The last few days have been really interesting to me. While browsing online, I came across a job posting at Google and although I am not in the job market right now, I decided to apply. I wasn't too surprised when I got an interview call as I thought I was a pretty good fit for the position. Now, they want me to fly to CA for a final round. That job will pay me around 25-30% more than what I am making right now. I live in central MI right now and will have to relocate to Google's HQs in Mountain View. I have not checked the numbers, but I think the cost of living would be at least 50% more, if not greater. The pros are:
1. It's Google - working for such a massive company would be a great resume builder for a 30 year old professional like me.
2. Great benefits - something I don't get right now. I don't get things like 401, annual bonuses through my company, but get health benefits. Plus they have stuff like free food, great facilities etc. (not a major factor, I understand)
1. Work/life balance would suck. I have spoken to a few people who work there and most of them work for 55-60 hours a week easily. In my current job, I rarely cross 45.
2. Cost of living in the bay area - some of it would be taken care of because of the increase in the salary, though.
My wife is OK with us moving there, so family issues are not a problem. We don't have any kids and don't plan to have anytime soon. Any thoughts on how I should approach it? I don't want to go there if I am not going to join them. I'll appreciate your advice. Thanks!
Edit - The new pay would be 25-30% more, not 30-35% as previously noted.
Last edited by jay22
on Thu May 09, 2013 9:30 am, edited 2 times in total.