Low Google SWE Headcount for L3/L4

Jun 30, 2019 45 Comments

I had my on-site on Thursday and I thinking I did very well during my interviews. My recruiter reached out to me to tell me, a couple of hours later, that my feedback was trending positive and I should hang tight!

However, over the last few months, I have been seeing posts on Blind and other forums where people are complaining that after clearing the HC round, they have been stuck in Team Matching phase for the past 3-4 months and haven’t found anything.

Hence, many candidates had to reject google and move on to competing offers. In other cases, the recruiters suggested the candidate to wait indefinitely for a match. Some candidates did get a call from HM but never matched or the position was taken up by someone else in the queue. In a few other cases, the recruiter told the candidates that they had to close the application because it had been open for a long time.

So, the headcount crunch is REAL!

So, I wanted to ask the candidates who recently got L3/L4 offers from Google in 2019 as to:

1. When exactly did you get the offer?
2. Which happened first for you? Team Matching or HC?
3. How long were you in the Team Matching phase?
4. Which location did you get an offer for?
5. L3/L4?

P.S.- Any information would be really appreciated as there are a lot of people having this concern here!

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TOP 45 Comments
  • Amazon Waiting718
    I've been waiting 3 weeks for an L4 team match after passing HC. Looks like I have to interview with other companies now.
    Jul 3, 2019 5
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng BePostive
      OP
      Ohh man. That sucks! Yeah, NYC! :(

      My recruiter had told me that a lot of new roles will open up in August!
      Jul 3, 2019
    • Adobe AaDdBb
      op any updates? I saw one or two posts on blind mentioning new roles opening up in August, but my recruiter never mentioned it. Were you able to match with a team ?
      Aug 28, 2019
  • AT&T / Eng DisUser
    Make sure you let your recruiter know, I think that's what got me matched so fast
    Jul 3, 2019 6
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng BePostive
      OP
      Sorry! My bad!! Thanks 😬
      Jul 3, 2019
    • AT&T / Eng DisUser
      No worries
      Jul 3, 2019
  • Ultimate Software OuXJ78
    In investor relations they said that hiring would decelerate in the upcoming quarters
    Jun 30, 2019 2
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng BePostive
      OP
      Google?
      Jun 30, 2019
    • Ultimate Software OuXJ78
      Alphabet, check last quarters transcript
      Jun 30, 2019
  • AT&T / Eng DisUser
    1. HC results May 30th final offer June 5th
    2. HC before matching
    3. 1 day.
    4. Sunnyvale
    5. L3
    Jun 30, 2019 5
    • AT&T / Eng DisUser
      3 month study guide + half of honor class in EPI + 100 ish tagged LC questions.
      Jul 1, 2019
    • Veritas DFjs10
      What team was it that u got matched in Sunnyvale
      Sep 3, 2019
  • Expedia Group hgHU21
    Was anyone able to get team matched? I am waiting for it for 2 months now
    Oct 5, 2019 2
    • Goldman Sachs RustyClock
      Same. Have been waiting for 2.5 months now. Which location and level?
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Expedia Group hgHU21
      Seattle/L3 4 yoe
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Bloomberg FpUz31
    any updates? haven't been hearing anything since the last few weeks - wondering if it's just me or everyone is having the same experience. This is for NYC btw
    Jul 23, 2019 2
    • Goldman Sachs faith91
      Hey. OP here!
      Search for my post to see the update:
      Jul 23, 2019
    • Bloomberg FpUz31
      Sorry to hear that. I was approved for L4 and am facing a similar decision of moving on. I wish I'd known about the potential lengthy team matching process before.
      Jul 24, 2019
  • Microsoft Luther
    Seattle Area, L4, few weeks only one team match.
    Jul 3, 2019 2
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng BePostive
      OP
      Hmmmm :(
      Jul 3, 2019
    • Microsoft Eldo40
      Hang tight! Managers are being very picky as they try to get candidates with similar background.... I am in seattle area as well and talking to very few teams who are doing work which I have done in past.....
      Jul 6, 2019
  • Bloomberg FpUz31
    I'm still waiting, NY area (~3 months since hc approval). Had one or two matches that then stalled due to "budget" which was confusing
    Jul 1, 2019 2
    • Essar hheje8
      What was your interview feedback? Positive or borderline?
      Jul 1, 2019
    • Bloomberg FpUz31
      AFAIK positive
      Jul 1, 2019
  • Cisco vjBh45
    I'm still waiting....
    Jul 1, 2019 2
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng BePostive
      OP
      For how long? And which location? L3 or L4?
      Jul 1, 2019
    • Cisco vjBh45
      L3 Bay area. 2 months so far
      Jul 1, 2019
  • PagerDuty sjwkk23
    L4, recruiter said that team match is now before HC since HC was getting swamped. Been team matching for 1 week with no news. Shrug
    Jun 30, 2019 2
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng BePostive
      OP
      Sucks big time! Which location? And has the recruiter confirmed that there is no headcount ATM?
      Jun 30, 2019
    • PagerDuty sjwkk23
      NY. Recruiter didn't say that there was no headcount, just that there were a bunch of candidates in the pipeline. She said it would be good if I knew people at Google to directly reach out to managers but I don't. Mostly definitely just accepting a different offer at this point
      Jun 30, 2019

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