@Amazon WFH

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Christian. Love Microsoft. High aspirations, low expectations.
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Nov 28, 2018 19 Comments

I'm a dev negotiating an offer with Amazon. I've forced them up a lot, about 33% more total TC.

I mentioned at one point I want it known I'd wfh every wed, to efficiently contribute whilst being able to attend regular appts on the Eastside. Surprisingly, that was a sticking point.

Any perspective on WFH culture at Amazon?

YOE 2.5
Current TC: 205
Amazon offer TC/yr: 290

UPDATE:
After explaining that I had 3 regular medical appts in Bellevue they agreed wfh was a good idea. So it worked out.

Thanks for the perspectives!

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  • SpaceX uevh5
    I think it's fine to work from home everyday between 5:00pm and 10:00pm if you cannot stay late in the office for some reason.
    Nov 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng smsn sns
    How come you manage to grow to 205k in Microsoft in 2.5yr? Is it your third jump?
    Nov 28, 2018 4
    • Amazon aSoL84
      Not only that he would be going from 205 to 290, like damnnn
      Nov 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng smsn sns
      Yeah, op any tips for strugglers here and negotiation statergies?
      Nov 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
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      Christian. Love Microsoft. High aspirations, low expectations.
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      OP
      I gave detailed posts on what I did before. Main advice is look up Josh Doody and buy his book Fearless salary negotiation. I'm also a very good interviewer and communicator and had counter offers. Amazon was also my highest so you're seeing the most impressive result.
      Nov 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
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      Christian. Love Microsoft. High aspirations, low expectations.
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      OP
      It's only my second job. Started at msft outta school. Not exaggerating numbers
      Nov 28, 2018
  • Amazon Sbdhhdd
    Everything depends on your manager. Amazon isn't what it used to be. Too many TPMs, QA managers converted to SDMs. Below the bar hiring for SDMs, who throw Amazon culture right out of the window on Day1. Your manager owns you, so even if they might agree now, you might find it difficult later and this high TC(if it's real) is sure to make your manager and their favourites jealous as most might have it less than what you have. Not trying to scare you, just stating the obvious,
    Nov 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng
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      Christian. Love Microsoft. High aspirations, low expectations.
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      OP
      Fair enough. I would accept with the perspective that I'm a temporary slave.
      Nov 28, 2018
  • Amazon BB!
    That's not universally an issue at Amazon. My teams have always been comfortable with work from home. Why was it a sticking point?
    Nov 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng
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      Christian. Love Microsoft. High aspirations, low expectations.
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      They said me working from home weekly would negatively impact team morale
      Nov 28, 2018
  • New monomo
    290 for sde2? Holly Molly
    Nov 28, 2018 0
  • New RzFr15
    They will tell you wfh is possible but when you attempt to do so you will be blocked by your manager and red tape
    Nov 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon gemalto
    It varies team by team, org by org, manager by manager. Amazon is surprisingly inconsistent when it comes to WFH.
    Nov 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon aSoL84
    That looks like L6 comp, no? 2.5 yoe L6?
    Nov 28, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Eng
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      Christian. Love Microsoft. High aspirations, low expectations.
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      L5
      Nov 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Big_fish

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      Big_fishmore
      Didn’t know Amzn L5 goes that high. My manager has been struggling to keep an L5 offer under 250k.
      Nov 28, 2018
  • T-Mobile qqj410
    If it’s for a medical appointment, they would need to make reasonable accommodations. What is considered “reasonable” is up for negotiation.
    Nov 28, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng
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      Christian. Love Microsoft. High aspirations, low expectations.
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      It is, I made that clear. And offered to make up the time in other ways
      Nov 28, 2018
  • Charter JeAq88
    They are very demanding, it's their way or the highway. Would not for health reasons do for long time.
    Nov 28, 2018 0