I’m working at a very early stage startup where there is no engineering career matrix, meaning that there’s no formal “Senior Engineer” level/title. What are some attributes of a senior engineer at a more established company like Google/Meta?
Two questions to ask if you are senior:
Once you have calibrated the above with people around you, then talk to your manager about the expectations and define what it means to meet or exceed expectations. At a startup, there’s more burden on you to define “success”.
For context, a senior engineer at a Big Tech company is often referred to as an "L5", which stems from the somewhat standardized Google-leveling system.
These are the core attributes of a solid L5 engineer from my experience: