      OP
      IC. I don't think SWE comp changes based on whether you work in ML. But I'm just regurgitating what I've heard on Blind.
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Microsoft BlackSanta
    Congrats!

    Is the point of leetcode to give you practice solving challenging DS&A problems, or to familiarize yourself with specific problems in the hopes of being asked them onsite?
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Evernote matA43
      Both :)
      Oct 5, 2018
  • AppDynamics / Eng software g
    First of all congrats and good luck in your FB job. You said you did not work in sw before, how did you manage the coding interviews. Also E6 at FB means you must have done exceedingly well in design interviews. Any tips on how you prepared? Was your PhD in ML?
    Feb 8 0
  • Microsoft Obaama
    How many leetcode questions did you solve to get enough confidence and what was your strategy around it?
    Oct 5, 2018 0
  • Microsoft
    JohnSnow🐲

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    Cholesterol was little high but still fine. Could shed a few pounds.
    JohnSnow🐲more
    Congrats!
    Oct 4, 2018 0
  • Goldman Sachs bMNx07
    OP, how did you prepare for the interviews?
    Oct 4, 2018 0
  • Medallia hFEH36
    Its a good problem to have (trying to decide which offer is best). Good luck
    Oct 5, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
      OP
      I've already joined FB 🤔
      Oct 5, 2018
  • Facebook PKyn06
    What kind of work were you doing previously?
    Oct 4, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng XavierInit
      OP
      I worked on ML-like stuff but in a very different domain (not tech). Sorry, being a little vague here for anonymity
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Salesforce fabgt
    Appearantly, you joined the wrong month. Congrats on the offers though. Could never dream of those numbers
    Nov 2, 2018 0
  • Microsoft blind1186
    I can’t even imagine getting these many offers. Your skillset must be really in demand. How did you prepare for interviews?
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Microsoft JobHunt
    Congrats! How leetcode you solved(easy, med, hard). What you did for system design?
    Oct 7, 2018 0
  • Google iegb37
    Great offers
    Oct 4, 2018 0
  • Weight Watchers / Eng 🥳👁️‍🗨️
    Congrats!
    Oct 4, 2018 0
  • Townsquare Media Slutwhispr
    Congrats
    Oct 4, 2018 0