Are RSU and bonus standard compensation in tech companies?

Jul 12, 2017 25 Comments

Making 130k base with no other compensation at Boeing in LA area as an engineer. I do get profit sharing, which is only about 5k a year.. no bonus.
Never saw RSU in my industry other than senior managers or above.
Are RSU and bonus standard compensation for all employees at the tech companies?
How much should I expect if moving to a top tech company as a lateral?


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TOP 25 Comments
  • Google dougherty
    130k base + 15% bonus + 50k+ in annual stock
    Jul 12, 2017 6
    • Boeing / Eng newdude
      Is that just top tech companies that pays that well? Or is that throughout the tech industry?
      Jul 12, 2017
    • Pinterest muRD20
      Just top companies. Other companies try to recruit us away based on mission and warm and fuzzy stuff.
      Jul 12, 2017
  • I used to work at Boeing a long time ago. Getting paid $130k is REALLY high unless you are old. Congrats
    Jul 12, 2017 8
    • Keep in mind we have Google and FB ppl responding on this thread. They are at the top of the food chain. They're extremely selective. Other (non-FAANG) companies don't pay nearly as much. I see Boeing similar to a company like IBM or Oracle (if even that). For those companies the total annual comp is maybe 160k for senior. Also keep in mind that the cost of living is completely ridiculous here... Your $130 in LA is like $200 here in terms of cost of living.
      Jul 12, 2017
    • Boeing / Eng newdude
      Max salary Boeing will pay for an engineer is 240k set by hrpm. At that level, tech fellow, they get stock option and other gigs... that's rare salary... i believe most people who survived through layoffs end up somewhere between 150-200k at retirement.
      Jul 12, 2017
  • GE SCX
    Yes, they are standard, even for the nontech roles in tech companies. It's hard to say what a lateral would be, depends on your performance in the interview, but you could expect much better than 135k annually. APL, AWS, GOGL all have engineer openings in LA, good luck!
    Jul 12, 2017 2
    • Oracle pzd
      Apple Google Facebook Amazon are not standard. They are outliers in terms of compensation. Most tech compensation are like what OP described with little room for negotiation.
      Jul 12, 2017
    • GE SCX
      Disagree. A software engineer in LA that has decent skills should be in a tech company that gives 10-20% annual bonus and some RSUs.
      Jul 12, 2017
  • Rapid7 / Eng kodemonkey
    Depends on the company, I am answering for swe. Most companies offer base, bonus and/ or some kind of equity comp. For a middle level engineer your looking at 100k-140k 5-10% bonus and/or hundreds to thousands of dollars in stock options/rsus etc. It depends on your skills, negotiation and productivity. Not every company offers this and is dependant on your underlying industry and wether the company is a tech company or not.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • Lenovo / Product

    Lenovo Product

    Lenovo, Symantec, Dell
    Yes it is normal. Base $148k + 14% bonus + 30k RSU
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • Google / Eng vkfjejciic
    Go over to ViaSat and you'll get some RSUs as an entry level engineer. I got about $20k worth when I started a year and a half out of college, and another grant after a year. left after two years with 100k salary. I got bonuses but they're discretionary. They're pretty selective about hiring from other companies but since Boeing did their latest satellite I'd say you have a chance.
    Jul 12, 2017 0
  • Verizon / Eng ppenguin
    Depends on the company. My first gig paid all full time employees a minimum of $5,000 of RSU per year. If course more senior positions got more, but it was cool knowing that everyone working there was an owner in the company. Verizon on the other hand? No, I'm not aware of any engineers who get RSUs.
    Jul 12, 2017 0
  • Amazon P Bateman
    Would you take the money company X paid you and buy company X stock?? Probably not.
    Jul 12, 2017 0
  • Cisco / Product flareon
    Definitely not everyone at Cisco gets it. Probably depends on a department.
    Jul 12, 2017 0


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