AWS base salary less than my current base

Amadeus qEAk47
Apr 25 12 Comments

Recently, I was lucky enough to pass all interview tests to AWS and got an offer. However, they offered base salary less than my current base salary by appx 5%. TC will be bigger, but RSU is some sort of lottery, and Amazon stocks already shot high, so there are chances it will be a plateau over next four years with the stocks, I don't think it will go down, but plateau is the most possible. The role is not SDE, and called database engineer.

Is it worth it to change the jobs to AWS? My current company is not the 1tier company, but at least they are famous in its own area of business, also I'm exposed to interesting technologies such as DevOps (ansible, puppet, terraform, python, Openstack and AWS), while in AWS mainly it will be Database engineer role (AWS customer support), so I'm scratching my head now.
Does anybody know what the Database engineer role looks like (like day to day activities, etc) how interesting the role will be? Are there lot of politics? How busy, what is the AWS culture for similar positions.

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  • Nvidia rosary
    If you can tell the future of a stock you should quit your job and go into investing full-time
    Apr 25 0
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    MinuenXia

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    MinuenXiamore
    Ask for more shares. Don't worry about the base
    Apr 25 0
  • Apple / Ops
    freshmoney

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    freshmoneymore
    TC and offer details
    Apr 25 0
  • Amazon ontkiv
    > I don't think it will go down

    Oh boy the next recession is going to find a lot of people with their pants down.

    Check what happened to Amzn stock after the .com burst for some context.
    Apr 25 1
    • BBDO sxYo02
      That was way before Amazon was profitable.

      What's going to kill amazon stock is when AWS is forced to break off from Amazon and there goes Amazon profitability.
      Jun 14
  • Apple EyePhoneX
    Public company RSU are not a lottery
    Apr 25 1
    • Amadeus qEAk47
      OP
      Lehman Brothers was also public company, as well as many other. But I'm not going to argue, question is how fast it will grow over the time when I'll be eligible to cash those stocks. 0% growth, positive or negative growth. That is the question. This is why base salary is the safety cushion.
      Apr 25
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    MinuenXia

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    MinuenXiamore
    I told you what to do...
    Apr 26 0
  • Lyft wXfl07
    Only change jobs for 15-20% increase in TC. You will be okay even if stock drops. 90% of all stock movement is the general stock market, not due to a particular company... So you can look at last 20y of stock market to find your expected salary y1, y2, y3, y4.
    Apr 26 0
  • Amadeus qEAk47
    OP
    TC close to 160K(base + RSU +Signon) on top of it also pension plan. (10% of base salary as per local legislation). AWS job IS NOT BASED IN US or Canada. That's why TC is bit on lower side, but I'm pretty happy in the country where I'm now.
    Apr 25 0
  • Amazon / Eng scoops34
    You can just try to negotiate for more base. I successfully did this.
    The base salary caps out at 160k though; even directors with 500k+ TC only make 160k base
    Apr 25 0
  • AT&T idkmy
    Have you countered yet? If this is the first offer, try seeing if they're open to negotiate.
    Apr 25 0

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