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Old 10-09-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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It's not difficult to find out which corps are leaders in their sector and what they pays so your point there is moot. It's not some closely held secret.
Corps that are leaders in their sector don't necessarily pay the best; they don't need to pay the best to attract/retain talent. You seem to think a lot of this is common sense and obvious, but it's not. A lot of the reality in terms of compensation is very counter-intuitive and conditional.

It's not just about pointing to Goldman Sachs or Google or whoever as obvious top payers. You need to reach out to peers, forums and your network and find out what firms are having a hard time finding talent so you know you'll have leverage if you can get an offer with them.

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As for just nailing the interview; good luck landing an interview with a top firm without top grades/ past connections.
Can you get an interview at google if your GPA is 2.2? Probably not. Can you get an interview at most of the top startups or many of the other high-paying companies in nyc without connections or any GPA on your resume? Yes, yes you can. You better have a well-written resume with some relevant experience (internships, school projects, open source projects), but it's totally doable.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:11 AM
 
Location: NY/LA
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I know of ONE NYC firm which uses that language. From what I hear, they do pay very, very, very well, however.
Are you talking about Jane Street? I've seen a few other companies looking for experience with OCaml and other functional languages and it seems that the functional programming jobs pay significantly more than straight Java, etc. I think the OP is a sophomore or junior so I wouldn't be surprised if there are going to be even more functional programming jobs by the time he/she graduates... although by then even Java is going to have lambda expressions.
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