What do you do when you get an offer from a “reputable” tech company but…

2 min readFeb 2, 2024

they lowballed your compensation offer and you get “down-levelled”.

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The upsides

  1. With this company on your resume, you will have a better time finding jobs in the future?
  2. You get to work with “smart” people?
  3. You get to see how the “world’s biggest ” technology company operates and gain experience in working with scalable, distributed systems.
  4. Maybe..when the economy gets better (provided you don’t get laid off), you can request for an internal transfer and fulfil your “relocation” dreams.

The downsides

  1. You typically won’t get promoted within a year (it’s challenging), and it means you are stuck with that “low” pay for a year. All that hours spent on leetcoding for such a compensation offer? People say that when you job-hop, you are supposed to get a 10%-20% increment, and here I am, not getting any… What am I doing with my life?
  2. Being down-levelled will make you feel like you are regressing in your career ladder.
  3. You get 5 lesser days of PTO compared to your current company.
  4. You need to travel to work in the office (which is at least an hour’s ride of public transport away) for at least 3x a week…which is a far cry from your current flexible “hybrid” (30 minutes office bus ride away) job.

Risks involved

  1. You may get laid off again…because the CEO has announced that they will do more cuts in 2024.
  2. Maybe everyone in the company is super smart. You find it stressful and tough to cope, underperform and get placed in PIP.

Do you take the offer? Or do you reject the offer.

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