Best path from Amazon Vancouver to Google USA

Dec 22, 2017 21 Comments

Im almost at my second anniversary as SDE2 in Vanvouver, 99% will get promoted to SDE3 in the next year.

My ultimate goal is to work for Google in USA. Already had a Google insite for their office in Europe, didn't pass unfortunately, and then moved to Van to work for Amazon.

The choices I have:
1. Wait until I get to SDE3 and then try joining google at higher level.
2. Move to Amazon in Seattle and wait for my Green Card. But that's 3 years of waiting.
3. Try joining Google in Canada and get a L1 transfer later on.
4. Apply to Google US directly and hope for H1B.

Which of these would be best?


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TOP 21 Comments
  • Amazon ushevrufkt
    You can take I-5 South the whole way
    Dec 22, 2017 1
    • Upgrade / Mgmt

      Upgrade Mgmt

      😀😀😀😀 best one. For worst question 😜
      Dec 23, 2017
  • Google kaDe87
    I can’t comment on visa issues, but even if you get to a higher level at Amazon, it won’t make much difference to Google. You’ll still almost surely come in as L4 unless you destroy the interview and already have a lot of experience.
    Dec 22, 2017 9
    • Amazon gandak
      @google what factors is the Google leveling based on? In other words, how do I increase my chances of getting in at L5 there?
      Dec 24, 2017
    • Google / Eng noogler 2
      Join Google at level 5 is super hard. I knew guys who are at their 40s and had their own startups joined at L5 FYI
      Dec 27, 2017
  • LinkedIn peepl
    If you don't mind me asking. How much do you get paid
    Dec 23, 2017 0
  • Pure Storage / Eng Leetcode99
    No worry about visa, just solve as much Leetcode problems as you can, like me.
    Dec 23, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng somecsdude
    Cmon you shouldn’t take that as a ultimate goal. Google is just a company, so are other ones. There are plenty good companies here.

    Other than that, I recommend get promo first
    Dec 23, 2017 1
    • Amazon 736154
      I didnt mean that as my ultimate goal in life or anything)) I ment as my ultimate goal in terms of career in the next few years
      Dec 23, 2017
  • Google lyhfSer
    Are you Canadian?
    Dec 22, 2017 1
    • Amazon 736154
      No, Im from Russia
      Dec 23, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng

    Amazon Eng

    Sabre Corporation
    Apply for a Canada position. At right level, you might qualify for a L1A visa and green card is current for L1A visa holders. You should've worked outside US with the same company for atleast 1 year before applying for a L1A visa.
    Dec 28, 2017 0
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    Qualcomm, Nokia, Apple
    Hardware Tinkerer, Software Engineer, Musician, Painter, Moving Helper
    Take a promotion and be careful about moving here, the immigration policy is not as friendly any more I hear
    Dec 23, 2017 0
  • Facebook fuTW70
    Apply now to the US positions, if you nail the interviews, you’ll know if you won the H1 lottery in April. If not, ask to switch to Canadian office.
    Dec 23, 2017 0


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