Tech Terms

Know your tech terms so you don't have to ask.


IC is an acronym for individual contributor. IC is one of the two tracks for software engineering career, the other being the manager track.


In tech companies, PIP means performance improvement plan.

The PIP program is for people whose performance did not meet expectations in a review cycle.

If PIP goals are not met at the end of the program, the employee will usually be let go.


In tech industry, SA means the title of solution architect, an individual contributor (IC) role that is similar to staff software engineer.

In banks and consulting firms, SA means senior associate, a title that is one level above associate.


SWE is an acronym for software engineer.


TC refers to the total compensation of a job in a year.

TC includes base salary, bonus and stock (or RSU / stock options).

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