We often talk about engineers that were high performers in the right startup, the right place at the right time and got massive exits. But we don't hear a lot about it from established tech companies. There's very little data about the range of rewards we see for high performers at different companies and the difference can be very large.
I was a good performer at my old job and the most I ever got was a $5,000 bonus for exceptional performance and I though that was the norm. The rest of my story is very similar to the OP. I was looking at glassdoor and I though the recruiter had over leveled me. I joined FB making nearly 3x my old salary. My year 1-4 is almost identical to the OP. 4 years ago I didn't know this was possible for high performing engineering ICs.
Thank you for sharing!