Sharing my offer numbers from big companies for your reference

Facebook / Eng

Facebook Eng

Nov 27, 2017 412 Comments

I see many questions on compensation here and would like to help answer some of them with the limited data I have. I'd like to shed some light on what the industry is paying and also encourage people to negotiate hard.

I went on an interviewing spree recently with the big companies for an SWE position and would like to share some offer numbers. The numbers below are all annual figures. I have two years of professional experience.

1) Google - 140k base, 100k RSUs, 50k sign on, 15% bonus

2) Facebook - 160k base, 75k RSUs, 75k sign on, 10% bonus

3) Lyft - 170k base, 180k RSUs, 20k sign on

4) Dropbox - 160k base, 115k RSUs, 10k sign on

5) Airbnb - 150k base, 75k RSUs, 15k sign on

6) Palantir - 150k base, 50k stock options, 25k sign on, 25k bonus

TWO years of experience, figures above are ANNUAL.

I chose FB in the end because the TC was among the highest and I resonate with FB's move fast culture. I enjoyed talking to FB interviewers the most and they made me feel very welcome. Lyft's offer was great but it's not public after all (yet) and I'm more risk adverse. Also, the commute up to SF everyday will kill me.

Curious to know which you would have chosen if you were in my shoes.

EDIT - many commenters are asking similar questions, I'll answer them once and for all here:

1. How did you go about having so many overlapping offers?

I did my phone screens early and arranged all the onsites together at a later date. There was a huge gap between some of my phone screens and onsites. I set recruiter expectations early and told them when I would make a decision. I held some offers for close to a month.

2. What's your background?

Two years of professional experience. Bachelors. Non-ivy league school. Previously from a unicorn startup. I'm mentioning these because people ask, not that I think they matter.

3. How did you prepare for the interviews?

Sadly, do lots of LeetCode. I wouldn't say my method was very optimal as I spent two months and did around 200-300 questions before the interviews. Did all the easy questions, half the medium and a fifth of the hard ones. It's important to get both quantity and quality such that you can identify the pattern of questions on first sight and know what technique to apply. Cover a variety of topics. Don't have the mentality that you won't be tested on DP. Till this day I still do LeetCode for fun as I enjoy doing them. It has become a lifestyle for me. I also used mock interview practice sites. I didn't practice much system design questions as I felt that I was pretty strong in design for my field.

4. Are you bullshitting?

You can believe what you like since it's anonymous after all. Some commenters do agree that such numbers are possible, and they're totally right.

5. Did you get rejected anywhere?

Yes, I got rejected by some smaller startups at the onsite stage.

6. Why didn't you apply to Microsoft, Amazon, Apple <insert big name here>?

I did. I applied to every big company out there. But the application process of large companies is so noisy that chances of getting noticed are so low. Thankfully I had FB and Google referrals else I doubt I would have gotten a reply at all.



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TOP 412 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng

    Amazon Eng

    Wait FB gives u 280k signon in total? WTF
    Nov 27, 2017 15
    • Google tQoL36
      I guess 165-70 should be top band for level 4
      Nov 27, 2017
    • Facebook / Eng

      Facebook Eng

      Ph.D is equal to two years of experience in current market. Both will get L4/E4 offer.
      Nov 28, 2017
  • Dropbox TradeJoe's
    Wow. I am so underpaid
    Nov 27, 2017 1
    • LinkedIn Brighton
      By this standard, yes!
      Nov 27, 2017
  • Oracle l769als7
    Can you explain your negotiation strategy with so many offers?
    Nov 27, 2017 13
    • Facebook / Eng serially
      All the easy, 1/2 the medium, 1/5 of the hard
      Nov 28, 2017
    • Expedia Riuk
      Thank you! This helps
      Nov 29, 2017
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    • Airbnb Bahnah
      Interesting strategy. So you planned the two weeks of pto first and scheduled everything else anchored around those two weeks.

      Did you target fall season bc it might have more recruiting activity, or does that timing not really matter for experienced hires?
      Nov 28, 2017
    • Facebook / Eng serially
      I wouldn't call myself an experienced hire. I didn't target any timing. I was very unhappy at my previous job and that drove me to study hard for interviews. My main source of motivation was to get out of my previous job.
      Nov 28, 2017
  • LinkedIn zwKL72
    Look, OP is clearly a rockstar. Even good people get rejected from interviews. I would suspect these offers are near the high end from all these companies. If your salary is less it doesn’t mean you are underpaid.
    Nov 28, 2017 4
    • Google tQoL36
      ^this. I like you, Op!
      Nov 28, 2017
    • Wow. Most likeable humble bragger of all time apparently πŸ˜‚
      Nov 28, 2017
  • LinkedIn AlgoLover
    So Lyft is 180k stock annually?? :O Wondering why you left a 350k TC at Lyft..
    Nov 27, 2017 2
    • Facebook / Eng serially
      Because Lyft stocks aren't worth anything at the moment and I don't really like having to commute to SF everyday.
      Nov 27, 2017
    • LinkedIn AlgoLover
      Hmm makes sense.. Btw may I ask what area do you work in? Is it AI/ML/Data science? Bcos the offers look very high
      Nov 27, 2017
  • Qualtrics Q123
    There's gonna be a lot of leetcoding after reading this... 😁
    Nov 29, 2017 0
  • WRKSHP / Eng ⭐
    o_o how are your offers so high? I'm also at close to two years but mine (also multiple offers) are significantly lower (they independently all came up with similar numbers). Do you have any tips on how to negotiate to get better offers?
    Nov 29, 2017 11
    • Facebook / Eng m0vef@st
      Sexism is not tolerated here
      Dec 3, 2017
    • Cisco / Eng QQlO08
      I'm surprised that starting by giving the (low) offers of startups to Lyft and Airbnb actually worked. The classic negotiation strategy is to not give the first number, especially if its low
      Jul 16, 2018
  • Ring ecvR86
    Reeks of a pathological liar in here ;)
    Nov 27, 2017 1
    • Google tQoL36
      with due respect, sir, you don't know shit about SWE salary
      Nov 27, 2017
  • Personally I had much better offers than op from these companies. But I am a senior. Not sure why those companies are so desperate to get a 2 years experience person? Especially in current new graduates unfriendly market.
    Nov 28, 2017 9
    • 190k base 900k/4 years rsu 50k sign on for big companies and 1.5x rsu for pre-ipos. But sadly I never get 100k+ sign on bonus as op did.
      Nov 28, 2017
    • Yahoo goofyyy
      How many years of experience do you have ? What levels were you hired at ?
      Dec 18, 2017


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