Amazon Compensation

GoDaddy / Eng employee07
Mar 29 31 Comments

Considering a switch to Amazon. Plan is to stay there ~2 years to get the experience and brand name on my resume.

However I know Amazon isn't the easiest place to work. I'm really (probably too) comfortable currently. Perks are good (free food, unlimited PTO), environment is relaxed.

If you were in my position, what (realistic) TC would make you join Amazon. Any advice from current/ex Amazonians would be appreciated.

Current TC 150k, 3YOE.

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  • New / Ops
    tooQ10

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    Rakuten USA
    tooQ10more
    I work for Rakuten, Japan's version of Amazon. I'd go to Amazon just to see what it's like. Can't be worse than what I've got now: 20 YoE, 43k TC in Tokyo. I'm sure even paper pushers get paid that much in Seattle.
    Mar 29 7
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

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      tooQ10more
      I should add that I'm not a SWE; just a humble office worker who manipulates spreadsheets and prepares invoices all day with a tiny amount of SQL and VB. Nothing special. I went to grad school for linguistics in my spare time and am looking to get into language processing if I ever go elsewhere.
      Mar 30
    • Intel / Eng GAku06
      You can always work on your skills if you want to and improve your TC(again, if you want to). Humility is worth in gold - am confident you will be able to beat anyone. Wish you good luck - do try to move out if you want a change in TC
      Mar 30
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

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      tooQ10more
      What does Amazon pay non-SWE office monkeys? More than 40k?
      Mar 30
    • New / Eng jbnote
      In seattle? You bet it does.
      Mar 30
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

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      tooQ10more
      That's good to know. At Rakuten, we are always required to set performance indicators and refine workflows and systematize everything so that a new employee coming in can do whatever we do with just a few weeks of training. So there's no incentive to pay veterans much more than newcomers, nor do veterans feel more valuable.
      Mar 30
  • Oracle gasket
    It's really not as bad as people make it sound. Or maybe it's just my team. I've been at Amazon for a couple of months now so it might be too early for me to say
    Mar 29 0
  • New monomo
    Get an offer and then think about it.
    Mar 29 5
    • GoDaddy / Eng employee07
      OP
      Recruiter told me they want to extend an offer, but I'm trying to decide between 2 teams at the moment. Scheduling calls with their managers next week.
      Mar 29
    • New monomo
      Great, congrats. If you like a team then make the jump!
      You can experience things first hand and if really needed, you can jump to elsewhere
      Mar 29
    • GoDaddy / Eng employee07
      OP
      I'm pretty inexperienced at this, any advice on how to tell if the team is good? I don't think any manager is going to say "I expect you to work late nights and on weekends".
      Mar 29
    • New monomo
      You probably would have seen red flags, if any. Examples:

      - interviewers behaving like overbearing assholes
      - interviewers trying to be full of ego
      - exchange of respect, tone and wording
      - any situations where the team thought they are the best
      - signs of incompetence among interviewers
      Mar 30
    • American Express bugrama
      Ask them about sev 1 count YTD, 6 weeks average. Same thing about sev 2 and lower. Ask them if it is tier 1 app. Will give you on idea about on call. Also ask how is on call maintained. Ask about apps they maintain and their scale. How do they run sprints.
      Ask them about their current challenges. What important challneges they fixed or faced in last 6-12 months. Ask them their team distribution between sde1-3 to get an idea of career growth.

      Point here is to collect data. Any good manager should be open to sharing this. You can make your decision based on this.
      Mar 30
  • Microsoft Tay.I.
    Why only 2 years?
    Mar 29 8
    • GoDaddy / Eng employee07
      OP
      I want to join for the experience, which I think will help me grow in my career. But I'm thinking after a couple of years of learning as much as possible, I can move to a company with a better WLB.
      Mar 29
    • Microsoft
      qGFA13

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      How much were you offered??
      Mar 30
    • GoDaddy / Eng employee07
      OP
      I'm still waiting on the numbers. I'm considering 2 teams in different locations so it's going to depend on that. Will post back here.
      Mar 30
    • New / Eng zzzzzz-ZZ
      @gw What are red and yellow badges ? Are employees given different badges depending on experience ?
      Mar 30
    • Amazon amazons
      Yellow - 5 years
      Red - 10 years

      About half my team are yellow badges for one data point
      Mar 30
  • Intel / Eng GAku06
    If it is AWS, they pay way more. Answer is - as high as you are able to negotiate
    Mar 29 3
    • GoDaddy / Eng employee07
      OP
      It's the Alexa org
      Mar 29
    • Amazon amazons
      False. AWS pays the exact same as every other team in Amazon for the same level and role. I’ve worked and hired teams in both AWS and Two other orgs.
      Mar 30
    • Intel / Eng GAku06
      I have friends same level and role with much higher TC in AWS compared with same level and role in Amazon. Then maybe they did better in their interviews
      Mar 30
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    • GoDaddy / Eng employee07
      OP
      Interesting read, thanks for sharing! Although since I'm planning to jump in 2 or 3 years anyway (if I join) it doesn't really apply to my situation.

      It's good to keep in mind though in case I have to stay on for some unforeseen reason. Thanks again.
      Mar 31
    • GoDaddy / Eng employee07
      OP
      Agreed, that's true. You never know what might happen. Amazon isn't my first choice, but I will consider them if the TC is much better than my other options.

      I'm assuming you're considering leaving? Where are you looking to move to?
      Mar 31
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    • GoDaddy / Eng employee07
      OP
      True, but I'm still young in my career, and working at a company like Amazon would help me grow
      Mar 29