What kind of pay should I expect For Software Engineer New college grad (bachelor's) in RTP (North Carolina) at Cisco

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yayayayaya

Cisco Eng

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Microsoft, Northrop Grumman
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I.O.T Software Engineer.
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May 19 22 Comments

At Cisco it Seems like everyone know but no one wants to say..... I was thinking about starting here after I graduate but, I'm really considering just doing another term at internship term Microsoft as a masters student. The silence on this question is driving me mad.

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  • Cisco ynersaq
    Whoever said $100k in RTP is $140k in the Bay is a damn liar lmao I make $150k here under 30 and I own a house with land and can do whatever I want in NC. I would say $100k here is like 2-250k in the bay. Easily.

    However — to OP: you can probably expect like 90-100, but you want to do pure SWE work, so Cisco isn’t even your main goal. You should be shooting for FANG style companies, not just because they are great pay, but they’re pure digital and need SWE folks. Cisco does need them, but they don’t value them as highly as someone like Sales or Network Engineers. Go where the $ is if that’s what you’re trying to do.

    I do think you might want to bring yourself down a tad, though. It’s a long windy road ahead of you — be careful. Best of luck!
    May 19 2
    • Cisco / Eng
      yayayayaya

      Cisco Eng

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      Microsoft, Northrop Grumman
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      I.O.T Software Engineer.
      yayayayayamore
      OP
      I guess I just scared myself when I saw that I would potentially make 70k starting when In Seattle at Micro i was 108k starting. But, once i looked at it, it actually appears that micro isnt making all that much compared to me in terms of Cost of living. I dont want to soung bratty. Also, since we're blind to eachother, I hope my next question to you isnt bad: how did you manage to make it to $150k?. What level are you? I expect to start at G6 since I have work experience dating back to 2017 as a software engineer.

      Lastly, just to clarify, i plan to get my masters degree and work in embedded software engineering which mean both purely hardware and purely software. In other words, I operate at the data and physical layer. This is why I dont see how network engineers would be valued more (per say) than software/firmware engineers
      I would expected it to be of an equal value.
      May 20
    • Cisco ynersaq
      $70k as an undergrad in NC is pretty good, dude. You’re also not taking into account the ESPP, stock, bonus plan, 401k match that vests immediately, WFH pretty much whenever, 4 weeks of PTO every year, etc.

      I started around 70 and doubled it within 5 years. If you want Bay Area money, then go to the Bay Area — but don’t compare CoLs back and forth. $100k in Seattle is not even close to as good as $70-80k is here in RTP.
      May 20
  • Three years ago, during the interview they offered me 70k for RTP for new grad and I think 5k for relocation. I found it weird they didn’t even want to ask me coding questions. It wasn’t just me either, there were a bunch of people in line that were offered the same.
    May 19 2
    • Cisco / Eng
      yayayayaya

      Cisco Eng

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      Microsoft, Northrop Grumman
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      I.O.T Software Engineer.
      yayayayayamore
      OP
      They're goin to have to kiss my ass. I thought it was very strange that they didnt even want to look at my projects on github. I'm just going to use the fact that I got great and recent name recognition on my resume(2 terms at Microsoft and 1 at Cisco and 1 at Northrop Grumman) and persue my masters after this intership. Thank God for Blind app. Had it not been for this app, I would've resumed this internship without even leetcoding. Now that I know what's waiting for me at the end of the tunnel, I'm going to hit hacker rank/leetcode like mtherfcker

      Thank you so very much for your input. Because of everyone on here, I'm not going to be taken by surprise, I know what I need to do.
      May 19
    • Yeah, when they offered me, I thought the same too lol. I never took the offer. Keep up the motivation, it will pay off. Good luck bro.
      May 19
  • T-Systems tyranIT
    I would look elsewhere. It is easier to bounce around earlier in your career. You can live a great life on 80-100k early in your career in markets like Raleigh. There are probably more exciting orgs to join, if it was between Cisco and Masters...I would get Masters no doubt.
    May 19 0
  • Amgen Fin4eng
    Guessing $75-90k
    May 19 3
    • Cisco / Eng
      yayayayaya

      Cisco Eng

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      Microsoft, Northrop Grumman
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      I.O.T Software Engineer.
      yayayayayamore
      OP
      I hope not.... I made $7650/month as a Microsoft intern.... granted it was in Seattle but, if they offer me $75k I'm going to continue in school to get my masters.... I know I sound like a brat but, Cisco is way too frowned upon for me to just willy-nilly accept $75k. When U.S INTERNS Make more than that. Interns.
      May 19
    • Amgen Fin4eng
      Maybe obvious question I missed if it was in the OP. What company?
      May 19
    • Cisco / Eng
      yayayayaya

      Cisco Eng

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      Microsoft, Northrop Grumman
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      I.O.T Software Engineer.
      yayayayayamore
      OP
      Cisco.
      May 19
  • EMC yskV77
    It looks google has an office there... didn’t realize google had so many locations
    May 19 0
  • SAP / Eng
    manutd15

    SAP Eng

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    SAP, Cisco
    manutd15more
    IBM offers 110K for new grad SDE
    May 21 4
    • Cisco ynersaq
      No they don’t
      May 21
    • SAP / Eng
      manutd15

      SAP Eng

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      SAP, Cisco
      manutd15more
      Yes they do. That’s the offer they gave to me
      May 22
    • Cisco ynersaq
      I would bet my life it’s a standard $85k+ small bonus
      May 22
    • SAP / Eng
      manutd15

      SAP Eng

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      SAP, Cisco
      manutd15more
      I was offered 110K base + 15K signon. It’s a new grad backend position
      May 22
  • Google smellypoop
    100k at NC is 140k in bay. You could practically get a 1 bedroom apartment for 750 bucks there.
    May 19 1
    • Cisco / Eng
      yayayayaya

      Cisco Eng

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      Microsoft, Northrop Grumman
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      I.O.T Software Engineer.
      yayayayayamore
      OP
      Can you please refer me to google??? I am working in here at Cisco as A Software Engineering intern. I am leetcoding as we speak. I will likely be doing my masters in Machine Learning. Low pay terrifies me.
      May 19
  • Cisco vzIq77
    At Cisco RTP you can expect a base salary of 65-75k as a grade 4 (bachelors) or 75-90k (masters)
    May 19 0
  • Sizmek athV68
    100 k is extremely good for a bachelors student in NC
    May 19 0
  • EMC yskV77
    I’d shoot for 100k, but I don’t know much about the job opportunities in North Carolina. Unless you have roots there, I’d apply to tech hubs as well since you would get a relocation package
    May 19 0