The L4 → L5 gap is larger than the L3 → L4 one. This is because L5 promotion requires significant behavior changes. L5s are expected to lead and influence their teams. Here are the key differences between L4 and L5 engineers:
This could also be useful for other career paths 😁
I think the gap is bigger bc you can just stay at L5 permanently
Great writeup Ryan! Influence, ownership, impact, and soft skills all start to be key differentiators between L4 and L5. It only continues as you look to go to L6!
Awesome comparison and I share a lot of the same thoughts around the difference. I’m looking forward to L5 -> L6!