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For many software engineers, the pinnacle of their careers can mean landing a job for some of the most well-known companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. For good reason as well, as they have some of the most talented people in the world working for them and provide benefits that will attract such talent. They also look great on your portfolio and will boost your career.
Here are some insights and the cons to consider before starting work at a tech giant.
Long hours might be the biggest issue. Work-life balance starts to become a juggling act. A job with a salary of 100k+ for a fresh graduate probably won’t have you clocking in at nine and clocking out at five.
The benefit is that they don’t care when you work. The task is expected to be completed in a predetermined time. Many use Agile methodology and expect around five story points worth of tasks to be completed every day. You can work less, or you can work more, as long as the work is done.
Google is famous for its food offerings. They have restaurant-quality choices at many of their locations. The food isn’t just to provide a perk to save their employees some money on food. Now, everyone can have their breakfast, lunch, and dinner at their desk. They have sleep pods too! You don’t have to EVER leave!
Having experience with a company’s technology stacks can help your marketability. Experience in Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure is sought out by many recruiters. Google is a bit different. Many of their tools are internal, which means they are used only by Google. Work experience in these tools will only help you land a job at Google.
They are skills that make it difficult to meet the CVS receipt size list of requirements that employers mark as Must Have. Building some marketable skills is important as you will need them.
Long hours and being overworked are common in the tech industry. At some point, it will drain you and you will lose your motivation. If you are starting your career and are very passionate, you may last longer. One common issue all large tech companies have is employee retention. The average tenure is around two to three years, which means many people leave relatively quickly. That’s why they are constantly looking for new talent.
Almost all the top tech companies offer some signing bonus, usually in the form of stocks. You don’t get all, and in most cases, none of it when you start. They are typically vested across four years, receiving a fraction each year. If you decide to quit after two years, any amount of the signing bonus awarded to you is yours, but any remaining balance is forfeited. To receive the full amount, you must stay the four years. This is surprising considering most people will leave before receiving the full amount.
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Things to consider before joining a tech giant.
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