Amazon Joining Bonus Qs.?

Bank of America / Other tSWv17
Dec 10, 2018 16 Comments

Cleared Amazon L6 SDM interview and had an initial pre-offer discussion with the recruiter.
(TC still pending)

The joining bonus as I understand looking at posts here on Blind is paid monthly now and not in a single paycheck in the beginning of Yr 1 & Yr 2.

Qs -- Is the Year 1 bonus amount paid in all of first 12 months of you joining, followed by Year 2 bonus amount paid in months 13-24 from the joining month?
Example -->
Year 1 JB: $120K; joining month: March 2019;
March 2019 - February 2020 = $10K/month

Year 2 JB: $60K;
March 2020 - February 2021 = $5K/month

Or did I get the concept of 'pro-rated' wrong?!

Current TC on East Coast: ~$200K
YoE: ~8 Years

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TOP 16 Comments
  • Parallon Whham!
    My recruiter told me joining bonus will give as a full amount in first paycheck.. If I leave, it'll be paid back by me of the months remaining out of 12. Also pay cycle is monthly not biweekly
    Dec 10, 2018 6
    • Parallon Whham!
      Prime video (Seattle) .. Offer letter mentions clearly that it'll all be in 1st paycheck.
      Dec 10, 2018
    • Amazon munk
      They might do it differently then. All my data points are in AWS.
      Dec 10, 2018
    • Bank of America / Other tSWv17
      OP
      @Whham! - thanks mate! My org at Amazon is gonna be AWS but it's good to learn about the variation! I'll update the post once I get my offer. 👍
      Dec 10, 2018
    • Amcor born2ball
      FYI only people that hate their life go work for aws... source? I’m at amazon and know people that run out of aws the first chance they get haha
      Dec 11, 2018
    • Amazon munk
      I'm at AWS and love it here, and so does everyone else I know that works here. I'm sure it varies by job title and team the same way it would anywhere else, but don't assume that everyone hates it just because some people do.
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Amazon munk
    The bonus is broken up into equal payments that are spread across all of your paychecks throughout the year. If you get paid monthly, divide by 12. If you get paid weekly, divide by 26. Note that there is actually a small additional payment at the end of the year, because you "earn" it daily but get paid in chunks, and neither 12 nor 26 divide evenly into 365.
    Dec 10, 2018 3
    • Bank of America / Other tSWv17
      OP
      @munk - super thanks!
      Follow-up, just to confirm: So even if I join in March 2019 then I will get the 1st year bonus untill February 2020?!
      Dec 10, 2018
    • Amazon munk
      Yes. Then the second year bonus kicks in.
      Dec 10, 2018
    • Bank of America / Other tSWv17
      OP
      @munk - thanks, I created the post cuz I got worried that what if I join in March (for eg.) and then only get 1 Year bonus for March - December period of the "1st Year" (and so less than a full 12 months..)..guess I was (happily) wrong!!
      Dec 10, 2018
  • Amazon UUVv22
    It just gets paid as part of your paycheck. So it’s biweekly and not monthly.
    Dec 10, 2018 1
    • Bank of America / Other tSWv17
      OP
      @UUVv22 - thanks, but I understand the bi-weekly part..that's standard.
      If you can help by commenting on the first 12 & then the next 12 months of payment?
      Dec 10, 2018
  • HighQ #1#2$
    AFAIK, your understanding is correct. How much management experience?
    Dec 10, 2018 1
    • Bank of America / Other tSWv17
      OP
      @#1#2$ - Thanks for your reply; waiting to see responses from Amazon community to get a confirmation.
      Management work-ex: 5 Years
      Dec 10, 2018
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