Amazon SDE I - Seattle Relocation option 💷

T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
Aug 10 37 Comments

Hi guys,

I am moving to Seattle from other state.

I am wondering which option is better:
* Lump sum (7K minus tax)
or full coverage? What's pros and cons? is it negotiable for new grad?

- Alone
- *may* ship my car
- haven't found apt/townhouse at Seattle yet.

Thank you.

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TOP 37 Comments
  • Amazon new.grad
    I would suggest lump sum if you don't have much stuff, finding apartment in Seattle isn't tough. I would only consider relo package coz of car. You can look into it and decide
    Aug 11 8
    • Amazon new.grad
      Yeah in belltown area it won't be tough. You can check on apartments.com or look for recommendations on fb groups
      Aug 11
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      I’ll be in seattle office :(
      Aug 11
    • Amazon new.grad
      In downtown all offices are in area of max 15min walk
      Aug 11
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      I see. Thanks 🙏 I’ll look into it
      Aug 11
    • Amazon new.grad
      Share your tc & experience
      Aug 11
  • Pretty sure the lump sum is net (so taxes covered by Amazon).

    The managed package is worth more, but depends how much of the services you'll use. The big benefits:
    - Corporate housing for 30-45 days
    - Relocation advisor to help you find a place
    - Help you sell your house or break your current lease
    - Rental car/Uber/train allowance
    - Extra cash allowance (mine was about $4k)
    - 45 days of storage for your stuff

    I took the managed one mainly because I'm moving internationally with a family and it has a lot of benefits for me.

    Pretty sure the relo packages aren't negotiable. I think they're set for each level (my package says L5/L6 on it).

    Honestly....even as a new grad without much stuff I'd probably still take the managed option. Ask yourself...What's your time worth? Are you going to arrive in Seattle and get an apartment and the rest of your life sorted in a week? Would it better to take a month and figure out where you want to live, get a better sense of your budget, etc.
    Aug 11 3
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      Thanks for the details. Does lump sum not have corporate housing?
      Aug 11
    • Nope. I just re-read my offer and here's what's in the lump sum option
      - Net payment of $13600
      - Final travel (airfare or mileage covered)
      - immigration reimbursement
      - City Switcher (relo company gives you access to some of the vendors that they use)
      Aug 11
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      Thank you. I may consider it
      Aug 11
  • Amazon pook
    depends.
    lump sum amount?
    Aug 11 15
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      Thank you for the input. But if I work less than 2 years then I need to pay back (package).
      Aug 11
    • Amazon pook
      what's the package worth?
      lump sum will also have a vesting period for paying back, prorated
      Aug 11
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      Idk. I emailed recruiter about packages worth.
      Aug 11
    • eBay abababbb
      2 years? Try to negotiate 1 year at least, 2 years pay back is too much
      Aug 11
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      Thats what i read on blind
      Aug 11
  • Amazon Clouddude
    Did they ask you to pay it back if you get PIP or resign? Make sure it’s very clear - They could go after you.
    Aug 11 2
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      I haven’t asked yet. Thanks I’ll ask on Monday
      Aug 11
    • Yes...if you leave for any reason inside of 2 years they'll come after it (on a pro rated basis).
      Aug 11
  • eBay abababbb
    ^ this. Depends how much lump sum they offer you (ask if they’ll cover for taxes)
    Aug 11 2
    • eBay abababbb
      All right with 7k minus taxes i would go with managed relo and avoid the hassle as it’s little money
      Aug 11
    • T-Mobile / Eng 🤴🏻Wick 🍇
      OP
      I do not have much stuff with me. :D
      Aug 11
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  • New / Eng ronney
    OP what questions were you asked for the SDE 1 position?
    Aug 11 0

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