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https://levels.fyi is a good resource to understand where you stand laterally across many companies. Title inflation definitely skews a lot of this. Leveling nomenclature like “principal” and “staff” don’t necessarily correlate across other companies (for example, a senior engineer at Google could come in as a staff engineer or even higher at LinkedIn).

But even outside of titles, it’s difficult to become a new player and start from scratch on learning the inner workings of a company. I think the first step is establishing the confidence to make that move if it is going to be better for your career overall.

It's very confusing reading tech career advice when you come from a company where "staff engineer" is one level above incoming grads and "senior engineer" takes 10 years...

that doesn't answer whether he'd be able to work the same role at a different company, regardless of name.

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