Any tech workers in Canada? Whats your TC?

Darkstore grayworm
Oct 19, 2019 54 Comments

I’m a Canadian SWE working in SF currently having some visa troubles between jobs and debating whether its worth it to move back to Canada.

I’m curious where you work (Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal) and what companies. Also, what is your comp and WLB like? Do the U.S. tech companies in Canada treat you the same as the crunchy soft bellied americans in silicon valley?

My impression of office work in Canada was poorly lit stuffy depressing offices with no little to no character. Is it still like that? Are you happy where you are?

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  • Facebook / Eng fakeit!
    I am in Vancouver (moved back from Bay Area earlier this year). TC: $400k ish USD.

    I am working remotely. My manager / director is not supportive but they will allow me to stay at FB till end of next year (2020). I will need to look for a new job after it.

    My advice is to join as US based company, negotiate aggressively and then transfer to Vancouver.
    Oct 24, 2019 6
    • Amazon bcif84ju7u
      My TC is ~300k in vancouver so it is possible to get more money but you gotta climb. I love that I live in a calm family area renting a whole house and commute is 15-20 mins on the bus. The time I save daily I spend with my kiddo. High TC in the bay area cannot compensate the lost time with family for me.
      Oct 25, 2019
    • SAP / Eng wyGk17
      Is it all Vancouver salaries?
      Nov 2, 2019
  • Darkstore grayworm
    OP
    Interesting, but cost of living is much cheaper in Canada. $200k will go much further in Canada than it would in SF. I guess this is the information I’d like to confirm.

    Edit: cost of living comparison SF to Vancouver seems SF is about 50% more costly to live
    Oct 19, 2019 14
    • Facebook / Eng bujo
      Are you doing a currency conversion? $764 USD? Most condos in Vancouver runs $1000+/sq ft.
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Expedia Group QLVF58
      Compare Van to Seattle and not SF.
      Also, remember taxes are generally way higher in Canada.
      Oct 24, 2019
  • Zynga parott
    If your working for a Bay Area company you’re fine.TC usually between 150k CAD to 200k CAD. God forbid I ever end up at a Canadian company-if it comes to that I will have to immigrate elsewhere
    Oct 19, 2019 6
    • Zynga parott
      Amazon,Google,Microsoft,salesforce,zynga,shopify,paytm,few AI companies.These are the ones I know of .Im sure Slack,Coursera and few others pay as much.
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Darkstore grayworm
      OP
      Postmates has a small office in Van as well
      Oct 19, 2019
  • Google Rilakkuma
    OP you're trying very hard to rationalize moving back. The fact is you'll have considerably less money when you're talking about long term TC and savings, after all expenses. There's no other way to spin it. Taxes are also higher in Canada (in BC the marginal rate is basically 50% once you hit 200k).
    Oct 19, 2019 1
    • Google dontbe3vil
      This. So OP, it makes sense to move back if other factors such as closeness to family are in play - does not make sense from a purely financial perspective
      Oct 19, 2019
  • KLA-Tencor hGFE21
    what visa problem? i m on TN also m considering hopping soon. do i have to resign first and wait for visa before atarting at a new company?
    Oct 19, 2019 1
    • Darkstore grayworm
      OP
      No, find a new job first and ideally get them to file the petition for another TN and upon receipt you can resign and start at the new company
      Oct 19, 2019
  • Move
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    125k here 😭😅 IN Vancouver as well!
    Oct 22, 2019 9
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      Are you a SWE?

      120 is.. OKAYish, definitely not FANG level
      Nov 2, 2019
    • Morgan Stanley anony101
      Yep i am a Senior SWE and i am in Montreal. Considering the average income here, i think its okay ( i agree its not FAANG)
      Nov 2, 2019
  • Google dontbe3vil
    Offices are on par. Pay is 70% to 50% of the Bay area.
    Oct 19, 2019 4
    • Facebook / Eng bujo
      It won't. TC is based on local cost of labor which in Canada is considerably lower. Its the same reason FB Vancouver pays much less than FB Seattle
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Google dontbe3vil
      It's all supply and demand though - if enough startups crop up/enough large companies open up offices, they will compete and salaries will rise
      Oct 19, 2019
  • Facebook / Eng bujo
    Vancouver is equally as expensive as the Bay Area for housing. But rent is cheaper in Vancouver and Property taxes are a fraction of what it's in Bay Area. If you can have a house paid off in Vancouver, then $200k gig is a decent income to live like a king / queen.
    Oct 19, 2019 2
    • Zynga parott
      Or save the $$$ and buy a house in Montreal /Calgary
      Oct 19, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng bujo
      Montreal is nice but I could never do Calgary.
      Oct 19, 2019
  • Google dontbe3vil
    Where do you get the 50% number? Housing in Vancouver is close to sv cost and most other things - groceries, gas, cars etc cost as much or more
    Oct 19, 2019 1
  • IBM / Eng yikyakker
    Mine is 100k is a VLCOL area
    Oct 20, 2019 0

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