Top paying companies in the bay area?

Autodesk jdhxuxbf
May 2 265 Comments

I'm a SWE with Masters and 8 YOE but feel like I'm very underpaid (TC: 200K).

I've been leet coding for the past 3 months and feel like I'm ready to interview with the top companies.

Which companies should I interview with to get the Max TC?

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TOP 265 Comments
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    FB, Netflix, Uber, Airbnb (not Google unless you can get them to match competing offer).
    May 2 60
    • Facebook / Eng onjetplane
      In what scenario do you lose 2-3 years of equity by joining a near-ipo company? Seriously. Make up some numbers. I dare you to give a halfway-plausible scenario.
      May 13
    • New / Eng SharmaG
      Dumb
      May 13
    • Netflix sadasay
      Some companies tax at time of IPO (like Pinterest). Some tax at time of lockout ending (which sounds like what Uber is doing). That's good news for Uber employee's because right now the company is trading at a $59B valuation. If you were taxed at $68B, then you'd be really unhappy.
      May 13
    • Lyft wXfl07
      Google might make an okay offer but they never give raises and they never give promotions. Only L3 to L4, maybe L5 when you are 40. If you want to be promoted way over your deserved level, Facebook and be an L9.
      Jul 31
    • AnchorFree 🍪 cookie
      Some people are happy when they have some water to drink https://www.charitywater.org/

      And they consider a low TC when there's no water to drink!
      Now go and be sad about your million or not million stocks. Living in a bubble. Like on another planet you guys are. Million more, million less.... what are you doing with all that money? Buy a wooden village style house in the bay area for 2 million? Great Success!
      Aug 1
  • Uber lost a $B
    Airbnb first to get their crazily high offer, then FNGU second so thet match your Airbnb offer
    May 2 33
    • New / Eng
      xWfO11

      New Eng

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      xWfO11more
      @bolo

      Google was not trying to correct your grammar, they were referencing The Matrix. Pretty sure It’s a meme not a personal attack.

      It’s relatively clear that you didn’t want to continue that discussion, because you just stated that its ‘too hard to explain’ rather than trying to explain. However, it totally makes sense that ppl on blind would still want you to explain, we just want your insight!

      You attacked @amazons personality for being appropriately curious about a company they don’t work at... thats why they/other commenters are pushing back against you.

      It’s fucked that people assume everyone on Blind is a guy. Maybe that person is sexist, maybe just unaware, maybe just an honest slip from a typically aware person. However, nobody knew you were a woman before you commented that you were.

      I Agree with you. Women can say no however rudely they want when men tell them they are required to do something to please them.

      But the dynamic in the original interaction had no such social hierarchy or hedonism from @amazon. They just wanted your help and knowledge so that we all can live better lives.

      Being as rude as you want, without the appropriate social context is just being a dick.
      May 5
    • Airbnb boIo
      @xWfO11 Thanks for telling me about the meme. Hasn’t heard that one.

      I thought I made it clear to Amazon I was a woman and didn’t want to talk (the “guy at the party” comment and when i said he couldn’t have my number, which I originally wrote then deleted because I wanted to make my message more clear). Maybe he just wanted more info, but I thought he pushed too hard.
      May 5
    • New / Eng
      xWfO11

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      xWfO11more
      Makes sense, perhaps i missed some of the deleted stuff. Have a nice Sunday :)
      May 5
    • Airbnb boIo
      You too and thank you for reasonable, measured response!
      May 5
    • SAP ksYR03
      @bolo I like fiery women. Want to have lunch sometime this week :P
      May 8
  • You are not underpaid. I am also tc 200k with 8 yoe.
    May 2 17
    • Salesforce notblind42
      @donkeycs tc breakdown?
      May 3
    • New / Eng
      donkeycs

      New Eng

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      donkeycsmore
      hedge fund, east coast. 135yr, 55-110k/yr bonus, 55 signing.
      May 3
    • @iblv, $210k maybe
      May 3
    • Oracle / Eng iblv
      What do you do? I think not in software role?
      May 3
    • Porno
      May 3
  • Airbnb lGWf08
    Airbnb can easily beat Uber offer, even without counter.
    May 2 7
    • Amazon aws1234
      yeah, 90% chinese engineers tho
      May 3
    • Uber Uberer
      True. Mostly chinese people there
      May 3
    • Airbnb boIo
      True. All of our interview questions have been leaked to WeChat and we can’t stay ahead.
      May 3
    • Facebook rentech
      Lol this is interesting to hear. All the Airbnb engineers I know are non-Chinese. Facebook on the other hand... is literally only Chinese people speaking Mandarin 24/7.
      May 3
    • Facebook / Eng
      wWdCG13

      Facebook Eng

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      wWdCG13more
      Facebook depends on the team. Most teams I have been on are the most diverse in any company I have worked in my 8 years in the industry. It is true that some orgs are not diverse. Unfortunately some of them also happen to be high impact orgs (like ads and ML). It is a shame that it is risky to transfer there because of the lack of diversity
      May 3
  • Toyota NullGfExep
    Why would anyone want to go to the Bay area? The dating scene is dead.... Doesn't matter if your TC is 1 million
    May 3 8
    • Amazon xkev80
      SF is a giant outdoor toilet for the homeless
      May 3
    • New / Eng DEV_ENV
      It's good if you have family and can get a job at one of the top paying companies, especially if both spouses are high earners. Bay area has some of the best schools in California. Also good area to live if you are single and either female or gay. Terrible place for single heterosexual male. No TC will replace a decent dating scene.
      May 3
    • Cisco meowwww
      Idk why people think the dating scene is so bad here. It’s going to be bad everywhere if you’re unattractive and don’t make an effort
      May 3
    • LimeBike scoodiot
      You complain about dating but have you actually tried?
      May 3
    • New / Eng DEV_ENV
      I lived in Bay Area for 4 years and in LA now. The difference is night and day. Yes you can have success in Bay Area if you are very attractive and have great social skills. I'm short and pretty introverted, but I have much better success here. Here just being financially secure and somewhat interesting is enough to find a girlfriend.
      May 3
  • Apple @pple
    FB/Netflix/Google/Apple
    May 2 20
    • Apple
      djeu63fhrj

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      djeu63fhrjmore
      For those said Apple gives low offers. Sorry you are just not good enough. Period.
      May 4
    • Apple / Eng fruitco334
      Yeah bs
      May 4
    • Apple ivit
      Apple refreshes are good, rest not so much
      May 6
    • Oakwood Worldwide / Eng dorbsz
      Only if I see a paystub to believe this. 8yoe is mid level at most. Total BS
      May 7
    • Amazon
      maxAb

      Amazon

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      Amazon
      maxAbmore
      I am from amazon with 8.5 yoe, getting 175k TC in seattle, is it low ?
      May 10
  • Salesforce t00r
    TCS, Wipro, Infosys and Huawei.
    May 3 0
  • Amazon 0xdeadpork
    FAANG
    Credit Karma
    Airbnb
    Stripe
    May 3 8
    • New arch135
      How’s credit karma offer for L5 SWE
      May 3
    • SugarCRM vqtM81
      Sorry but I think credit karma rsu’s are probably worthless
      May 3
    • Credit Karma iQuit
      The RSU's arent worthless. We are an actual profitable company. Just that your not going to get many of them compared to another company.
      May 3
    • Pinterest Dhdjdnnfux
      CK? Trolling?
      May 4
    • Amazon 0xdeadpork
      Not troll
      May 6
  • Palo Alto Networks / Eng
    jCjL72

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    jCjL72more
    The top 4 companies by median TC are Splunk, Facebook, Palo Alto Networks, and Google in that order. Look at SEC filings for hard numbers, there's some online articles that have examined them. Everything else is speculation.
    May 3 5
    • Microsoft / Product Overlordd
      Oh. I didn't know Splunk and Palo Alto networks pay well. What wod the TC there be at 8 yoe.
      May 3
    • Twilio UeCM65
      Here is the latest data for 2018:

      1. Splunk: $261k
      2. Alphabet: $247k
      3. Facebook: $229k
      4. PANW: $224k
      5. Twilio: $222k
      May 3
    • Facebook / Eng onjetplane
      SEC filings is all business roles, not just tech, so it skews the data for companies that hire many non tech.
      May 3
    • Twilio UeCM65
      Salespeople can make just as much as SDEs.
      May 4
    • Facebook / Eng onjetplane
      Sometimes. Ops don’t. Lots of other business functions that can bring down the median, or may be contracted. The SEC filings are also a bit weird about RSUs (counted when granted) which boosts growing companies above stable ones.
      May 4
  • Amazon / Eng RCMMT
    IBM, Oracle, and HP. Thank me later
    May 3 3
    • Oracle / Eng iblv
      Eww
      May 3
    • Universal Orlando RazzleDazz
      Look, I like a good troll, but this broke the Geneva Convention.
      May 4
    • Oracle blizzards
      Joke 😂😂
      May 7
  • Northrop Grumman HowCouldYu
    G
    May 2 1
    • Facebook / Eng ijyh
      Maybe in 2000s
      May 3
  • Pinterest / Eng hellokappa
    Try Pinterest, I've heard our senior engineers are getting paid very well - our RSUs are liquid now too.
    TC: 250K YOE: 2
    May 3 4
    • Microsoft whadaheck
      Leetcode bar at Pinterest is ridiculously high
      May 3
    • Qualtrics / Sales
      '🈚🀄🎶🈶'

      Qualtrics Sales

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      Microsoft, Qualtrics
      '🈚🀄🎶🈶'more
      Compared to?
      May 3
    • New / Eng
      griesrt

      New Eng

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      Flipboard
      griesrtmore
      I was asked a graph coloring problem during the phone screen. Seemed hard though it’s probably medium leetcode
      May 3
    • Microsoft whadaheck
      Young Interviewers at pre IPO companies have very strict standards almost to the point there is no way you can get a pass mark unless you practiced the question for multiple times before. Questions at Google may be harder but they are better at leading the candidates to success with hints at good timing and understanding various solutions while these inexperienced interviewers at pre ipo require bug free without multiple hints and with speed.
      May 3
  • Airbnb aAua85
    Any company that can beat 350k for 2YOE? Looking for an opportunity to bump my comp bit it's hard to find one that can beat what I have right now given my YOE
    May 3 8
    • Cloudflare / Eng myimouto
      you are very well paid for 2YOE
      May 3
    • Airbnb aAua85
      Sorry for sounding like an asshole but I just genuinely want to know what options are available out there
      May 3
    • Airbnb / Eng Kolb36
      To G FB, u will be L3, max 260k I don’t think any company can make it
      May 4
    • AnchorFree Israel
      How did you negotiate up to that salary with 2yeo? :O What was their initial offer? (are you a Masters/PhD grad?)
      May 7
    • AnchorFree 🍪 cookie
      is it part time getting laid with the manager and part time coding? how come 350 with 2 yoe wtf? are you a female?
      Aug 1
  • Palo Alto Networks rfdA66
    I’ve heard up to 800k at Netflix. Some of the real money though is in remote DevOps / SRE jobs where you can arbitrage say Houston, Texas (no state income tax, 5 bedroom house is 250k) and still pull down a 300k salary.
    May 3 4
    • VMware BiggySmlz
      Bs, remote dev ops going to India/eastern Europe. Where talent ok, pay nothing.
      May 3
    • Salesforce nocturn
      Wrong. This is more common than you think. I know full DevOps teams at Salesforce that are 100% remote all in the US. It's one of the most difficult roles to fill.
      May 3
    • VMware BiggySmlz
      Lol their job security isn't worth much looking forward.
      May 4
    • AnchorFree Israel
      oh my, Houston, live on the beach and get paid 300k is a dream.

      @VMware why job security isn't worth? You mean SREs will be replaced by AI soon? :D
      May 7
  • Amazon / Eng idk_
    levels.fyi
    May 3 0
  • Postmates setamtsoP
    Facebook
    Airbnb
    Netflix
    Google

    (FANG)
    May 3 0
  • New / Eng hei518
    If you believe you’re underpaid now, what is your target TC range, and why do you think you deserve it?
    May 2 0
  • Facebook public2
    Wherever you best negotiate.
    May 2 0
  • Airbnb FedUpBNB
    First, try the companies that you don’t care for. I would start with Amazon, Walmart’s and few startups. When you are confident in crashing continue with FANG. Airbnb pays the highest but might not be your best bet depending on what you wanna work on. If I were you I would give Google, Facebook and Netflix higher priority. I’m L7 and I have worked at FB and G before so I know a bit.
    May 4 0
  • Amazon. Just got an offer for 275k TC for 3 YOE
    May 3 6
    • Apple 49105829
      L5?
      May 3
    • Yes. L5
      May 3
    • PayPal / Eng
      OnnC18

      PayPal Eng

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      OnnC18more
      That’s a great offer .What’s the split? Base , RSUs , Signon
      May 3
    • Apple geography
      Wow L5 at 3 yoe. Well done !
      May 3
    • PayPal / Eng
      OnnC18

      PayPal Eng

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      OnnC18more
      People straight out of college are getting L5s now .But yes great for yoe.
      May 3