What level to expect when moving to FANGs from small city, no-name company

New / Eng JClimacus
Feb 1, 2018 16 Comments

Gearing up to move to Seattle/SFBA after ~3yrs exp in a small US city (pop. ~300k). I have some good empirical points in my resume (user growth/revenue/etc) but what's really considered when I'm effective coming from an unknown company? How much is my experience valued compared to working at another known tech company?

Two co-workers who've made the same move recently signed on as Apple ICT2 and Google T3 with 1yr & 2yrs exp respectively. Would feel weird starting at the same place as a new grad.

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  • Snapchat / Eng
    DaddySnal

    Snapchat Eng

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    DaddySnalmore
    Small US city of 300k 😂😂😂

    A small city is like 10-20k man.
    Feb 1, 2018 2
    • New / Eng JClimacus
      OP
      I just call those towns or villages, lol.
      Feb 1, 2018
    • Boeing / Eng Smart🐴
      In Seattle we calm them homeless encampments.
      Feb 1, 2018
  • Microsoft fNEH83
    Expect to get shafted on your compensation.
    Feb 1, 2018 1
    • Facebook wiggl
      This. The numbers will sound big and you'll want to say yes as soon as you hear them. Research their range of offers first.
      Feb 1, 2018
  • Microsoft BlackChain
    The level of tech bro-hood you have never experienced before, that's for sure
    Feb 1, 2018 0
  • Facebook Toasted
    Learn how your company communicates and how to only get signal and not noise. Can't pay attention to everything like at small company and the people who pay you don't pay attention to everything you do so you have to communicate that.
    Feb 1, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng ijk
    It might be very tough to jump to FANG directly. But you could definitely target middle level. Like a medium or big company (not FANG) in Austin, Boulder, Chicago or so. Try to switch jobs every two years. You should achieve your dream. It just takes some time.
    Feb 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng iNPP86
    I got L5 coming from a company of < 100. I don’t think the size of the company matters that much at L4,5,6. Your personal impact matters more than what the company as a whole does.
    Feb 1, 2018 5
    • Snapchat / Eng
      DaddySnal

      Snapchat Eng

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      DaddySnalmore
      5 is still pretty junior. I know people 2y exp getting 5.
      Feb 1, 2018
    • New / Eng JClimacus
      OP
      How much exp did have prior?
      Feb 1, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng iNPP86
      ~3yrs. 4 is junior, 5 is regular and/or team lead, 6 is senior.
      Feb 1, 2018
    • Snapchat / Eng
      DaddySnal

      Snapchat Eng

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      DaddySnalmore
      2-3y is junior IMO.
      Feb 1, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng iNPP86
      So you’re saying I got a promo ;). I was talking levels not years in the second sentence.
      Feb 1, 2018
  • Apple iWork
    It really depends on the company. I joined A large company after 2 years of experience and then got promoted in a few months so don’t gawk at a new grad level job. In terms of experience, it again depends on the company or even the hiring manager. I know some managers who is very biased by the class of education and another who only looks at what technology you’ve used before, both at large corporations. What you will have the hardest time doing is getting the initial interview, but because the interview process weeds out even the good ones, they can usually trust you’re competent once you’re hired.
    Feb 1, 2018 0
  • Wells Fargo kcn38
    Sausage fest.
    Feb 1, 2018 0