Amazon asking for expected compensation before onsite

NetApp / Eng friend.me
Feb 11 21 Comments

I am 6 yrs exp. Currently working mts3 in NetApp. Amazon is asking me the expected compensation before onsite interview. How do I deflect/handle this.

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  • Oracle not_larry
    Say you want to talk to the team first as part of the on-site. You consider the offer as a total package, can’t come up with TC in a vacuum.
    Feb 11 0
  • Asurion ardbeg
    “I don’t have a number in mind as I haven’t assessed the market at the moment. If I were to get an offer from you, we can iterate through it and I am sure we can work it out.”
    Feb 11 0
  • Amazon hadSexxxx
    Say 250k if job is in seattle
    Feb 11 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    OrangeMan

    Microsoft Eng

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    OrangeManmore
    I would not deflect it, instead I would give them a reasonable number that will work for you. Also, I will make sure to know the level for which you will be interviewing for. If your loop is for SDE2 from start, they will not consider you for SDE3 in any case.
    Feb 11 2
    • NetApp / Eng friend.me
      OP
      The job posting was for sde with 5+ years experience. So I expect it would be for sde
      Feb 11
    • Microsoft / Eng
      OrangeMan

      Microsoft Eng

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      Microsoft
      OrangeManmore
      It cannot be for SDE1. Also levels are not usually attached with job posting. Ask your recruiter for the level.
      Feb 11
  • Paychex cout
    Answer: I would like to hold on to this part until we move forward with the process.
    Feb 11 0
  • Amazon EFaX22
    I had just told them that I'm not comfortable sharing this information. They were ok with it
    Feb 11 0
  • Amadeus Trick2g
    Tell them you will explore the topic of salary after interviewing.
    Feb 12 2
    • Amazon chskriut
      Doesn’t work when they say “we cannot proceed with the interview process until you provide an expected salary, it’s policy” .... what would you do now?
      Feb 12
    • Amadeus Trick2g
      I have faced that before. I responded by telling them that I am very excited about the company and would love to talk to the team over the onsite interview. And that I am sure that they pay market level compensation to their engineers and I don’t foresee any issues when it comes to compensation. So having said that, I would love to interview and find out more about the role. This works like a charm every time for me.
      Feb 12
  • VMware unbalanced
    They won't cancel on-site if you don't provide them the number.
    Feb 11 2
    • Amazon chskriut
      Some places hold the interview process ransom until you provide expected comp (ie not give you tech phone screen until you provide expected comp). I just had this experience with weride.ai .
      Feb 11
    • VMware unbalanced
      Well, I was saying based on my experience with Amazon. I told them something like I'm not comfortable / rather talk to the team first or something - don't remember the details.
      Feb 11
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    • NetApp / Eng friend.me
      OP
      Recruiter want in email
      Feb 11
    • Tableau heavenish
      Ask what's the range and median comp for your level. They probably won't tell you. This is all part of the game. Be polite, but wait till later. if by some bizarre circumstance they did actually tell you the range and the mean and the median then I'd consider telling them your comp expectations.
      Feb 11
  • Broadcom Ltd. minarva
    In California it’s illegal to ask that question
    Feb 11 1
    • MathWorks uyG5et
      It's illegal to ask about current compensation, but not about expected compensation.
      Feb 11
  • Amazon kmcY20
    The first person to say a number loses.
    Feb 12 0
  • Cisco aztG43
    You can say market rate. But they may want a number for TC. Give them your TC expectations if they insist. Do not lowball just to get interview. It will not always work to try to increase your offer later.
    Feb 11 0
  • Cisco aztG43
    No, its not illegal to ask expected compensation in California. It is illegal to ask current salary.
    Feb 11 0