Amazon Lowball

Bloomberg / Eng walkit
May 17, 2018 18 Comments

I just received an offer from Amazon. I interviewed for SDE2 but was offer SDE1. The offer is TC $150k and I have a competing NYC offer that is TC $225k at what would be equivalent to an SDE2 position.

This seems extremely low for an engineer with 2 years experience. Any advice on how to negotiate? Also is it possible to negotiate this into an SDE2 position?

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  • Daimler / Eng SeaWolf
    Dude just go to NYC then, seems like a no brainer
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon VTech Bro
    You should pick the NYC 225k offer, the 150k offer for 2 yoe is very reasonable and realistic.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Illumina lochnesss
    2 years experience often means nothing.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Oracle Microsoft.
    Interview with another team
    May 17, 2018 2
  • Amazon -anon-
    Anything under $350k on blind is low. But seriously, 2 years experience is not much. You have a great offer in NY. You can let the recruiter know about the offer to see if they can counter, but it is likely above anything you will get at Amazon for only 2 years. If you interviewed for SDE2, and we're offered SDE1, then you already gave it a shot and it reflects the interviewers assessment. As the post above says, your only shot at Amazon SDE2 now would be interviewing on another team so that other interviewers can review.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    Andjdjfbaj

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    IBM
    BIO
    ML @ Amazon
    Andjdjfbajmore
    That’s barely more than me with 0 years experience.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    lordofther

    Amazon Eng

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    Amazon
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    Sdm
    lordofthermore
    150K for 2 years is more than fair. You will learn more as an SDE1 at Amazon, and you will succeed. There are SDE2s here with 10+ years experience, some 15+
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Product Gucci Gang
    One could point out that 150k in Seattle isn’t the same as 225k in NYC. I mean New York is f*cking expensive.
    May 17, 2018 1
    • Amazon superclose
      You could live comfortably in Hoboken or Newport without having to Shell out any more than you would in areas close to downtown Seattle.
      May 17, 2018
  • Microsoft Lhtaiq
    2 yoe... what do you expect. Many companies will give you entry level
    May 18, 2018 0
  • Tinder / Eng
    meowimacat

    Tinder Eng

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    Microsoft
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    Im a cat! Meow 🐈
    meowimacatmore
    What's the company in NYC?
    May 17, 2018 0
  • ForeSee 2bFANGr
    Can you share sde1 offer details? I am in the same boat expecting an offer too.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon superclose
    Amazon would rather downlevel in error. There is money (possibly more at "junior" levels) outside of FAANG. I would take the NYC offer and look at the growing bank account for satisfaction.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon xCCNcx54
    150 is pretty much middle of SDE 1 pay band... pretty standard offer
    May 17, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      Andjdjfbaj

      Amazon Eng

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      IBM
      BIO
      ML @ Amazon
      Andjdjfbajmore
      Middle? Sounds like the low end to me. I’m getting $5k less
      May 17, 2018
  • Snapchat IIIIlIllI
    They know people are not coming even they offer similar package as other companies. In this case low-balling people hoping that they don't have other offers sounds like the way to go.
    May 17, 2018 0

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