Amazon SDE-II offer - where can it improve?

New / Eng 6'5" Swede
May 9, 2018 26 Comments

Just received offer the day after my interview.

SDE-II on AWS team in Seattle
142k base
60k/45k sign on for 1st/2nd years
90 RSUs with standard vesting, so 145k current value.

So $209k TC first year. 3yrs exp.

I expect other offers, but Amazon was first to get back. (One interview still not until next week.)

What has the most room for improvement: base/bonus/RSUs?

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TOP 26 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng Urchin
    Thats very high for 3 years of experience.
    May 9, 2018 5
    • New / Eng 6'5" Swede
      OP
      Interviews went about as well as I could have expected. Bar raiser seemed particularly impressed. HM went 1hr longer than scheduled with her mostly trying to sell me on the job at the end.
      May 9, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Urchin
      Cool. What company you coming from?
      May 9, 2018
    • New / Eng 6'5" Swede
      OP
      Unknown ~100 person startup from Midwest where I've been able to take on a lot due to company size.
      May 9, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Urchin
      Anyways wait for other offers, but I doubt they'll beat that. I had 7yrs of experience at time and I got slightly less than that TC gor first year. Where else have you interviewed?
      May 9, 2018
    • New / Eng 6'5" Swede
      OP
      MSFT (told to expect offer), FB, Dropbox. Google next week. I was pleased with the Amazon offer, but feel like if that's their initial offer I'm leaving something on the table if I don't counter at least once.
      May 9, 2018
  • Uber JuAv51
    I think your rsu is low. Should be 300k in rsu
    May 9, 2018 3
    • New / Eng 6'5" Swede
      OP
      Even for Amazon? G/FB/unicorns seem to offer that at this level, but I haven't seen that high from Amazon before. Except for people who were granted offers several years ago and now the stock has 3-4x'ed.
      May 9, 2018
    • Uber JuAv51
      U must not be very good
      May 9, 2018
    • Uber JuAv51
      Go learn scala . Then you will get that much
      May 9, 2018
  • Amazon
    tomka

    Amazon

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    tomkamore
    RSU
    May 9, 2018 6
    • Amazon
      tomka

      Amazon

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      tomkamore
      Search on Blind to see latest L5 offers.. but it won't change significantly as it's a good offer based on your YOE.
      May 9, 2018
    • New / Eng 6'5" Swede
      OP
      I've probably read every relavent post from last several months and have seen the same 90 RSUs come up a few times for SDE-II. Haven't seen much talk about range besides 250k TC being mentioned as an upper limit for SDE-II offers to SDE-III applicants who were downleveled.
      May 9, 2018
    • Amazon
      tomka

      Amazon

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      tomkamore
      Ya.. it's a good offer and you can take it.. but it doesn't harm to negotiate
      May 9, 2018
    • Amazon amzchn
      Is your Total experience is only 3 yrs ?? Or after MS ??
      Which company you are working for now ??
      May 11, 2018
    • Amazon amzchn
      I am also transferring to AWS Seattle team from India internally, got somewhere same or less
      Around 190-200k $ with base of 150k
      Total 3 yrs experience after graduation in India
      May 11, 2018
  • Microsoft JDwb49
    I was offered 147/90/60+45 in Seattle (Alexa Smart Home). Told them that's lower than what I have now. They did not bulgr.
    May 10, 2018 2
    • You just have to walk out of the deal then.
      May 10, 2018
    • Microsoft JDwb49
      I told them that I'd like to broaden my responsibilities, not to downshift from MS Senior to Amazon's SDE2. I also found a more senior open position at a more aligned Amazon team. The recruiter went silent.
      May 13, 2018
  • Amazon poeidon
    Your TC seems good overall. It's on the higher end.
    May 12, 2018 0
  • Ask for at least 125 RSUs if you did your interviews well
    May 9, 2018 0
  • New 300kTC
    They gave same offer to me in Sunnyvale only diff is base 20k more. And I said no. I have 10 years exp
    May 9, 2018 0
  • New / Eng 6'5" Swede
    OP
    Lmao, I do actually have professional Scala exp, not sure why you mention it specifically. I've just not seen particularly high RSU grants from Amazon for SDE-II versus higher levels.
    May 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Mgmt
    SguJ18

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    SguJ18more
    Whichever part you move, you’re ultimately just moving up the TC and in subsequent years they’ll + or - additional grants to keep you in range. But your TC isn’t going to change much in the first two years (aside from stock projected growth) so personally I’d hit for as high of a base as you can now and plan on it moving <2% a year after that
    May 9, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Other manWorrior
    Vrey good offer
    May 9, 2018 0