Sharing my offer numbers from big companies for your reference
I see many questions on compensation here and would like to help answer some of them with the limited data I have. I'd like to shed some light on what the industry is paying and also encourage people to negotiate hard.
I went on an interviewing spree recently with the big companies for an SWE position and would like to share some offer numbers. The numbers below are all annual figures. I have two years of professional experience.
1) Google - 140k base, 100k RSUs, 50k sign on, 15% bonus
2) Facebook - 160k base, 75k RSUs, 75k sign on, 10% bonus
3) Lyft - 170k base, 180k RSUs, 20k sign on
4) Dropbox - 160k base, 115k RSUs, 10k sign on
5) Airbnb - 150k base, 75k RSUs, 15k sign on
6) Palantir - 150k base, 50k stock options, 25k sign on, 25k bonus
TWO years of experience, figures above are ANNUAL.
I chose FB in the end because the TC was among the highest and I resonate with FB's move fast culture. I enjoyed talking to FB interviewers the most and they made me feel very welcome. Lyft's offer was great but it's not public after all (yet) and I'm more risk adverse. Also, the commute up to SF everyday will kill me.
Curious to know which you would have chosen if you were in my shoes.
EDIT - many commenters are asking similar questions, I'll answer them once and for all here:
1. How did you go about having so many overlapping offers?
I did my phone screens early and arranged all the onsites together at a later date. There was a huge gap between some of my phone screens and onsites. I set recruiter expectations early and told them when I would make a decision. I held some offers for close to a month.
2. What's your background?
Two years of professional experience. Bachelors. Non-ivy league school. Previously from a unicorn startup. I'm mentioning these because people ask, not that I think they matter.
3. How did you prepare for the interviews?
Sadly, do lots of LeetCode. I wouldn't say my method was very optimal as I spent two months and did around 200-300 questions before the interviews. Did all the easy questions, half the medium and a fifth of the hard ones. It's important to get both quantity and quality such that you can identify the pattern of questions on first sight and know what technique to apply. Cover a variety of topics. Don't have the mentality that you won't be tested on DP. Till this day I still do LeetCode for fun as I enjoy doing them. It has become a lifestyle for me. I also used mock interview practice sites. I didn't practice much system design questions as I felt that I was pretty strong in design for my field.
4. Are you bullshitting?
You can believe what you like since it's anonymous after all. Some commenters do agree that such numbers are possible, and they're totally right.
5. Did you get rejected anywhere?
Yes, I got rejected by some smaller startups at the onsite stage.
6. Why didn't you apply to Microsoft, Amazon, Apple <insert big name here>?
I did. I applied to every big company out there. But the application process of large companies is so noisy that chances of getting noticed are so low. Thankfully I had FB and Google referrals else I doubt I would have gotten a reply at all.
- Microsoftyuoh55Could you please share some insights on interview philosophies for these companies? Where did you feel the interview process was easy or difficult.
- LinkedInzwKL72Look, OP is clearly a rockstar. Even good people get rejected from interviews. I would suspect these offers are near the high end from all these companies. If your salary is less it doesn’t mean you are underpaid.
- CiscojfpgNoob question: do you also negotiate the year end bonus, or is that a standard?
- CiscojfpgHow many iterations of bidding can you do with companies in question? Did the ones that got outbid like Airbnb refuse to increase their numbers beyond a point?
- MarvellkgLv35Others have implied this already. But do you think your numbers are this high directly related to interview performance?
- Inteltheil70k sign on is huge. Any idea of how much it's taxed and how long do you have to stay at FB to receive it. I'm assuming also it's not lump sum? Congratulations.
- I love the fact you tell us you went to a non-ivy league school.
Like it matters lol
- I mean where did the idea that ivy league schools are so great come from? I only think of them as schools for the kids of rich people.
Stop and think for a second. How does the son of a rich person get automatically accepted, but another kid has to jump through a million hoops to get in?
Simple, the school isn't for the latter and the barrier of entry is high so he doesn't get in.
I always feel like immigrants came here and mistook the ivy leagues for something they are not.
- AirbnbBlahkotYou mentioned you needed referrals to get Google and Facebook? Does a unicorn startup not have enough name recognition to get an interview at Facebook or Google?
- QualtricsQ123Congrats OP. That's quite an accomplishment. Curious, did you tell about the real reason why you are looking for a new job? Recruiters usually try to low-ball if they feel you're in a rush to leave.
- SnapchatGordonColeOP: Did you interview at Apple? If you didn’t why not? If you did what happened?
- Convoyhuman1234How were you valuing the Palantir stock? Was that 51k ISO's vesting every year?
- This is a message for all those that don’t believe the OP.
It’s all about the interview performance!!! Most big companies won’t care if 2 vs 5 years of experience if they think you are really smart. Unfortunately, the interview processes have a very narrow way to figure out if you are smart or not: whiteboard coding interviews. I did the same thing that the OP did here: practice a couple of hours every day after work for 5-6 weeks before interviewing and my offers from those companies were very close (some higher some lower) to the OP’s. At the time, I had 0 years of experience though I had a masters.
- o_o how are your offers so high? I'm also at close to two years but mine (also multiple offers) are significantly lower (they independently all came up with similar numbers). Do you have any tips on how to negotiate to get better offers?
- I think the strategy is to linearly provide the offer numbers. I took the offers from the small startups (125 and 150), presented them to Lyft and Airbnb and they came back with 160 and 152 respectively. Then take those offers and give to Dropbox, FB and Google to "outbid" the earlier ones.Nov 29, 20174
- Amazon / PMSection XSince the stock options for the private firms are not liquid yet, do they give cash bonuses to make up for it?
- Google / Engulro22moreJust curious, how was palantir’s projected price compared to the strike price?
- PayPalJhingWhat do you guys think of a crypto coin for interviewing/compensation ? It will blow up ... haha