Google L3 vs. AWS L5 vs. Compass Senior SWE Offers

Jul 11, 2019 29 Comments

EDIT: Google upped offer to 280k, added more notes

Narrowed it down to 3 offers, looking for insight.

Google L3
Mountain View
Pending team match
TC: 250k -> 280k
- Googles been the dream
- got downleveled to L3
- with stock refesh/perf bonus, will be close to 300k after 2 years
- semi-quick L4 promo due to downlevel

Amazon L5
TC: 250k
- Team is exciting for career
- seattle is cheapest city
- zero state tax

Compass Senior SWE
New York City
TC: 350k
- highest TC and leveling

YOE: 5

Let me know if theres anything I can add.


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TOP 29 Comments
  • Facebook / Eng mturtle
    Fucking google. Why did they even bother making offer to you if it is such a shitty downlevel. Go with amazon. AWS AI will be really cool.
    Jul 11, 2019 4
    • Facebook / Eng mturtle
      Yeah, except that google does this all the time. Every day there is a post like this. If OP did bad in interview, just dont make offer. Downlevels like this are insulting. OP is from apple; he is obviously decent.
      Jul 11, 2019
    • Google jhgb
      Google downlevel people for sure, but working at apple doesn't mean he should uplevel going to G. FB downlevel people too when they are not qualified. There's a huge difference between no hire, L3 hire and L4 hire
      Jul 11, 2019
  • LinkedIn rappuh
    Go for the one that is best for career. Google is not amazing anymore, not worth getting down leveled
    Jul 11, 2019 0
  • Amazon zingdon
    AWS or Compass.

    If you're good enough to be an Sr. SDE Compass, you're good to be an L4 at Google. Fuck Google.
    Jul 11, 2019 2
    • Amazon / Eng mOwGLee
      ^^ Dont worry about Google, all the reputation and crap. If you think you can handle the responsibilities of a senior at Compass, go for it. Else, go for AWS L5. I know two experienced L5s moving to google as T5. Its just about getting the right opportunities to learn and grow.
      Jul 15, 2019
    • Compass / Product

      Compass Product

      Comcast Business
      Lol that's definitely not true. There are some garbage senior developers here at compass. And given what has happened with WeWork, our valuation is way overvalued
      Jul 19, 2019
  • Qualcomm / Eng parrotcork
    Amazon! And congratulations!!!
    Jul 11, 2019 2
    • Apple yhw
      Thank you!
      Jul 11, 2019
    • Qualcomm / Eng parrotcork
      Do give some inputs on how you prepared for all of this you can DM me ! This seems lot of work . And It also sounds from your description that you are inclined towards Amazon.
      Jul 11, 2019
  • Microsoft pmsquared
    AWS. Google is great but L3 vs L5 a joke.
    Jul 11, 2019 1
    • Google jhgb
      Amazon L5 is Google L4
      Jul 11, 2019
  • Compass oklol
    You won't do anything amazing at compass fwiw and the rsus have probably 3 years to become worth paper. I'd personally take Google or Amazon. Google's still the best benefits and would be my dream as well. TC is same as Amazon although you'll lose more of that to col and state taxes certainly.
    Jul 12, 2019 0
  • New pbYo77
    Congratulations on the offers. $250K for L3 is pretty good
    Jul 11, 2019 5
    • Apple yhw
      Yeah if I do take Google I wont be holding my breath for a quick L4 promo. I’d basically swallow the L3 pill.
      Jul 11, 2019
    • Amazon / Eng utu
      Promos take a little while at google, but you’d have google on your resume. For 5 YOE, that’s a tough pill to swallow, especially coming from Apple. 3.5 YOE non-faang sounds right for L3 to be completely honest, though Blinders will tell you it’s down-leveling.
      Jul 11, 2019
  • Google jhgb
    Google is great but not worth L3. Go Amazon for step stone to other faang or Compass if you want nyc
    Jul 11, 2019 0
  • Compass BBXJ23
    This really depends on your risk tolerance. Compass will be higher risk but higher potential reward compared to FANG.
    Jul 12, 2019 0
  • Google / R&D screwdriver
    What is compass? It makes me curious
    Jul 11, 2019 1
    • Capital One / Eng codezilla1
      Real estate “tech”
      Jul 11, 2019


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