What company to choose next?

New RXDe10
Sep 18 9 Comments

I am a SWE with 8yoe, in the Bay, and am getting very bored of my current job, so looking for a change.

I am generally interested in infra stuff, both low level (networking, kernel, ...) as well as higher level (distributed systems, databases, ...).

The things I value, in order, are:

- Interesting work (ideally a mix of SWE/SRE since again, I like infra)
- Competitive TC (I'd like to push for ~400k this time)
- Experienced coworkers from whom I can learn, willing to teach
- If possible, reasonable working hours (I'm ok to be in the ~45-50h/week on average, with occasional sprints up to 60 maybe)

I currently interviewed at FB and got offers at E5 for both Production Engineer and SWE (yes, I did two interviews), but I thought I'd check on Blind to see if there are any suggestions I might not be considering, since I'm not in a rush.

Not making it a poll because I'm not sure of the options (that's why I'm asking).

Thanks!

Current TC: 350k

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TOP 9 Comments
  • Microsoft / Eng kwodk
    wow u are so successful, cracking fb e5 is not easy.
    Congrats btw.
    I think u should try to climb up to M1 given your existing tc is already high, not worth for another swe role.
    My two cents.
    Sep 18 3
    • New RXDe10
      OP
      Thanks. I have tried management but I really, truly don't like it. I feel so unproductive when I am not in the trenches building actual stuff, debugging, troubleshooting, deploying, ... Really not for me.
      Sep 18
    • Microsoft / Eng kwodk
      anyway u are very successful, u can do anything u want.
      can u give me some hints on preparing the interviews?
      Sep 18
    • New RXDe10
      OP
      I just did some LC and have a very solid foundation with systems and computing, so I was able to have interesting discussions with the interviewers. LC were standard easy/medium.
      Sep 18
  • Samsung samsungMTV
    How are you making 350k with only 8 years experience? Do you get RSUs?
    Sep 18 4
    • New RXDe10
      OP
      Base is 230, some variable cash bonus (20-40k usually) and the rest equity. It’s pretty normal in the bay.
      Sep 18
    • Google foony
      Prep a lot and get lots of offers for negotiation. My highest offer was 550k at 8yoe. Also don't negotiate against yourself.
      Sep 18
    • New RXDe10
      OP
      But which companies would you suggest I try?
      Sep 18
    • Google foony
      Sorry, was talking to guy before you. I don't have specific companies to recommend as it's going to be extremely team dependent and dependent on what needs each company has at the time.

      I'd suggest keeping an open mind on companies and telling your recruiter exactly the sort of thing you're interested in / make it clear on your resume.
      Sep 18