Best companies in LA, San Diego, or Irvine?

Feb 20, 2018 34 Comments

I’m interning in San Francisco and I hate this place. Even for 150K starting TC, I don’t think it’s personally worth it. I would take 100K TC in Southern California over anything in the Bay Area in a heartbeat. Is this comp possible in Southern California?


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TOP 34 Comments
  • Disney Kill-
    Feb 20, 2018 7
    • Tinder / Eng

      Tinder Eng

      Cost of living is better in LA but homelessness is growing here too
      Feb 21, 2018
    • VMware / Eng Eeeeeek
      Bay not worth it unless you’re making 250k +?! LOL.

      Dude not everyone has such high cost of living. Maybe you’ve gotten a little too comfortable.
      Oct 3, 2018
  • Ring / Eng j5rC9)
    We can get you 150k starting TC .. submit your resume through linked in and just put the word "blind" at the very bottom in plain text
    Feb 20, 2018 8
    • Intel pb&
      Hopefully those RSUs are vested since Amazon likes to fire early and often. There's usually a 6mo-1 year transition period after the deal closes before acqui-hire headcounts get cut big time.
      Feb 27, 2018
    • Microsoft VonNeuman0
      Damn congrats guys!
      Feb 27, 2018
  • Qualcomm sysE
    San Diego is awesome
    Feb 20, 2018 1
    • But Qualcomm is meh =) I know I shouldn't throw stones though. =)
      Feb 20, 2018
  • New / Other Hyuex43
    I’m 100% on this level. Let’s just raise a round for a start up and move south. We’ll bring the capital and jobs there
    Feb 20, 2018 0
  • VMware / Eng nonamehere
    Blizzard in Irvine!
    Feb 20, 2018 0
  • Insightly


    Intuit near San Diego
    Feb 21, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MyStapler
    Depends on your role. MSFT has a few hundred positions, google has over 100 as well. Amazon has their studio business there. Netflix has pretty much moved to LA, while Snapchat, Disney, Activision, Riot Games, Aecom, Allergan, Qualcomm, etc are all based in LA.
    Feb 21, 2018 0
  • Credit Karma .,!
    You can expect 60-80k at most for new grad in Irvine area. There are google offices here but they only hire mid level engineers.
    Feb 21, 2018 4
    • Uber eaJE53
      At some level I know this is the right move and I’ll probably need to start in the Bay considering the differences in opportunities between there and So Cal, but I’m still in denial.
      Feb 21, 2018
    • Marvell 98765432
      If you’re single just live w roommates. Rent / mortgage eats up the most of your paycheck in the Bay Area. After that everything is fairly doable.
      Feb 21, 2018
  • Oracle K-9
    How much TC can we expect for Sr. Software engineer role in Irvine area in companies like Amazon, Google and MS.
    Oct 3, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm / Eng zHIy06
    Qualcomm and Intel both in SD
    Feb 21, 2018 0


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