I’ve only worked at startups and non-tech companies, but I’m joining Google next month. How can I make sure that I meet all expectations as an L4? When it comes to talking to my manager, how should I frame the conversation?
One of the benefits of Big Tech is that expectations for each level are pretty standardized. I’d look at the expectations for an L4 engineer in your domain, and talk through that understanding with your manager.
I think you can do both. Read the Google SWE career matrix and then ask your manager for high-level guidance after that.
After you get the high level rundown from your manager, work with them to break it down into specifics that are more concrete. Here are more specific things you can do: