About blind

Jun 13, 2019 105 Comments

People here often say that Blind is toxic.


There are many posts that don’t contain any valuable info.
However there are also golden posts about Career/Immigration/etc. Sure before you find some of these real “diamonds” you will need to dig some shit. Maybe for significant amount of time. And I don’t mean only searching for the answers, but you will need to hone your skills as well (LC/System design/negotiations/etc)

I was able to do it, worked hard during last year, as a result got a few good offers and increased my TC from X to 2.8X (after tax, I will quit Microsoft this month, it is well known company, true TC, not paper money), got level bump as well.

Thank you Blind for the information!

Thank you for being amazing!


New TC: around 550k


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TOP 105 Comments
  • This is the kind of real-life encouraging story that makes Blind a wonderful and healthy nurturing environment for all. Let’s all grow and help each other develop into better providers for our families and human beings over all.

    Also, TC or GTFO asshole
    Jun 13, 2019 0
  • Susquehanna International / Eng Kristaps11
    And yet you forgot the first rule of Blind 😒
    Jun 13, 2019 5
    • Unity / Creative

      Unity Creative

      @Samaya To protect the dominance of the upper class in case the workers revolt and demand some rights like a decent dignified life. Police is the internal military force of the capitaist.
      Jun 21, 2019
    • Bloomberg cg_ny
      There is no rule. Anybody can post or not post what they want.
      Jun 22, 2019
  • Amazon / Eng nutboy39
    550. Sure.
    Jun 21, 2019 12
    • Oracle Clue
      @bezoz999 - Suppose he was hired Feb 2017 with a target compensation of $550K. AMZN was $835 / share. At $1900 / share, compensation would be around $856k now. Assuming no more grants.

      He wasn't an L7 at Amazon prior to two years ago ($330k), so I find this very believable.
      Jun 21, 2019
    • Yahoo / Eng putrsv
      We the people are part of the problem. 90% of us never like to help anyone. What goes around comes around. We get what we are. MSFT folks troll a lot.
      Jul 12, 2019
  • Microsoft insightfulsense
    i see a lot of selfish assholes who just want to know what Microsoft is doing for them. Talk about selfishness. How about all the whiners go buy a book and do something for the company instead. Feel sorry for all these whiners wanting a promo or raise handout ... how about focus on the company .. not yourselves.
    Jun 20, 2019 7
    • SAP CjMq15
      Many people think they deserve promo or more money based on just doing what's expected of less. Some think if they come early and leave late that somehow this qualifies as a big deal. Think about what it is that you really do and honestly you will come to realize that you are grossly overpaid for what you do.
      Jun 21, 2019
    • Credit Karma my_ex
      Got whole family working for MSFT? Think about the company.
      Jun 22, 2019
  • Gap / Eng randUser
    Blind increased my pay by 1.77

    Thank you all
    Jun 13, 2019 2
    • Google / Eng sparksjoy
      How? Just jumping to another company?
      Jun 21, 2019
    • Google Mr. Glass
      No, through the insider tips on how to ace interviews, negotiate offers, and which companies to go for. Information = win.
      Jun 21, 2019
  • Microsoft


    Facebook, Amazon, Google
    Lol OP, this is an example of the toxicity you mention. Good job making a humble brag post with no valuable info.
    Jun 21, 2019 6
    • New / Eng

      New Eng

      Try to trust more if you want to see perhaps an anonymous community is not a place for you
      Jun 21, 2019
    • EPAM Systems ExplodingBanana
      Haha, he just advised you to trust an anonymous community 🤣
      Jun 21, 2019
  • Microsoft / Eng cholical
    Without blind I would never have found out about Albertsons AI program.
    Jun 21, 2019 2
    • Nielsen papasmurf0
      Can you share a little more? Trying to enter that group (RaaS)?
      Jun 21, 2019
    • Amazon H2x2i1210
      I am L8. If they offer me the job for an L1 at Albertsons that would be a huge upgrade for me
      Jun 21, 2019
  • I nearly 2.8 Xed my TC. I had 2 YOE at that time. ( some airbnb paper money involved). 120k -> 320K. Base went from 110k to 175K.

    Credits to leetcode and blind.
    Jun 21, 2019 5
    • I told my expectations when recruiter asked during offer stage but they did not meet it (asked for 350k). And I never told my previous salary during any interviews.
      Jun 21, 2019
    • State Farm howmuchbro
      How did you prep using leetcode?
      Jun 23, 2019
  • Cisco rXeU48
    I don't know if Blind helped me or made me feel bad about myself when I saw all these TCs throws around. But it sure motivated to get up and start studying.
    The problem here is you don't know what's troll and what's true.
    Like this one. How are you suddenly worth thrice as much because you studied for a year on leet code?
    Jun 21, 2019 5
    • Cisco IFTL14
      That’s true. Seeing all these posts I feel I am under compensated. Time to start studying again.
      Jun 21, 2019
    • Microsoft anniejo
      the main thing is going from low payed company to high paid one

      microsoft pays shit

      facebook and google pays well, but there are other companies that pays even better uber, lyft, netflix

      so if you go from MS to one of these 3 - this would make a trick

      sure leetcode might not be enough and you might need to be a bit lucky to bump a level (system design, side projects, bring some value to the table)
      Jun 21, 2019
  • SAP cherno
    Also blind is not for everyone. We have been conditioned not to talk about salaries and derive a sense of status when its more than others around. That is why so many people feel bad instead of appreciating the information leverage. Companies will pay you as less as they can and the only way employees get power is through information. And blind just provides that empowering platform. Hoping to leave SAP soon. Blind made me confident that I can command atleast 70% more than what I am getting now even before starting convo with recruiter. And I am talking to a bunch.
    Jun 21, 2019 0


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