Warren Buffet’s Lead Engineer Offer
“Warren Buffet needs a lead Java Engineer in SF!” Was the tag line from the recruiter. A part of Berkshire Hathaway in the FinTech sector, I was intrigued and applied.
I matched up exactly what they wanted, YOE 10+, lead of multiple teams, etc. Then the offer. Then the realization of why the 3rd most wealthy man in the world is where he’s at. Because he apparently doesn’t pay his employees crap.
Sign on: none
They only offer relocation and I already live in the Bay Area. They have no equity plans at all. And they “plan” to put bonus program in place within a year. Won’t tell me what percentages to expect.
Requirements are someone who’s lead multiple teams before, 5-8 YOE, and experience transitioning a tech stack to scalable distributed systems. I laughed at them. I could tell the recruiter was very frustrated. She asked me if I would lower my base expectations if they had the bonus plan in place. It felt like she’s been in this situation for a while, asked me a lot of questions about how much they really need to be offering.
Anyways - I was really surprised though. What a waste of time. Is this common for non-FAANG?