How hard is it to get a Google L6 offer?

Sep 11, 2018 27 Comments

I’m an E6 at Facebook, with PhD and 5 YOE. I interviewed with Google and while I was told I would be considered for L6, the recruiter says it’s all up to hiring committee and they may approve me for L5 instead.
I have been a high performer and can see getting promotion to E7 at FB within a couple of years but I don’t enjoy the work here anymore.
Is it going to be better for my career to switch to Google? How hard is it to get an L6 offer from them?

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Google goodmood
    Don't come in as L5. Only google thinks its L5 is comparable to L6 at FB. Google is over hyped with many big corporation problems. No need to take a step back to join .
    Sep 11, 2018 3
    • Facebook FBTopAnnon
      Yes it’s true. FB E6 is overrated and equivalent to seasoned Google L5 tech lead. The advantage of FB E6 over G L5 is comp, which has taken a beating recently.
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng somecsdude
      A sde3 colleague joined g as E6
      Sep 11, 2018
  • Workday / Eng xTcr18
    If you have a chance to get e7 at fb then stay there.
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng uKft56
    You are E6 at FB and Worked for 5 years. You probably have enough money. Why would you want to join another big company? Makes sense only if are passionate about Google or you get to work on some cutting edge things.
    Sep 11, 2018 3
    • Google / Eng uKft56
      I guess you have to live with Google l5 offer.
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Facebook fhaksoqbre
      op, everybody want better wlb. do you know why fb would like to give e6 offer to google L5? because we have much worse wlb. hourly pay is much lower. if fb give L5 googlers E5 offers, most of them wont come. so it is fair.
      Sep 11, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng
    goldenaxe

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    Google
    goldenaxemore
    If they'll match compensation, I think l5 is a sweet spot. not too hard, not amateur hour either. G is more engineering focused. Just.. take it easy as a 5.
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng mad👩🏻‍🔬
    Hard, but certainly possible. You’ll need to have a strong background, technical interview, and demonstrate technical leadership.
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Twitter JzFm54
    I was down leveled with 4 YOE and PhD without even an argument. You're looking at 3-4 years until promo should you join, so you would likely be better off staying until you L7 or have enough YOE to clear the bar. Or go somewhere that would match your L6 for a couple years.
    Sep 11, 2018 5
    • Google / Eng lc9b5Aw
      7+ is top 3% of all eng, it's very hard.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Google lifesucks9
      If you do well you will get to 6 on 2 to 3 years easily
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng dhsjdkdodi
    Not very hard at all. I've seen dummies get it.
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng
    lena33

    Google Eng

    PRE
    Salesforce
    lena33more
    Interested also. Promotion at Google is really hard and depends on the project
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft gou34
    Hard
    Sep 11, 2018 0
  • Facebook fhaksoqbre
    do you write a lot of tests?
    Sep 11, 2018 2
    • Uber ChDir
      How does this matter? Or is this the key differentiator?
      Sep 11, 2018
    • Facebook fhaksoqbre
      kidding but that's also one of the major differences between f and g. :p
      Sep 11, 2018

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