Amazon Sign-on bonus

Jul 5 12 Comments

Hello,

I recently got an offer from Amazon for SDE2. The offer says that I would be paid 1st year and 2nd year sign-on bonus on installment every month.

AFAIK, the first year bonus is paid in lump sum.

Is that normal for Amazon?

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TOP 12 Comments
  • Amazon fhf5ndt9
    Yes, it's to make up for the 5, 15, 40, 40 vesting. You get cash to balance it out
    Jul 5 0
  • Google Want a 🍪?
    It’s signing bonus or sign-on bonus, fyi
    Jul 5 1
  • Amazon hatebay
    If it’s low (not sure if limit is 25k) you get it as a lump sum. Other wise you get it over the whole year as installment
    Jul 5 0
  • Amazon / Project rsMM06
    The Amazon sign on bonuses are paid in weekly installments so that if you quit nothing needs to be repaid
    Jul 6 0
  • Facebook public2
    Yep, it's how you get eased into the trap that is backweighted vesting.
    Jul 5 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    popozao

    Amazon Eng

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    popozaomore
    Your question is confusing. In episode one you note the bonus is paid out in installment every month.

    In episode 2, your question is about lump sum.

    It’s not a lump sum (one big payment on first paycheck), its installments. Installments is good because then you don’t have to pay anything back if you leave before end of year 2.
    Jul 5 2
    • OP
      By lump sum, I meant that big payment on 1st paycheck. I have never heard of anyone getting 1st year bonus in installment. I might be wrong though.
      For me, lump sum amount makes sense since I wouldn't not going anywhere for a year if I accept offer.
      Jul 5
    • Amazon / Eng
      popozao

      Amazon Eng

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      Microsoft
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      I’m from Fresno
      popozaomore
      It’s installment because it’s not a real bonus, it’s up front cash for the first two years to give time for your RSUs to grow and get you ready for Amazon’s real compensation plan (a significant chunk of your yearly compensation should be in the form of stock).
      Jul 5
  • Apple VKjg08
    1st year is lump sum, 2nd year is monthly
    Jul 5 1
    • Amazon silver_fox
      Wrong. Both years are paid out monthly
      Jul 6
  • Gap / Eng randUser
    It is normal. It's after a certain amount. Small signons are lump sum. Mine is an installment as well
    Jul 5 0