WalmartLabs base fair enough?

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got a verbal offer from Walmart labs Bentonville AR for software engineer 3, they are offering base 87k, annual equity, annual bonus of 20%, joining equity(still not sure how much). Is the base good enough for SE3 or should I request more? also how much should the joining equity(signon) be for my experience?

YOE: ~2yrs.
Education: Master's in Computer Science.

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  • Walmart.com s2a7
    People are getting 150K - 180K base out college at WalmartLabs in Sunnyvale. 87K at 2yoe is just unacceptable, irrespective of location. Don't ruin your career by joining Walmart at Bentonville. Try for positions in the Bay area at X4 level at least
    Apr 21 8
    • Walmart.com ๐ŸŒฒ50
      For X4 bonus is 20% and RSU is 40K. That RSU is not 1 time. It's granted per year, but vests over 4 years. So there's a ramp up for 4 years, starting from 10K to 40K per year, where it stays at 40K thereafter. However, in reality, it's more because you get promoted in 2 - 3 years time and each promotion adds 20 - 30 K in RSUs per year
      Apr 21
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      OnnC18

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      Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
      Apr 21
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Cost of living in Arkansas is very low and in the Bay Area competition for talent is fierce as well. I think 87K is pretty reasonable in Arkansas. You can buy a house for 200K there.
      Apr 21
    • Google vpdL58
      How is the culture and work at Walmart Labs? It sounds better that I would have expected
      Apr 23
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Culture is political , work is awesome if you get past politics and want to make a difference. You need to get right folks on your side to make change happen.
      Apr 24
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    Jkbukan75

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    I lived in the Midwest so I can provide some perspective.

    Your base plus bonus target is pretty good for 2yoe in Bentonville. SV SE3 donโ€™t get $180k base as far as I know ($140k is closer to reality). Even if thatโ€™s true, $180k sounds like a lot until you deduct about 15% extra tax from your income and paying $12k extra a year to rent lesser/older apartment. Forget about buying a house in SV, though you might be able to buy a decent house in Bentonville (I bought one in the Midwest making less than $87k).

    One thing is true: youโ€™ll have more opportunity to save up more of your income if you go a bit extreme on your cost saving strategies with the higher income in Bay Area.
    Apr 21 0
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    tech.ladki

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    Cost of living calculations are overhyped.
    The only two expenses that's going to make a difference for you are rent (at most $1000 more), and state tax.
    I'd anyday take 180K in SF over 80K in AR, coz even if I spend 100K in SF, I'll still save more than AR!
    Apr 21 1
    • Walmart.com shwethavah
      If you spend 100k of after tax money in Bay Area, you will be left with ๐Ÿ’ฉ
      Apr 22
  • Google EGC
    That seems low relative to SF salaries, but cost of living in AR is totally different...
    Apr 21 0
  • Walmart.com ๐ŸŒฒ50
    I agree, computations based on COL does not add up. Plus, your current comp matters a lot for your next job. With 87K current comp, OP will have a hard time asking for 120 even in Bay Area.
    Apr 21 3
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      I disagree, recruiters know that and they will adjust based on cost of living.
      Apr 21
    • Walmart.com ๐ŸŒฒ50
      Regardless. The bands are huge and Walmart recruiters are known to low-ball big time
      Apr 22
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      I was replying not in the context of Walmart. I agree, Walmart recruiters are in the bottom percentile of recruiters in the Bay Area. I have my own qualms with them. My cousin moved from Midwest to the Bay Area ( 2 year exp) and was able to increase his Midwest salary by 50%.
      Apr 22
  • This early in your career you need to focus on gaining the right type of experience, instead of TC. Offer is a low ball but which team are you joining and what will you learn there ?
    Apr 21 0
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    schrutfarm

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    I know people in Bentonville offered 90+ base, they all start at 87. Rest looks right.
    Apr 21 0
  • Magic Leap QqHd37
    I couldn't find sunnyvale or Bentonville on the website but basically the 180k in SF is equivelant to the 80k in Fayetteville. https://www.nerdwallet.com/cost-of-living-calculator/compare/san-francisco-ca-vs-fayetteville-ar
    Apr 21 0
  • Magic Leap QqHd37
    Consider that renting is at least 3-4 times higher in Sunnyvale and the state income tax is 10%. Cost of leaving in general is about twice/ three times as much.
    Apr 21 0