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I’ve been a Software Developer at FedEx for over 3 years, making 75k plus a small bonus of ~$6k. I’m fine with the lower salary because of the great work/life balance, but seeing how much others are making at similar companies makes me think I’m getting ripped off. I’d like to be making six figures, but am worried about work/life balance if I leave FedEx. Thoughts?

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Start looking and if you find a company you like that’s hiring, interview with them. Get a feel for their work life balance, the interview is time for you to interview them as well. Everyone is hiring right now so the market is crazy and I’m confident you can find a great company with a base six figure salary or close to it. Many companies are hiring full remote these days if that’s something you’re interested in.

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Something else to consider is the work you're doing. Are you learning and does the company promote learning and upgrading tech? I've seen a lot of people at big corps with many years experience working on outdated stacks. Or consider the saying: They've got 10 years of experience, but it's really one year of expirience repeated 10 times. Don't let that be you. And like most everyone else has said - you can probably find a higher paying job with good WLB plus growth opportunities. Just start looking and you'll probably know when you find it.

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What are you talking about … “Id like to be making six figures, but I am worried about work/life balance”. This statements shows why you are only making 75k. Because thats the amount of work you are putting it. Obviously if you make more money you will work harder. Everything comes with a price. You have some options. Stop being such a sassy. Work your butt off, give 110% and leave FedEx. I promise you you’ll be at six figures with your next employer. If you want to make $100k ,$200k, $500k you will put in the effort to get there. You’re just complaining. You literally want the hottest girlfriend while you are jobless and eating chips on the couch all day. Edit: For all the comments. I know hard work doesn’t necessarily equate to more money. And I make $150k and have a great wlb. What im saying is that making money in tech isnt that difficult. I believe anyone can make $100k if you change jobs and put in some effort.

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What a complete clown

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For Six figures and WLB. Companies like Microsoft , Square and Google come to mind. They tend to pay lower TC. Especially Google will low ball you pretty hard without competing offers but the hardest part is just getting in. I’d stay away from start ups they expect you to give everything like it’s your company too. There’s some advantages but if WLB is most important you won’t be happy. Personally I would say you should always be stretching yourself and striving to be the best which means don’t look for easy roles and companies. I started my career out as a severely underpaid Midwest dev @ 40k TC, new job got to 80k tc now 300k TC ( 180 base ).

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You can definitely find a company that respects WLB for more than that even if you live in a LCOL area (remote work).

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If you’re seeking a really good WLB, look into Paylocity. All of their SDE’s are 100% remote, great company culture and the opportunity to work on some new services. (They’re my former employer) but if you’re looking to truly challenge and stretch yourself, definitely check out Amazon! 🙂

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If that's your experience, find a different team. We're hiring ;)

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At times when you find comfort in what you are doing it's better than getting a greater salary

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You can totally filter companies by WLB, or at least bring it up in any interviews. If it's a company where it feels like bringing it up would hurt your chances, you probably don't want to work there anyway.

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I want to put out there that at ANY company you work at, WLB is a shared responsibility between you and the company. Own it. Some companies certainly make it harder and should be avoided but I think the vast majority of companies can give good WLB if you can get really great at setting expectations with people you work with.

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You can definitely find a role with a company that has a good WLB. I would avoid smaller companies or finance sectors if you want the balance. Tech and startups, especially remote work would work for you. I am remote, and I work a lot, but I knew what I was signing up for.

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HubSpot is supposed to have a good life-work balance.

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I've worked at companies big and small, non profit and startups, as a contractor and as staff. Then I joined Etsy. Never have a worked where there's such a strong inclusion and employee first culture while also making significant compensation. In fact, things are so good that there's a running joke in engineering about "golden handcuffs". Often you hear that it's difficult to leave as it's simply too good.

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Does Etsy have remote roles for SWEs?

The company I work for now has a good WLB and would start a Jr higher than that. Mid level at least 100k.

If you want high TC with WLB companies like Google, Salesforce, Msft comes to mind. But you’re going to have give up some of that life balance until you can study enough to pass the interview OP

Check out Spotify

Are you happy though and are you comfortable? Sure some developers make more than that but many make about exactly that. Finding a job that you love and allows you to have a balanced lifestyle can mean a lot more than some extra $Ks.

Why are you accepting to be paid so low, so much below market? Why have you for so long? Even associate roles at the smallest start ups would likely pay you 100K or more.

Check out Zynga. 20 hrs per week

You can 💯 find a place where you have a good work life balance and can make 6 figures. Start applying for jobs. Focus on companies that essentially don't care what you do as long as you get your work done. Unlimited PTO companies are a good sign too. Just don't abuse it. Follow the work hard play hard model. As long as you are a competent dev and you deliver what you promise, companies will pay for that.

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