Years between promotion

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kielbasa

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kielbasamore
Aug 13 9 Comments

Currently at L5 and it’s been 5 years since my last promo. Front end engineer with 15+ YOE, TC 330k.

Manager gives me tons of flexiblity and I can work from any office or remotely as long as I get my work done. Job is super chill. I still get to do fun work and my coworkers are mostly cool. I want to move to a lower cost of living area for a better family life with less stress.

Promo path is dire. Mostly have been CME or EE during perf, so next promo is far away.

Should I stay or try to find something better at another company? Don’t want to live in the Bay Area, NYC or Seattle.

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  • Google / Eng batmobile
    330k TC while being able to work remotely most of the time sounds really great. You also seem satisfied with team and project. Getting a TC bump worth the risk outside of Bay, NYC and Seattle seems very unlikely.
    Aug 13 0
  • Memorial Sloan tiddies
    take your TC to the Denver office lol
    Aug 13 1
  • Wayfair / Eng 64369th
    Denver and Nashville. Try Amazon Nashville. You can get a family house for $600k in a good area.
    Aug 13 0
  • Bloomberg 1048482919
    If you can work remotely from any office, what's stopping you from moving now while continuing your current job?
    Aug 13 4
    • Google
      kielbasa

      Google

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      kielbasamore
      OP
      My main issue is promotion. If I go remote then it’s unlikely I’ll ever get promoted again. However, moving to a lower cost of living location means a higher standard of living. I’m a bit torn on deciding between the two, hence the poll.
      Aug 13
    • Bloomberg 1048482919
      Makes sense. Do you have any idea of the sequence of events and timeline leading to your promotion? If not and there aren't any after your best efforts to define them, you might be wasting time hoping for one.
      Aug 14
    • Google
      kielbasa

      Google

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      kielbasamore
      OP
      Yes, I think it’s unlikely I’ll get a promotion in my current role due to the nature of the role and the structure of the team regardless of whether I’m remote or not. The plus of staying in my role is being able to work remotely in a lower cost of living area near family while keeping my existing pay, as well as the stability and benefits of working at a FAANG company.
      Aug 14
    • Bloomberg 1048482919
      Then the obvious course of action is to keep your current role, and move if COL is unbearable.
      Aug 14

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