TC and culture as hardware engineer in Google and Facebook, California

Maxim Integrated zyuk53
Oct 12, 2018 19 Comments

PhD + 2.5 yoe in a semiconductor company as an analog integrated circuit design engineer. Thinking of transition to hardware engineer role in Google or Facebook for a better TC. What is the typical TC in Google or Facebook? Any other thought about hardware groups there?
Got L3 offer from Apple as new grad before, so I know apple’s package and culture.

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  • Google HNXj38
    Google HWPA is just yet another Apple, culture wise. The only difference is you get underpaid and it's a startup and the phone we made is just crappy.
    Almost everyone I know around me used to work in Apple. they thought Google has better WLB and culture. So they came here even if their package doesn't even at the same level. It turned out that here is tiring because we don't know how to do the product.
    Wanna be the next who looks for something that doesn't exist?Think about it.
    Oct 12, 2018 4
    • Apple gf314
      Thanks, was wondering about this. A manager from our team at Apple went over to google and took a bunch of people. Some of them cited WLB as the reason. But if everyone’s from Apple it sounds like it’s just an Apple copycat, or will become one soon.
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Maxim Integrated zyuk53
      OP
      Is google HW travel as much as Apple, like to 20%?
      Oct 13, 2018
    • Google HNXj38
      Not for a year I have traveled 88 days. Do the math and you will see.....
      Oct 15, 2018
    • Maxim Integrated zyuk53
      OP
      Wow, bless you. How about workload? How many hours each day?
      Oct 15, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    timeout

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    Is Google serious about developing hardware?
    Oct 12, 2018 2
    • Google / Eng mad👩🏻‍🔬
      From TPUs to Chromecast, yes
      Oct 12, 2018
    • Google Bdoedekg
      Even if google is serious about hardware, it is another bet for Alphabet which will eventually fail like most bets! Sorry but people see this coming. Then what do google do with insane amounts of hiring/people in HW?
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Wow. That's a new perspective that I haven't thought about. I have already interviewed and awaiting result. Google is hiring like crazy so do you think it will change in the future when more resources are available. Of course no company will invest as much as Apple on the phone
    Oct 12, 2018 2
    • Maxim Integrated zyuk53
      OP
      Is google HW travel as much as Apple, like to 20%?
      Oct 13, 2018
    • Google HNXj38
      Hey OP you can check my reply in the last comment.
      Oct 15, 2018
  • Bottom line is you will be working at cutting edge stuff at Google. Even if there hardware doesn't see the light of day I don't think it would be a problem finding a job after work ex at Google. Now if you are moving from Apple I may think twice about that but for people coming from smaller companies it's still a good opportunity
    Oct 13, 2018 1
    • Maxim Integrated zyuk53
      OP
      Agree with you.
      Oct 13, 2018
  • Intel Orirj737
    What is your current TC?
    Oct 14, 2018 0
  • Analog Devices lassitude
    Hi
    May 16 0
  • Well the pay isn't great. Just do software salaries minus 1. So hardware L5 gets software L4 sand so on
    Oct 18, 2018 0
  • But mostly Apple
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • And Qualcomm
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • They have hired a bunch of people from Intel as well
    Oct 12, 2018 0