Just got an offer from Amazon in Seattle. I interviewed for a FEE II spot, got an offer for a WDE II spot due to a “weakness in algorithms and data structures” and a strength in front end specific technologies (that’s probably accurate...)
Their initial offering is:
108k base (they say they absolutely can’t go higher than this)
27.5k sign on Y1, 20.5k Y2
I can’t help but almost feel offended by this. I make approximately 130k TC in Chicago now. I’ve explained the difference in CoL but the recruiter has more or less ignored it from the beginning.
I’m going to counter but I don’t even know where to begin... Help pls.
Edit: 3.5YoE, no counter offers in Seattle (1 in Chicago for approximately the same TC but the value is cash rather than RSU like it is now)
What I see from the above communication is that the team would like your expertise in the web dev area, but won't miss you if you decide to not join.
That being said, I know several cases like this and I know that it is pretty straight forward to move from WDE to FEE role once you are inside Amazon. Talk to your manager about this intention and you should be able to come up with a plan to move to FEE in under a year. (You will have to put in the extra work to show that you have improved in the algorithms etc aspect). But this is definitely possible and if you want to otherwise join Amazon, don't miss out just for the salary in the short term.
The above salary is of course not stellar and I don't think you will get Amazon to change this too much. Again this comes back to the interview performance.
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