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πŸ“£ Seeking Career Advice: Balancing Growth Opportunities and FAANG+ Aspirations πŸ€”πŸš€

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Senior Software Engineer at Intuit

Hey there, fellow professionals! I find myself at a career crossroads and would greatly appreciate your insights and guidance. 🌟

I've been in the industry for over 10 years now, and I'm torn between two compelling paths: pursuing career growth within my current company to reach a staff position or aiming to join a top-tier FAANG+ company (Google, Netflix, META) as an L5 engineer. πŸ“ˆπŸ’Ό

Both options require significant time investments. On one hand, focusing on my current company involves creating a strategic plan for success, skill development, and building a strong network. On the other hand, preparing for FAANG+ interviews demands extensive interview prep. πŸ“šπŸ’ͺ

I must admit that I feel inadequate for not having reached a staff position yet, and I acknowledge that transitioning from a tier 2 to a tier 1 company is no easy feat. ( though I have done it before, affected by layoff at tier 1 ) There's no guaranteed path to securing a staff position, even with prior experience. πŸ™‡β€β™‚οΈ

I'm seeking your advice on how to strategize in this complex situation.

(1) Should I focus on attaining a staff position within my current company, hoping to leverage that experience for a staff offer at META, Google, or Netflix?

(2) Or should I dedicate my time to prepare for interviews and pursue growth opportunities in one of the FAANG+ companies? πŸ€”

(3) And hey, here's a wild thought: Is it possible to explore both paths simultaneously? As a proud parent, I understand the juggling act that life can be, so any advice on maintaining work-life balance would be greatly appreciated! 🎭

Would love to know your insights, personal experiences, and any other factors I should consider in making this decision. Thank you all in advance! πŸ™πŸ’ΌπŸŒŸ

#CareerCrossroads #FAANGOpportunities #StrategicPlanning #SeekingAdvice

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3 months ago

Seeking Advice: Advancement from L5 to Staff Role and Leveraging Knowledge for Impact

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Senior Software Engineer at Intuit

Hello Taro community,

I hope you're all doing well. I have a question and would greatly appreciate your insights and guidance.

Background: I joined the company last year (ex-FAANG) as an L5 level and have been actively involved in developing internal tooling for a new product. Recently, while exploring our growth and levels documents, I came across our internal rubrics that outline the expectations at each level.

Situation: After identifying a gap between my current level and the staff level, I expressed my interest to my manager. As a result, I am now leading a team of five individuals in the endeavor of implementing automation tooling from scratch. This effort encompasses setting up everything related to automation.

Additional Information:

While my background is primarily in development, I possess knowledge and experience in quality as well. Given the broad impact automation can have across the company, I am eager to leverage my expertise and make a significant contribution.

However, I am uncertain if my focus on quality within a developer role might put me at a disadvantage when aiming for a staff position as a developer.

I am seeking guidance on how to navigate the path towards a staff role, either by leading projects to completion (quality) within my team (& across) or by continuing to work on internal tooling rather than customer-facing products.

Or should I pivot to product development tasks - How do I navigate this conversation with my manager about this dilemma?

Lastly, how can I show metrics and impact?

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4 months ago