Walmart - Machine Learning Engineer 3

New 0hcow
May 14 53 Comments

Got an offer from Walmart and speaking with some top companies.
How to evaluate this offer?

Tc - 182k
Base - 140k
Bonus - 20k
RSU - 22k - vested over 4 years and starts from 2021 - which is crazy.

Am I being lowballed?
Fresh grad out of college with a masters degree in CS and prior industry experience of 2 years before masters + a ton of publication record (better than some PhDs)

Location: MountainView CA

Need advice...

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TOP 53 Comments
  • Well definitely low balled considering mountain view, and if you have a great publication record try other companies where you will be able to get higher I think and a more researchy position.
    May 1414
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      There is no DS 3. I think some thing has changed ... are you joining Sunnyvale Office ?
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      They were open about it. Most likely Sunnyvale office.
      May 14
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      There is no DS3 there is DS. They can not create a level for you :-). Internal levels are X3 X4 etc ...
      May 14
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Do not worry about title that much ... personally you can switch SE vs DS a pretty easily
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      Yes, that's true but the RSU really are bad as opposed to competitors. Like really really bad. Not even close to the competition by a huge margin.
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      @rand.randm - how is your experience been at Walmart?
      Pros and cons both would be useful to gain a better perspective.
      May 14
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Depends upon the team. It has been a mix bag. Good for me in terms of $$$ and growth. For early engineer the biggest pro will be to work on exciting meaningful problems if you end up in the right team. Biggest con is that the talent is below average overall and top companies might have that bias when you interview with them if you plan to move. This is becoming worse with time. That said if you are talented it should not be a problem unless you get complacent and are willing to work hard
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      What would be your suggestion - unbiased to move forward and how to approach other companies?
      I am not sure about the team on whether it would be good or bad as they said that the team is new.
      Glassdoor also had lots of negative comments or average comments with very few positive comments.
      May 14
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Pm me about the team can share details
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      Done. Have pmed you
      May 14
  • Wayfair WNEm45
    It's a good offer for Walmart. Why not wait it out and get another offer?
    May 146
    • New 0hcow1
      Going to do that. How to increase the waiting time period for the offer.
      Any tips?
      May 14
    • Wayfair WNEm45
      Tell HR that you're still interviewing.
      May 15
    • New 0hcow1
      Yes dud that
      May 15
    • New 0hcow1
      Did that already but they are pushing to make decision
      May 15
    • Wayfair WNEm45
      Discuss directly with hiring manager not HR.
      May 15
    • New 0hcow1
      Ok thanks for the advice
      May 15
  • Deloitte broadway74
    lol you have no experience and concerned you are low balled at $182k
    May 143
    • New 0hcow1
      Yes, given the structure of the RSUs, it is extremely bad amount. Only Base is good in this offer.
      May 14
    • Veritas randomhand
      He does have experience though
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      I think it is low balled as the costs in the Bay area is huge.
      Additionally, Amazon offers around 120k RSU and that is over 4 year period starting from 2020, not 2021.

      So, there is a 100k flat difference in the RSUs itself.
      Plus no free food according to Glassdoor at Walmart. All of which comes into the picture as well.
      May 14
  • Target bonobos
    This is their standard offer. Negotiate with other offers
    May 143
    • New 0hcow1
      How to get negotiate a better offer with others - suggestions and how to quickly get those companies to do onsite interviews?
      May 14
    • Target bonobos
      Get competing offers. Tell them you are still interviewing or have other offers. If they like you. They usually will usually negotiate and match the highest one.
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      Yes trying very hard to get competing offer
      May 14
  • I didn't know one could get MLE 3 as new grad. How did you pull it off - publications?
    May 143
    • Walmart hires Machine Learning engineers as Software Engineer 3 level
      May 14
    • And machine learning engineers are generally hired as a new grad
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      Publications - Some through collaboration. Other through individual effort all the way.
      May 14
  • Walmart.com rand.randm
    182 TC for a fresh grad is not a lowball. In fact it is at top tier for SE3. Having publications is great ( several folks including me have those). But that does not command a premium unless you join a research lab. Check out folks with PhD at WalmartLabs, you will get my point.
    May 142
    • New 0hcow1
      OP: Can you elaborate more on what is the point I am missing.
      I thought that this is the average offer. Paysa helped me to gain perspective of the average offer.
      May 14
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      This is among the best offers for SE 3 fresh out of school. Having publications does not give you a enough premium at WalmartLabs. You can see people with several publications in top tier conferences with hundreds and thousands of citations at Labs. This is bit more than avg.
      May 14
  • New 0hcow1
    OP here
    Thank you everyone for the advice
    May 140
  • Nvidia wagecuck
    You need to divide stocks by 4. Your tc is wrong.
    May 143
    • New 0hcow1
      Yes, you are right. Can't update original post.
      May 14
    • Oracle sigmund
      Top right ··· -› "Edit"
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      Yes, that account got banned.
      May 14
  • New 0hcow1
    TC update - 165k
    May 142
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      You are also missing on yearly refreshers. Your TC will be 165K for first year (min), 170K second year (min) but most likely by end of second year you will get a promo to SrSE if you perform well. Also bonus here is Sign on if not push for that ... for SE3 bonus is 16% of base and go up based on your rating. Also did you get new hire RSU’s?
      May 14
    • New 0hcow1
      They did offer that and that is part of the bonus which is 16%
      May 14
  • Can you tell us more about your interview process?
    May 142
    • New 0hcow1
      The interview was basically good. Tested on coding - level would be medium of Leetcode.
      Apart from that questions on background and in detail explanation required for machine learning concepts, how I solved a given task from my resume and was asked to explain it in detail.
      There were questions on fit and ML-based coding questions as well - all of which required a revision of basic ML textbook and practice of leetcode.
      May 14
    • Neurocrine python 4.0
      Thanks. Very helpful 😊 Did the interview involve writing the actual code that passes every test case or more of an algorithm discussion and writing pseudo code?
      May 15
  • Samsung 566;)effyw
    Location?
    May 141
    • New 0hcow
      OP
      MountainView CA
      May 14
  • New 0hcow1
    Anyone with experience on how to get them to go higher?
    May 140
  • New 0hcow1
    Anyone with referrals from competing companies?
    May 140
  • New 0hcow1
    Yes they did offer that
    May 140

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