what to do?

Dec 27, 2019 48 Comments

Been 1 year at Twitter as L5 (SWE 2), another 1 year or more to get promoted to Senior here. Wondering if I should get out of this place in search of better TC and work? Work isn’t too bad but not that interesting too.

Current TC - 270k
YOE - 3.5



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TOP 48 Comments
  • Expedia Group b@tm@n!
    You have three years experience and have been in the current position for one year and think that’s sufficient? Is this a joke? Three years of experience is shit. If you jump around from company to company already, no one is ever going to take you seriously. Your resume will be the joke that’s passed around a team every time you apply for something. You’re not entitled to shit after a whole year, take the “I should get everything” attitude and put in the time for fuck’s sake.
    Dec 30, 2019 10
    • Expedia Group b@tm@n!
      😂 You people are just blithering idiots. It’s ok, someday you’ll realize it.
      Dec 30, 2019
    • Microsoft caTt06
      It's true though that bouncing around from team to team or company to company shows a lack of dedication. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and work through issues. It looks like you bail at the first sign of adversity if you bounce around too much.
      Dec 30, 2019
  • Microsoft fuckcoding
    That TC is really good for 3.5 years of experience. I would try to look for an interesting work within the company and try for level up as well.
    Dec 27, 2019 0
  • Google fangu
    Surprised so many said this was best TC for this YOE. I've been at goog for 2.5 years and I'm L4 my TC now is 270k. I have friends who joined with similar experience and got higher offers than me with L4(they did have multiple competing offers though, and worked at other high tech companies). It's definitely possible to get higher TC, but it's obviously not a bad decision to stick around either when you're being paid pretty well (it's all relative).
    Dec 27, 2019 7
    • Google fangu
      For the most part no. I've gotten two refreshers, 75k(L3 EE,SEE) and 80k(L3 SEE, L4 CME), and my base has increased from 115-152 since I joined 2.5 years ago. I think my portion of comp next year related to stock appreciation from all the grants(initial + refresh) is ~15k.

      My comp starting at goog was standard new grad offer 110k stock, 115k base, 20k signing. So pretty much from ~165k to 270k.
      Dec 30, 2019
    • Google xbgitdd
      @fangu Congrats!! That’s really good! Thanks for sharing!
      Dec 31, 2019
  • Google dinoball
    You are already making more money than FANG. Why rush to go get a paycut? Work in FANG is likely to be even less interesting.
    Dec 30, 2019 1
    • Amazon hello-kitt
      Totally agree with you
      Dec 30, 2019
  • Microsoft BlindUser&
    No harm in interviewing around if you're getting restless. You'll quickly see if you can land better/more interesting/higher paying gigs or if you're already in a good spot. If it's the former, jump ship - if the latter, then shoot for quick promo and hopefully more interesting role.

    That said, 270k for 3.5 YoE is gonna be tough to beat. Maybe shoot for HF if traditional tech is boring you?
    Dec 27, 2019 0
  • Intel LvOT55
    Honestly, just change teams to find more interesting work. You don't want to be seen as a job hopper. That would be 3 jobs in 4 years lol
    Dec 27, 2019 1
    • Twitter epskl
      I don’t think that would be an issue, and it would be 2 jobs in 4 years. Also the average in Silicon Valley is around 2.5 years per job. But I get your point about always jumping ships
      Dec 27, 2019
  • GoDaddy random2847
    If the work isn't interesting to you, then you should definitely look to move within or outside of the company. That comp is great for your yoe but I'd take a bit less money for a job that gets me out of bed excited. Life is too short to be bored at work.
    Dec 30, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Eng L6 365TC
    You likely wont get more tc. Stay put and do good work.
    Dec 30, 2019 0
  • Expedia Group / Eng sammy28
    Better to jump the ship. Think of it this way. You have luxury of 'getting multiple offers' + 'boosting your TC' + 'adding diversity into resume', ONLY in your first 10-15 yrs of career. After that, you get pretty much saturated, and find it lot harder to find & negotiate competitive offers (given yourpersonal priorities change too). Not impossible, but it's fairly easy to get competitive offers in better companies, during your early days of career.
    Dec 30, 2019 2
    • Google GzUY73
      I agree but what do you mean by saturated? Diminishing returns? Or that middle management / SR needs to stay in one place to advance?
      Dec 30, 2019
    • Expedia Group / Eng sammy28
      Diminishing returns.. team of 10+ only needs 1 or max 2 senior mentors/architects, so less openings. And also if your salary is already high not many companies want to offer more than they can afford. So, takes too long to switch jobs, which affects your motivation to prepare. At that point, you would be looking to grow internally wherever you are, as it is a better option keeping your WLB (family time) and location preferences (can't relocate to faraway places, especially if your spouse is working too) in mind.
      Dec 30, 2019
  • Microsoft BrewHaHa
    Quit asap
    Dec 30, 2019 2
    • Expedia Group b@tm@n!
      I agree, quit and go work at Taco Bell. Sounds like you need to learn how to wrap a burrito.
      Dec 30, 2019
    • Amazon poreljopo
      Thats interesting work!
      Dec 30, 2019


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