Is it worth working for Google Cloud?

Apr 1, 2019 18 Comments

I am an L5 SDE. TC 245K (mainly stocks + base 155K). YOE 6.5

Received an email from google cloud recruiter to choose a role that fits me. And the options are SWE, SWE Infra, SWE SRE, SETI, and Data Engineer. Given my experience, I will be evaluated for L3/L4 Engineer which will have 4 to 5 onsite rounds and one of them will be designed around. I also talked about the compensation match, or getting better than what I earn now, if everything goes well, and the recruiter said as much he knows we do not match current compensation.

I have been doing an objective evaluation if I should interview now or maybe in the future. Pros of staying at AWS: increasing stock value, higher TC, I am doing okay here, AWS is number 1 public cloud company, currently in the high band of my performance, Seattle downtown.

About Google Cloud (not google in general): number 3 or 4 public cloud company, struggling business compared to aws and azure, free food, general historical google brand, possibility of down-leveling to L3, and also the possibility of lowball offer for L3/ L4, WLB in the Google cloud will be similar to AWS, same concepts of oncall, and possibly more aggressive and dynamic work goals to catch up competitors, Kirkland office.



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TOP 18 Comments
  • NewRelic m821
    Aws is already massive and with google cloud you’ll be a big fish in a relatively small pond. I’d expect your career growth opps to be higher there vs an already mature product.
    Apr 1, 2019 3
    • NewRelic m821
      To a degree but comparing GCP to AWS makes it much smaller relatively speaking.
      Apr 1, 2019
    • Oscar 🐨koala
      Downlevel to L3 and lowball salary? Nah. Stay in AWS. I know a guy who went to SDE3 in under 4 years from SDE1.
      Apr 1, 2019
  • Google PageRanker
    Interview with Google then post your offer numbers here.
    Maybe the answer will be obvious then.
    Apr 1, 2019 1
    • Snapchat AlexHeath
      Yeah. OP is overthinking it lol.
      Apr 1, 2019
  • Oracle alwzangry
    According to some people on a post a couple of days ago, the title doesn't matter. As soon as you join G, you'll be getting calls from recruiters at Oracle-calibre companies for at least Director-level jobs and you'll feel so good. /s
    Apr 1, 2019 2
  • Google ovBk62
    Interview with Google anyway and see what they offer. You won't be down-leveled to 3 unless you don't do too well in the interviews.

    Can you also interview with other companies to get some competing offers?
    Apr 1, 2019 1
    • Oracle alwzangry
      Apparently title doesn't matter, is what people suggested on another post. Doesn't that apply to levels? /s
      Apr 1, 2019
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng HowCouldYu
    Again with the “free food”, lol it comes out of your pay check
    Apr 1, 2019 3
    • VMware / Eng

      VMware Eng

      I mean if after food my TC is still above every other company, what does it matter?
      Apr 1, 2019
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng HowCouldYu
      This is true which makes google the best
      Apr 1, 2019
  • Amazon TTTPPMM
    Please interview and get really good offer, and then your decision will be easier to make
    Apr 27, 2019 0
  • eBay / Eng meowwwoem
    Do they give you free gcp credits? This is what really matters.
    Apr 1, 2019 0
  • Microsoft gfba68
    Definitely interview, and take it from there. Maybe also interview with Azure and set up a bidding war.
    Apr 1, 2019 0


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