Amazon SDE1 vs Nordstrom Eng 2 Offer Evaluation(Seattle)

Comcast kavx16
Aug 18, 2018 16 Comments

I have 3 years of work experience and make close to 120k a year in the Greater Seattle area with an 8% annual bonus. The stock grants at my current company are not really substantial.

I got an offer from Amazon SDE1(L4) on the Amazon Global Expansion team. The details of that are:
1) Base pay: $115,000
2) Sign on bonus: $45000(25k at sign on and 20k over the second year)
3) 40 RSU's

So that makes it a total TC of $144250(115000 + 45000/4 + 72000/4)

I also have another offer from Nordstrom for Engineer 2 role on the Supply chain and warehouse team.

The details are
1) Base pay $125,000
2) 20% annual bonus(50% based on personal performance, 50% based on company performance)

So TC of close to 150k

I also gave an onsite interview at Apple on the Siri team in Cupertino this week but haven't heard back from them.

My top choice is Amazon. So I wanted to ask if there is room for improvement on both the offers and what strategy would you guys suggest to make the most out of my current situation.

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TOP 16 Comments
  • Apple / Eng
    brownrice

    Apple Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    brownricemore
    If the work is more or less the same, then go for Amazon. For your yoe having amazon on your resume will definitely be a boost for your next job search down the line. That has been my exp at least. Recruiters are more likely to reach out to you if you have a FANG company on your resume. Don’t worry about the diff in tc, you should focus on building your skills, or at least a good cv (while not compromising too much on the work)
    Aug 18, 2018 9
    • Amazon D83!jak
      If the role at Amazon is boring, you can at least transfer internally pretty easily to something more interesting. Not sure if that would be the case at Nordstrom
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Comcast kavx16
      OP
      Do you guys think the title is negotiable? Or is Amazon strict in that regard? I was hoping if I could push the base to around 130k. But it seems far fetched from your comments.
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Amazon D83!jak
      Nope, your level is not negotiable
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Comcast kavx16
      OP
      What's the maximum TC that I can aim for? 170k-180k? Also does Amazon give out annual bonuses?
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Amazon Icupb4
      Max for sde1 is around 160ish I believe. Base won't go as high as 130k. No annual bonuses
      Aug 19, 2018
  • West Corporation theocean
    Given that op already has 3yoe. If op does well then is it possible to became sde2 in a year or something at Amazon.
    For many amazon sde2 roles job description says 2 to 3yoe.
    Aug 18, 2018 2
    • Comcast kavx16
      OP
      Yeah that is another concern of mine. I am at level 3(new grad level is 2) at my current company. So this seems to be a step down in terms of title. Although I do realize FANG companies do tend to give a lower title. Plus I cant say I really aced all the interviews
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Tableau bb18hhqu
      Comcast to Amazon is a promo, not a down level
      Aug 18, 2018
  • Amazon
    BlackPearl

    Amazon

    PRE
    Amazon
    BlackPearlmore
    OP, were you able to negotiate?
    Aug 21, 2018 1
    • Comcast kavx16
      OP
      I did but wasnt much
      Sep 4, 2018
  • New / Eng
    Loser101

    New Eng

    PRE
    Uber
    Loser101more
    Room for Rsu and sign on
    Aug 18, 2018 0

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