Amazon hiring levels & comp

Oracle / Eng
blitzkid

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Aug 16 24 Comments

I am starting to interview at Amazon in a week. I want to know what level/title and compensation I should be targeting.

YOE - 6 yrs
Education - Master's Computer Science
Location - New HQ2 (Arlington Virginia)
Current - IC4 Oracle (recently promoted)

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  • Amazon ping5
    They won't give sde1 at this yoe and sde3 at this experience is possible if you have done some awesome things in past.
    Location?
    Aug 16 9
    • Cisco / Eng ciscoian
      What is SD3?
      Aug 16
    • Amazon / Eng
      amaz.

      Amazon Eng

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      amaz.more
      SDE3 with 6 YOE from Oracle is pretty unlikely to happen. Loop might be set at SDE2.
      Aug 16
    • Cisco / Eng ciscoian
      What is the yoe for sd3?
      Aug 16
    • Amazon / Eng
      amaz.

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      amaz.more
      There is no set number. Also OP is from Oracle, so unless OP has done top tier tech company stuff, SDE3 might be unlikely.

      6YOE from Google might get an SDE3 loop for example if they have good track record of high level work.
      Aug 16
    • Amazon ping5
      Average yoe for existing sde3's is 10+
      Aug 16
  • Amazon / Eng mOwGLee
    You should aim for SDE-3 coming from IC4. I wouldnt recommend moving otherwise. A lot of people internally are getting to SDE3 in 4 1/2-6 years.
    Aug 16 6
    • Amazon qxYV43
      Do you mean 4.5 years to get to SDE 3 from SDE 1?
      Aug 16
    • Amazon / Eng mOwGLee
      Agree the bar is higher, but thats bullshit. I would rather take a downlevel at a company like FB/G(if OP can get an E4/T4) with better pay and faster promo, or aim for a 64 at Msft which is a respected level rather coming in as an SDE2 from IC4. Moreover, i wouldnt think SDE2 pay would considerably beat an IC4 comp.
      Aug 16
    • Amazon ping5
      Sde1 are only college grads.. They usually become sde2 in 2-3 years or they have to be managed out..
      For sde2 to sde3 it depends on many factors and they have to create cross team or org level impact and demonstrate solving ambiguous and complex problems. It doesn't have to do much with yoe.
      Aug 16
    • Amazon ping5
      I agree with mOwGLee. The range for amazon sde2 is too broad. In my and neighbor teams, 80% of SDEs are sde2 and there are teams with 100% sde2s
      Aug 16
    • Amazon / Eng
      point.

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      All college hires are SDE1, but not all SDE1s are college hires.
      Aug 16
  • Workday / Eng Rekt_
    Not to derail the conversation, is it wise to consider an offer for 200k bay area SDE1 with 3 yoe?
    Aug 16 2
    • Amazon ping5
      Yes, it's good enough but try for sde2. Levels are company specific so can't comment
      Aug 16
    • Oracle / IT
      kp1857

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      Yes try SDE2 , Promo from SDE-1 to SDE-2 is maasive exercise
      Aug 16
  • Amazon ping5
    TC range will be 180-250k. Ask for 250k
    Aug 16 2
    • Oracle / Eng
      blitzkid

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      OP
      What would be the breakdown base/stock ?
      Aug 16
    • Amazon ping5
      There are many threads where you can get this information 😀
      Aug 16
  • Oracle / IT
    kp1857

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    kp1857more
    Please refer to levels.fyi for level and salary comparisons
    Aug 16 0

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