Amazon or Startup?

Credit Karma rayban
Feb 2 18 Comments

Little hinging towards Amazon because offer is from a critical Alexa team. Will get to work on variety of projects. Decent amount of senior people to learn from. I am ok if a little extra hours need to be put in since other offer would definitely have lot of pressure to perform. Never worked in a public company before.

Startup - Cool people, interesting product (engineering platform for xxx), work aligning with current experience, they are really going out of the way to make this offer, hence a lot of pressure, overall 50 people engg team and total company ~150. No equity definitely seems discouraging, they don't have a plan in place yet for RSUs.

YOE: 5

AMZN Sunnyvale: Base - 174k, ~280 TC
Startup: All cash 270k, 20k sign-on, no Equity

Please chime in if there are any facets to either offer I am not able to visualize.

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  • Reddit abc654
    WTF kind of a startup gives no equity? No RSU at early stage is normal, but are you sure there are not options?
    Feb 2 1
    • Credit Karma rayban
      OP
      Yeah. No options either.
      Feb 2
  • Twitch sidgaf
    No incentive at startup without equity.
    Feb 2 0
  • Alexa Sunnyvale is total trash and you would regret it. Plus rumor is there are big and much needed layoffs coming. go for the startup
    Feb 2 1
    • Credit Karma rayban
      OP
      Thanks for the insight. I’ll probably give it a try, rumors are there to stay, can’t ignore them.
      Feb 2
  • Asurion doormat_
    Those numbers are great though at 5 YOE. Congratulations!
    Feb 2 1
    • Credit Karma rayban
      OP
      Thanks
      Feb 2
  • New DvVM00
    just depends if you want to work at startup or bigco. ignore that it’s amazon
    Feb 2 2
    • Credit Karma rayban
      OP
      I’ll give big co a shot at this point.
      Feb 2
    • New DvVM00
      so then you might like to get a third offer, to compare two bigco’s. as is, you aren’t giving yourself any options.
      Feb 3
  • VMware nsxi
    The startup isn't worth it. There's less stability than Amazon. Without potential equity upside you aren't being compensated adequately for the risks. I was going to say you'll be working longer hours at the startup but since your other option is Amazon, that's probably not true 😉
    Feb 2 1
    • Credit Karma rayban
      OP
      Exactly. Longer hours not that big of an issue, startup comes with more risk then return.
      Feb 2
  • Amazon Truthtable
    Didt realize no equity at startup. Forget it then..
    Feb 2 0
  • PayPal wervziv
    Level at Amazon?
    Feb 2 1
    • Credit Karma rayban
      OP
      SDE2, I guess thats L5
      Feb 2
  • Hortonworks inqzin
    Job experience
    Job profile
    Health plans
    401k ?
    Feb 3 0
  • Amazon / Eng tylium
    Solid offer at l5. I dont think Alexa is the best org to work at although there are pockets of good teams.
    Feb 2 0
  • Pinger / Eng create💻
    Interesting offer from the startup. Is it JUUL or Roblox? Any hints?
    Feb 2 0