AWS or Yelp

New FIxi
Jan 15, 2018 34 Comments

Any comments on the following comparison ?

Amazon - Seattle

Base 113k
Signon Y1- 30k and Y2-26k
RSU-70 shares

Yelp -SF

Base 125k
Signon-25k
RSU - 100k over 4 years

What’s the TC I can aim for amazon SDE1?
How much can I negotiate with Amazon for SDE1 with a masters degree ?

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TOP 34 Comments
  • Google nogifts
    Yelp is one company that is a fraud in my opinion. I have heard from so so many small business owners on them getting calls from yelp about being able to pay to have yelp delete bad reviews. Do you really think yelp will last the next decade? AWS is market leader. Join a winner.
    Jan 15, 2018 9
    • Yelp acorn
      You can’t buy yelp reviews or pay us to remove them. Period.
      Jan 18, 2018
    • Google nogifts
      If you guys don’t do it now, perhaps at some point Yelp did do it. Why would so many small businesses lie?
      Jan 18, 2018
    • Yelp MDhw35
      This is just not true.

      When you say "why would so many small businesses lie?"... what's the number here? 100 out of 5 million? Did you ever think that some of them try to blame their failure on someone else? And that they do the exact same google search you do and reinforce what they were hoping?

      Think a bit more critically here. What you are accusing of Yelp goes against its core mission statement and Yelp wouldn't be as popular as it is if what you said is true.
      Jan 19, 2018
    • Yelp URyu85
      This is rich coming from Google
      Jan 19, 2018
    • Yelp yxzQ18
      As far as I know, a business with bad rating or ranking can contact yelp and if they advertise on yelp, yelp will give them some special care and help them to figure out why the ranking and rating is bad. Yelp will also fix the problem that is ‘legitimate’. On the other hand, people don’t advertise with yelp would get much love. In the long run, you will see biased results toward advertised businesses.
      Feb 11, 2018
  • Lyft metaBar
    Def AWS. Have you seen Amzn vs Yelp stock? And Seattle cost of living. Wtf is wrong with you. How do you clear interviews??
    Jan 15, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng $##t
      Dude, take a chill pill. It's ok to be conflicted and ask people for they opinion.
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Lyft metaBar
      Mostly trolling sorry if it's not always obvious
      Jan 15, 2018
  • Yelp Gôgle
    100k RSU for master+1.5yr seems low. Definitely negotiate with Yelp.
    Jan 15, 2018 3
    • New FIxi
      OP
      What’s the number I can push towards ?
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Yelp Gôgle
      I guess 150k RSU. But also it depends on your interview performance
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Yelp URyu85
      Push for 200k and you’d probably settle for 150k. Also, signon could probably be 40k
      Jan 19, 2018
  • Microsoft RudyLu
    Definitely AWS, better reputation and highly valued skill sets.
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • Yelp bigfang
    Yelp is good with refreshers. I got a significant bump after my first year
    Jan 16, 2018 0
  • Yelp ToiletHog
    For a new grad, I'd say AWS. More stable and looks great on a resume. SF also sucks to live in.
    However, I have experienced the Amazon culture and it fucking sucks unless you have the personality of a drone. IMO, suffer through it for a year or two then go somewhere with a better culture, which matters much more to me now, which is why I'm at Yelp. The ppl are pretty awesome.
    Jan 17, 2018 0
  • New Lejxbqk
    Career growth is often a function of company growth. AWS is growing super fast. Yelp isn’t. Public information in both cases. You can also look at employee growth. Fact that AWS is adding so many new employees says you’ll have chances to move up. I agree with previous folks — if I interviewed you in 2 years for your next job and you said you chose Yelp over AWS, I’d dig pretty hard on your thought process. Could be a good choice but not an obvious one
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn theforce
    I did a bunch of candidate evaluations at Amazon and a Masters didn’t really count for much. I remember the first time I was in a room discussing this and there was a candidate who had just done a Masters. Treated him just like a regular fresh college grad. Sad, but true.
    Jan 15, 2018 1
    • Amazon AjlB80
      Agreed. I sat in on a loop where someone had 4-5 years experience, and took 2 years off to complete a master and was almost demoted to sde1.
      Jan 16, 2018
  • Facebook Osmandias
    Seems you will net in more in aws, plus better tech
    Jan 15, 2018 1
    • New FIxi
      OP
      Thanks for your input. I’m wondering how much I can push my AWS recruiter during negotiation
      Jan 15, 2018
  • Amazon amuzed
    Any day aws over Yelp if you care about your career...money is one thing but your career your long term investment...
    Jan 16, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Sales AmzzSeattl
    Why are you even debating this choice. If you do not see long term potential you are not a fit for AWS and should take the Yelp offer. 1.5 years of experience does not equal higher pay at AWS.
    Jan 15, 2018 0
  • Microsoft HDnI53
    Op did you just graduate from your Masters program?
    Jan 15, 2018 3
    • New FIxi
      OP
      Yes
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Microsoft HDnI53
      And is it new grad hiring or a team hire?
      Jan 15, 2018
    • New FIxi
      OP
      Team hire
      Jan 15, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng $##t
    Had to make the same choice about a year ago. Went with AWS. Was good decision in retrospect
    Jan 15, 2018 2
    • New FIxi
      OP
      Why AWS? What tipped you? Just curious cos this decision is quite difficult for me right now
      Jan 15, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng $##t
      AWS has a lot of products. Personally, sounded much more interesting work. Also, easy to get promoted within a year or two. Finally, it's in Seattle so will be spending less(cheeper housing compared to SF) and making more (no state income tax). Oh also, total compensation was higher for AWS
      Jan 15, 2018