Looking for ideal next company (tech vs finance?)
I am an engineer with 10 years of experience. My titles have been, in order:
- SWE/Senior SWE (4 years, at a 2k people company)
- Principal engineer (2 years, at a 200 people startup)
- Engineering manager (2 years, at a 200 people startup)
- Chief Architect (2 years, at a 40 people startup)
I am interested in distributed systems, low level programming, Linux, and in general all infra stuff.
I would like to apply at a new company and would like to maximize my TC this time, since so far I always optimized for experience, which allowed me to lead the design of significant systems, but at a pay level comparable to an entry level FAANG engineer.
What companies would you recommend I look into, and what positions? Could it be worth looking at finance (e.g. hedge funds like Citadel) or stick with FAANG?
Of course I don't know if I would pass any, but applying is free. FWIW a few years ago I passed both Google and FB interview at an E5 level. I didn't accept back then.