Compensation Tiers of Companies for Tech Jobs

Lazard fin/tech
May 22, 2018 70 Comments

By popular demand, I'm reposting one of my replies on another thread. This tiering is based on both trajectory and overall scale of total comp (base+bonus+stock) for IC positions. Edit: subsidiaries with the same pay go under the parent (e.g. Twitch and Amazon)

Based off of all the comp data points I've seen across blind/cscq/HN/google forms.. This is my tiering:

Public:
1.
Snapchat, Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Twitter, Apple, Amazon (L6+ only), Dropbox, Netflix, Microsoft (L64-66+ only), Cruise, Jet, Splunk, Roku, Oracle (OCI), Tableau, Cloudera

2.
Microsoft (<L64), Box, Amazon (L4-L5), Nutanix, Square, Yahoo (Oath), Yelp, Salesforce, Paypal, Zendesk, WalmartLabs, Spotify, Twilio + {insert top financial services companies with high tech spend.. e.g. Goldman}

3.
Adobe, VMware, eBay, Autodesk, Groupon, Unity, Zynga, Nvida, Intuit

4.
NetApp, Qualcomm, Oracle, Cisco, Tesla

Untiered.. because meh pay:
Samsung, HP, Dell, Sony, Intel, IBM, EA, Pixar, SAS, SAP

Private:

1.
Uber, Lyft, Quora, Airbnb, Pinterest, Stripe, Valve, Slack, Palantir + {insert all quant hedge funds and top prop shops}

2.
{insert all other brand name startups or private tech companies} + Bloomberg

3.
{insert early stage startups}

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TOP 70 Comments
  • Yahoo LiamNam
    My tier list, not based on compensation:

    Tier 0: Be your own boss
    Tier 1: Google, Facebook, Netflix
    Tier 2: Apple, Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, Square, Slack, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Robinhood
    Tier 3: Microsoft, Amazon, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter, Salesforce, Zillow, Snapchat, Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, Nvidia
    Tier 4: Cisco, Oracle, Yahoo/Verizon, SAP, Intel, Adobe, IBM, Intuit, eBay, PayPal, Juniper
    Tier 5: Everything else
    May 22, 2018 3
    • Microsoft jsAv07
      What is it based on?
      May 22, 2018
    • Microsoft Lololo101
      Oracle OCI pays a lot more then msft.
      May 22, 2018
  • Nice man! Also interesting to compare the levels at some of these companies at http://levels.fyi
    May 22, 2018 8
    • Chase tjPE83
      Yoe?
      May 22, 2018
    • Which numbers are off, is it all the levels?
      May 23, 2018
  • Microsoft jsAv07
    Apple in Tier 1? I think they pay less.
    May 22, 2018 6
    • Lazard fin/tech
      OP
      Dude, 60-100%+ refreshers are pretty big
      May 22, 2018
    • Amazon UUaT37cd
      Apple refreshers are much better than others.. they deserve to be at top.
      May 23, 2018
  • Microsoft HackSOA
    I believe this is the post that summarizes most of Blind. If you add TC ranges in the post - 80% of Blind posts can stop
    May 24, 2018 0
  • Microsoft wXrj81
    OCI should be top tier.
    May 22, 2018 1
    • Lazard fin/tech
      OP
      Will change +1
      May 22, 2018
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    • Lazard fin/tech
      OP
      Any pointers you want to throw in?
      May 22, 2018
  • Oracle / Eng Fhhgdj
    Tableau, Splunk, Roku are public. Oracle OCI be tier 1 at least pay wise
    May 22, 2018 3
    • Lazard fin/tech
      OP
      Had no idea thanks, will change +1
      May 22, 2018
    • Oracle / Eng Fhhgdj
      Ic3 in (250, 300) ic4 in (300 400)
      May 22, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng JimmyRi
    Very helpful thanks!! 🙏
    May 22, 2018 0
  • Microsoft THAT-Guy
    I don't think level 64 is as 64 as you think it is. In terms of comp, we're not on the same planet as Google and Facebook at level 64. Maybe 66...
    May 22, 2018 12
    • Microsoft AsyncIO
      That is true. But you hit a ceiling at all places if you want to stay as an IC. Most places don’t even offer these salaries to ICs no matter the experience level. But yeah I agree with you.
      May 22, 2018
    • Lazard fin/tech
      OP
      @AsyncIO is correct.. the idea is if you hit L6 at e.g. Amazon, your ceiling is higher than the tier 2s at the same level
      May 22, 2018
  • Twitch Noobpoo
    Amazon and Twitch have the same comp but are not in same tier?
    May 22, 2018 1
    • Lazard fin/tech
      OP
      That's kind of why I posted it so we as a community could crowd source the changes
      May 22, 2018

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