I’m currently in an Amazon split loop as an L5 applicant. One team in Seattle, another in Portland (AWS).
I like Portland because of the low COL, but would like some helpful opinions on potential pros and cons of both locations.
Thanks in advance.
- No, you can no longer deduct state taxes from federal. A change made by the current administration.
Seattle has drastically higher COL if you want to be anywhere near Amazon centers.
But it has drastically more opportunities and much better food, culture and nightlife.
- Housing any where near Amazon tech jobs has distorted the COL in Seattle. They hire at a very high comp level because their goal is to release 20% of their employees every year.
So they offer comp above market value knowing that they can shed those costs. Jr employees with less experience come in to the area thinking that the comp they have is what they will continue to get, and spend above what they should.
When they’re cut, they realize no one else will pay them what they think they deserve.
Wash, rinse, repeat. The cost of living goes up based on the exuberance of the first two years, and then the Jrs get screwed and have to move to the sticks because the only job they can find pays less than it costs to live in the city.