Got an offer from Google. Here are the mistakes that you shouldn't make

New / Eng GoingToG
Dec 4, 2019 51 Comments

My experience mainly includes startups and mid-sized companies. And I'm from a Tier 3 school (which matters in India) I'm amazed that a recruiter reached out to me, I got through Google's interviews and they made an offer! However I would've gotten more TC. Here are some things that I (you) shouldn't have done:

1. Revealed my current TC in all it's glory (including pay slips, stocks etc)
2. Didn't approach multiple companies while interviewing - FAANG usually match offers, and it gives you more power to negotiate.
3. Did not negotiate too much above the initial offer
4. Worried more about Base Salary, when I could've asked for a Joining Bonus or more RSUs
5. Said yes too early

Most of the above are due to a feeling within me that I don't deserve Google, and should take what I'm getting.

Yep, I screwed myself. Anyways, I'm a Googler now, so I got that going for me which is nice. Just wanted to share my experience so that YOU can do better than ME :)

Off to read "Fearless Salary Negotiation" by Josh Doody for the next time (not gonna leave Google anytime soon)

New TC: ~40 Lakhs
YoE: 3

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  • Fast Enterprises lodoxjs8
    What’s 40 Lakhs? Is that lower end of band in India?
    Dec 4, 2019 10
    • Amazon
      de5i

      Amazon

      BIO
      Just taking it easy
      de5imore
      ^ what this guy said. 50 lbs rice bags from Lakshmi Bazaar FTW!!1
      Dec 4, 2019
    • Quora WalU80
      @GoingGoG PPP is a way that underdeveloped country comfort themselves that their salary is not that bad compared with developed country. From my perspective, it is ridiculous.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • eBay fugdt
    40 lac for 3 yoe is great offer, although i am not currently caught up on salary trends in india, curious, how much can L5 expect with 11 yoe at google?
    Dec 4, 2019 7
    • Microsoft mhfhhdjs
      Walmart I don't know if you are in India . Salaries have changed drastically here . Not only Google , Amazon and Microsoft also give 1Cr+ at similar levels (L6 at Amazon and SDE64 at Microsoft). Tons of startup also pay 1Cr+(mostly cash). It's all over blind. Only thing you need is to search TC India.
      Dec 5, 2019
    • Walmart tacocat🌮
      I am aware, but I thought only staff swe got that much.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • Cisco / Eng 12th 👨🏻
    Can you elaborate on saying “yes” too early?
    Dec 4, 2019 3
    • Cisco / Eng 12th 👨🏻
      Haseeb is a con-artist lol. That guy hasn’t stuck with anything for more than a year
      Dec 4, 2019
    • Salesforce awwe
      @cisco: and why is that a bad thing? He's smart to find opportunities outside and took them. Better than staying at one company for 10 years. Haseeb worked in Airbnb which is pretty commendable.

      On what base are you proclaiming he is a con artist :)
      Dec 5, 2019
  • Sony / Data
    iXgsmg

    Sony Data

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    King
    iXgsmgmore
    Thanks for sharing, shows that you're a caring person.
    Dec 4, 2019 0
  • New jim09
    Next techlead in making. :(
    Dec 5, 2019 4
    • New / Eng GoingToG
      OP
      Thanks! I say I got screwed cause I've heard salaries at G, way more than mine for half the experience.

      If I was the TechLead, I wouldn't be posting this to help the community, would I ;)
      Dec 5, 2019
    • New jim09
      "I got into google despite not good university but I screwed up" "3 yoe 40L and I am sad" -- yeah that's very helpful to the community. Thanks.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • Expedia Group vcvhfvg
    Congrats.
    Dec 4, 2019 0
  • New / Eng
    !gofang

    New Eng

    BIO
    Desi
    !gofangmore
    Congrats! That's a very nice offer TBH :)

    You said Google recruiter reached out to you.

    I'm interested to know the reason behind this.

    Were you active (posting) on LinkedIn?

    Were you performing well in competitive coding platforms? (Codeforces? Codechef? Google Kickstart?)

    Were you working at a well known startup?

    Were you actively contributing to open source projects?
    Dec 4, 2019 1
    • New / Eng GoingToG
      OP
      - I'm not very active on LinkedIn, but I have all my tech blogs / OSS projects listed there! You could say my profile gets updated whenever I contribute something.
      - I had applied to one Google role in January this year. Probably my application surfaced.
      - Yes, I was working at a well known startup in Mumbai.
      - Yes, my GitHub is pretty decent I would say. I also write some Medium blogs which I share on social media.
      Dec 4, 2019
  • Gigamon / Eng
    chitchor

    Gigamon Eng

    BIO
    what's th is
    chitchormore
    40 L for 3 years of experience and you are saying you screwed up. Greed is so rampant these days. Hopefully it will end some day
    Dec 5, 2019 1
    • Microsoft mhfhhdjs
      What greed are you talking about ? It's business . No one works for free .
      Dec 5, 2019
  • Amazon PIPninja
    @OP - the same exact thing happened to me at Amazon. I'm from a bottom tier school here in the US and never in my wildest dreams thought i'd get an offer from Amazon. I was so excited that I accepted the initial offer without hesitation. Lost out on thousands.

    Anyways - i've been obsessed with learning how to negotiate since that missed opportunity. Don't beat yourself up too much about it. The only thing we can do is continue improving ourselves so that we don't make the same mistake twice.
    Dec 5, 2019 1
    • Google bUPI22
      I wouldn't count getting into Amazon as achievement. It's the easiest interview ever.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • McMaster-Carr / Biz Dev
    XcXK21

    McMaster-Carr Biz Dev

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    Huawei Technologies
    BIO
    > 10 years of experience in technology, sales, strategy. MBA, Electrical Engineer Product/Program Mgmt, Biz Development, Customer Success, PreSales Solutions
    XcXK21more
    Can I DM you for a potential referral at Google? I can share my professional credentials in the conversation. Thanks! 🙏🏻
    Dec 4, 2019 1
    • New / Eng GoingToG
      OP
      Haven't joined yet! But feel free to DM me in 2-3 months. I'll refer :)
      Dec 4, 2019

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