moving to the Bay Area? Should I?

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sdca1

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Jun 14, 2018 73 Comments

Current making TC 175k in San Diego.
Core team and with NXP just went through the company seems to get better?
If i move to the Bay? how much more money is worth it?

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TOP 73 Comments
  • Yahoo oooff
    I’d never advise moving from San Diego.
    Jun 14, 2018 5
    • Marvell USA 🇺🇸
      @mirthy: sounds like best scenario is a job working remotely for companies in the bay but living in SD.
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Yeah, probably the majority of the ex-Qualcomm SD now Intel management (Murthy and posse) still stash there families down in SD and probably go back in the weekend. Free flights for them. Not for the normal peon engineers have to relocate to the Bay.
      Aug 19, 2018
  • Proofpoint / Eng sillybean
    🌲fiddy.
    Jun 14, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm / Eng
    sdca1

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    a few people have left for Apple. Apple is not so generous these days and most of them gets a TC around 240k
    Not sure extra 50-60k will compensate for the move ?
    Jun 14, 2018 7
    • Intel Mirthy
      If you are eating out, food cost is 10-20% higher. Quite a few $5 combo fast food items are $6 in the Bay. Biggest exception is Subway or if your are eating at Costco's food court - gotta save money somehow for that downpayment lol. Free food at places like Google is a big benefit. Not Apple, who charges an arm and a leg for meh food.
      Jun 15, 2018
    • Lazard fin/tech
      Refreshers at Apple though 👌
      Jun 16, 2018
  • Facebook Ruprecter
    Stay in SD unless you want to pay a minimum of 1.2M for a dumpy 930 sq ft 2/1 house in a shady area. I’ve worked at Google, Microsoft and now FB. I’m over the crazy imbalance of work over life, and all the super entitled tech douche bags with 1-2 years exp that think they know something. If you have a good thing in SD, stay there. The grass may seem greener here, but that’s because it’s artificial. San Diego is much nicer than this shit hole Bay Area.
    Jun 17, 2018 3
    • Marvell SilentSun
      No. Most of us are 100-200k if not engineers and not at the FAANG companies.
      Jun 18, 2018
    • Illumina B4tg124
      Similar for me. Phd then 2yoe post degree. $170TC + $120TC (wife) in SD. Nice, new homes here (Carmel valley) are 2800sqft 1.2mm. If salaries can continue to grow in SD then maybe it truly is better off than SD. First post may be right with the 🌲50. I’d want a $160k base + 450k rsu + bonus in the bay to be worth it. Possible at FANG lvl 4/5?
      Aug 19, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Glued
    The Bay is a wasteland compared to SD and most other parts of Southern California. You should stay - you’re already getting like a ~$300k SF TC with what you’re making now
    Jun 14, 2018 2
    • Sony PSN
      You really think $175k in SD is like $300k in the Bay Area? Is it really 70% more expensive?
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Illumina B4tg124
      Yeah I don’t think that’s right either. $175k SD is more like $225 SF imo.
      Aug 18, 2018
  • Glooko / Other
    sugarbaby

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    sugarbabymore
    The bright eyed folks itching to come to the Bay don't notice the jaded people looking to leave. Grass isn't always greener but everyone needs to learn through personal experience.
    Jun 14, 2018 0
  • New / Other HZ69
    Not worth it. I miss PB, the weather, and great Mexican food. I’m only back in the Bay bc my parents and in laws want to spend time with my baby. Forgot to mention traffic is horrible.
    Jun 14, 2018 0
  • Lyft TCHO
    Pay is not worth it. I would move to San Diego. Wanna switch? No one will notice
    Jun 14, 2018 2
    • Qualcomm cppgeek
      Have you been to San Diego before ?
      Jun 14, 2018
    • Lyft fbbound
      Yep I attended UCSD
      Jun 17, 2018
  • Don't
    Jun 14, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm cppgeek
    What other options do we have between stuck at qualcomm for life (until they pay you off) or move to bay area to get competative salary? Any other cities with good tech traction ?
    Jun 14, 2018 3
    • Can confirm, miss the San Diego weather, but don't miss lackluster tech opportunities
      Jun 14, 2018
    • Qualcomm cppgeek
      I would prefer Boston over Seattle. Snow is fine, constant drizzling is not.
      Jun 14, 2018

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