Google L6 salary decrease?

New xUBg01
Oct 29, 2019 35 Comments

I've passed the hiring committee for a L6 engineering manager at Google and I am being asked for compensation expectations. My current comp is a little high for a L6: $320k base / $200k cash bonus / $130k rsu per year (4year vest). Total comp $650k

I think my current level probably would be a L7 at Google, and my comp reflects that, but I'm OK to go down a level as I'm honestly bored in my current role and want a new challenge. 15 YoE

The question is, what comp should I request? I am not based in California.

Thanks for your help!

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  • Fastmail mi-gente
    Your base is 320k? What do you do for work ? What title ? How many years of total experience?
    Oct 29, 2019 5
    • New xUBg01
      OP
      I work in a technology lead role for a financial institution
      Oct 29, 2019
    • Fastmail mi-gente
      Tech lead ? What level ? Is it the big 3 Banks ?
      Oct 29, 2019
  • 320k base... πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
    Oct 29, 2019 0
  • Intel qgMJ28
    L6 salary ranges for california is $350-$450
    Oct 29, 2019 3
    • Intel qgMJ28
      Total compensation
      Oct 29, 2019
    • Google Uusl71
      Not sure what Intel is smoking, that's more like L5 at Google, L6 is more like 400-600
      Oct 29, 2019
  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    Never take a pay cut unless you think your job is at risk
    Oct 29, 2019 2
    • New xUBg01
      OP
      I work 13 hour days with meetings between 9-11pm 2 or 3 times a week and I don't feel challenged. I think better wlb and a more interesting role would be worth a reduction
      Oct 29, 2019
    • Uber / Eng itsdara
      That's what you get for outsourcing to India
      Oct 30, 2019
  • Google swinglyf
    I think a lot of people are wondering how we can apply to your job
    Oct 29, 2019 1
    • Google swinglyf
      FWIW, you probably won’t have to take a pay cut if you negotiate well. They can absolutely pay you 650k
      Oct 29, 2019
  • Google lGlb76
    I would be careful before doing this especially if you are relatively happy where you are. Sounds like you have significant scope at your current job.
    There is also a big difference between L6 and L7 at Google, depending on team.
    A lot of L7s are like directors in role, whereas L6 is more of a line manager.
    I guess it partly depends on what you want to do next too.
    Oct 29, 2019 0
  • 650k is amazing for outside the Bay Area. Where do you work/what do you do?
    Oct 29, 2019 2
    • New xUBg01
      OP
      I'm a manager of managers for a large software team at a financial institution
      Oct 29, 2019
    • Cool! Nice job man πŸ‘
      Oct 29, 2019
  • Prudential -asdf-
    How stable is your current firm? Small-mid financial institutions go belly up all the time. That risk may be worth some premium that G may not compensate you for.
    Oct 30, 2019 1
    • New xUBg01
      OP
      The firm is a large financial institution and stable.
      Oct 30, 2019
  • New Shaki
    If it’s a bank, you probably need to be a tech MD to be at the 650K level. Is it a bank ? Or probably Citadel etc.
    Oct 31, 2019 0
  • Apple S3xt
    Don t do it. It makes no sense
    Oct 29, 2019 3
    • Moody's / Eng HjDm88
      $200k in TC is a lot to think about though.

      Moving from 650k to 550k is worth the jump for his reasons but $450k? That is where the dilemma is.
      Oct 29, 2019
    • New xUBg01
      OP
      That's my current thought process. $550k would be the lowest I would go.
      Oct 29, 2019

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