Splunk principal expected TC-base & rsu

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Jan 15 22 Comments

About to talk to recruiter about offer numbers for principal engineer position. I've 11 yoe and interview loop as per feedback was solid. I was asked to come up expected number for base (recruiter said bonus is 15-20% of base for principal) and rsu. Does 200k base with 800k in rsu over 4 years in a good ballpark or am I asking too much? How much more less or more would be in a good ballpark.

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  • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
    So Splunk hires their Principals from American Express? Ouch. 😂
    Jan 15 6
    • Splunk / Eng QALr63
      ^ this LMAO
      Jan 15
    • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
      Of course, I believe you. Everybody on the Internet and their dog has a L6 offer with Amazon, but the question is do you have a Principal offer?
      Jan 15
    • American Express / Eng
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      What's your level kid? Splunk principal maps to high L6 at Amazon
      Jan 15
    • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
      L7, kid.
      Jan 15
    • Splunk
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      MrSplowmore
      Splunk principals are mid to high level L6. L7 maps to senior principal.
      Jan 15
  • New DvVM00
    sounds right. with 15-20% bonus that indicates splunk does not pay well. (should be 25%). so the low base and RSU you cited are in line with that.

    (principal should be $750-$1mm TC at an SV tech company of their size)
    Jan 15 5
    • American Express / Eng
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      from levels.fyi, principal TC at
      Microsoft is 287k
      Facebook E6 is 554k
      Amazon is 519k

      Seems most if the industry is paying in 500k range. Where did you get $1mm from?
      Jan 15
    • Splunk KE94107
      DvVM00’s numbers are off by factor of 2. Believing too many of the unverified pumped-up figures posted by boastful people here, no doubt.

      Principal = L5 here. Sr. Principal = L6. We have maybe two dozen L6 individual contributors out of headcount 1000 in our Products R&D engineering. And there are fewer L7s. They’re the $1M+ folks.
      Jan 15
    • New DvVM00
      i said 750-1mm.

      i was making 450-500 at google l6 and 650 to start at fb. thanks to lucky timing of stock that was 850 by the time i left. l7 at google is already in the 700-750 range and is not yet principal.

      now i’m principal at a startup with mostly imaginary comp but it’s vp equivalent (we share salary internally and i know i have the same total package as our early vp’s) which if you believe imaginary money has value is worth 1mm annually on the low end and maybe 2.5 if we hit all our numbers and have luck with timing.

      principal in general should be vp equivalent unless there the levels are highly compressed or there is title inflation.

      sounds from the splunker response that principal starts “early” at splunk and it’s a case of title inflation.
      Jan 15
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      MrSplowmore
      Correct, it’s title inflation, no higher than a staff engineer at google. From TC perspective, expect between 400 - 500k
      Jan 15
    • Splunk KE94107
      Each company decides its own titles and internal codes. A Splunk L5 is not expected to be same as a Google L5 or a startup’s VP. Go to http://levels.fyi if you give a hoot about codes and titles.

      What matters more for me is how much $$$ for how much effort / expertise / visibility. The higher the $$$, the higher the visibility (usually) which also (usually) implies lots of competition / office politics / backstabbing depending on your personality and those of the people around you. There are always trade-offs.
      Jan 16
  • Microsoft giradabba
    Wow didn't know splunk can pay that much!!
    Jan 15 2
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    You can go well above 200k for base. For RSUs, the days of outsized stock are over. I think it’ll be between 400k - 500k.
    Jan 15 0
  • Tesla / Other ishwbzheh
    They must tell the Numbers
    Jan 15 0
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    • Splunk KE94107
      Agreed. The recruiter is giving you a runaround. The first to name a figure in any negotiation is the one who cedes leverage. Tell the recruiter you’re confident that the hiring manager will come up an enticing offer and that you’ll consider it in light of your other options.
      Jan 15
    • Splunk KE94107
      Oh, and in response to Cjqc41: remember that you’ll be working for a hiring manager, not a recruiter. It’s unfortunate that the recruiter’s car-salesman’s behavior reflects badly on Splunk, but if I had a dollar for every time I’ve been disappointed by recruiters over the years, I wouldn’t have to work anymore—here or anywhere else.
      Jan 15
  • Microsoft giradabba
    How much did you end up getting?
    Jan 17 1