is it really worth it to work for a FAANG?

Jan 5 39 Comments

Hi All,
I currently work for a decent fortune 500 company in NYC where I am comfortable and make a decent living. I have offers to work for either amazon or microsoft Seattle but they both require that I relocate. Both offered me about 33% more then my current salary (i estimate 25% more in salary post expenses if i decide to fly back every week, get apartment, car, other expenses, etc.) and similar (possibly lower) title. I am married with young kids (all younger then 8). All of my family, extended family, parents, and friends are here.

Option is I take it and live on my own — commute across the country when I can (thinking fly Sunday night and back Thursday night). Or I pass on this opportunity. They are not flexible with remote or partial remote options (want me in office all the time - very odd but maybe it’s the formal thing to say). Is it worth sacrificing time with family for a great job opportunity? Wife is fine with either option.

Appreciate everyone input who have lived a similar life style. Was commuting worth working for a FAANG - really that awesome? Family sacrifice worth it? This has been causing me some stress as I feel that these opportunities don’t come often and afraid I would regret it if I don’t take it.

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TOP 39 Comments
  • Salesforce JdeF47
    Let it go. You are in NYC. All the good companies have sizable presence there. What's more, you will get the same salary as you would if you were in bay area. Also, NYC is so much better than Seattle.
    Jan 5 0
  • Microsoft / Eng SwiftSocks
    Don’t relocate for 20%. I don’t think it’s worth it based on your situation. Could you explore NYC-based Amazon teams?
    Jan 5 3
    • Macquarie JimmyJams
      Find a different team? They are hiring like crazy in NYC
      Jan 5
    • Uber / Eng
      meowimacat

      Uber Eng

      BIO
      meow! I like fancy feast 🐈
      meowimacatmore
      Yeah NYC is awesome Seattle is shit. Try to find a NYC Amazon team.

      There is also audible in Newark NJ
      Jan 5
  • Microsoft j7hdjb
    I did just that a while ago and moving back, imho money not worth sacrificing your life and its going to take a mental toll on you.
    Jan 5 0
  • Apple LC->TC
    I wouldn’t do it considering the impact on your family / children
    Jan 5 0
  • Google coolguy007
    Faang has a good presence in nyc too, try for those roles.
    Jan 5 3
    • Amazon yryn87
      If you deny it, other amzn teams will come back to you crazy, knowing you’re a good candidate
      Jan 5
    • Google coolguy007
      No it won't.
      Jan 5
  • Volvo / R&D ascnrdrkly
    Don't go to Seattle, you'll end up regretting it
    Jan 5 0
  • Tesla 🐉⛈
    Reapply when NYC opportunities show up.
    Jan 5 2
    • OP
      Thanks... I just worry that these opportunities don’t come often and shouldn’t bypass them when they do.
      Jan 5
    • Tesla 🐉⛈
      I wouldn’t worry about it OP. Everyone is expanding in NYC these days, so if anything you will see more opportunities come up.
      Jan 5
  • Microsoft binary10
    No way.... the move is not worth it. Family first. Stay close to family. Kids are young, it won’t be long before they grow up and then you will regret not being around when they were young. Too much pressure on your spouse. Not worth it.
    There are and will be plenty of opportunities in NYC area. Keep looking.
    Jan 5 1
    • OP
      Thanks for the feedback.
      Jan 5
  • New / Strategy
    NonCodeSW1

    New Strategy

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    program manager
    NonCodeSW1more
    Don't do it. It's not a once in a lifetime opportunity. Others will come up in the east coast
    Jan 5 2
    • Amazon Visser One
      In your heart of hearts, you know this to be true
      Jan 5
    • New / Strategy
      NonCodeSW1

      New Strategy

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      program manager
      NonCodeSW1more
      Yes
      Jan 5
  • NVIDIA / Product
    Momentoe

    NVIDIA Product

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    NVIDIA
    Momentoemore
    20% is too little. dont move.
    Jan 5 0

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