Amazon SDM III/L6 Pre on-site compensation questions
I'm interviewing as a SDM III/L6 Prime Video in Seattle. Passed the phone screens, on-site is scheduled. The recruiter is pushing for my TC before the on-site.
My background. Over 25 years heavy technical leading 10-12 person teams. Founded a moderately successful start up very relevant to Amazon position and cashed out after 8 years in a very niche, limited available talent industry. The money isn't the biggest factor in my decision, I currently make more than their max base in passive income, but I'm ready to do something and I'd like to double up as I'm getting older and such. As I'm older with older person problems (teenagers in last two years of high school, wife with an east coast based job), large paid off house to relocate eventually, cars for a family of 5, etc. I have to maintain two households for a while. I am very interested in joining the team after speaking with and seeing the qualifications of peers so there's that.
They are saying L6, but I personally believe that I'm a very high L6 because of my unique experience relevant to the position.
I'm more interested in having the TC be enough that I can relocate, hit the ground and not worry about the day to day complications of not having quite enough money to to be completely dedicated, make the life altering changes worth it and something I'm pumped about. Can I successfully use any of the above as leverage in the negotiations?
I'm need them to max out the base, that's not really a negotiation, but what do you think about the sign on bonus and timing, the relocation, and stock amount/schedule?