Looking for ideal next company (tech vs finance?)

Oct 29, 2019 7 Comments

Hello Blind,

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.

Thanks!

TC: 400k

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  • Coinbase ivucush
    Coinbase
    Oct 29, 2019 3
    • Clover Light, LLC WhatWeWent
      Curious if any of your tickets have paid off?
      Oct 29, 2019
    • OP
      One “paid off”. I made 900k in long term capital gains, so not too bad, but considering I stayed at the company 4 years, it was nothing spectacular.

      Another one turned out to be a super small retention bonus of 50k, but for 8 months of work so whatever.

      I still have a couple in progress.
      Oct 29, 2019
  • Facebook
    fb2019

    Facebook

    PRE
    Google, Oracle
    fb2019more
    400k tc is not low. You can try E6, L6 at google or facebook.
    Oct 29, 2019 2
    • OP
      Do you think production engineering is worth it at FB? I looked at the job description and sounds really fun!
      Oct 29, 2019
    • Facebook
      fb2019

      Facebook

      PRE
      Google, Oracle
      fb2019more
      I don't know much about production engineers. I think you should try swe.
      Oct 29, 2019

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