Amazon total comp expectations

Clever Devices / Eng 72offsuit
May 7 9 Comments

Moving on to next round of interviews for Software Engineer (2 I’m assuming since I’m Sr level already). Recruiter asked total comp expectations... no idea what to ask for since no company I’ve worked for has had stock options.

Currently at 125k base, 10-15% bonus with 3 yoe (just promoted to Sr software Engineer a few weeks ago)

Is 250k tc reasonable? 150/25/75 or something? This is for the Alexa team which I think is Seattle

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  • Amazon Beff-Jezos
    That’s the maximum of the SDE2 band. You can target 250K but I would consider 220-230K a very solid offer.

    BTW Amazon doesn’t give any bonus so it will be base + RSU. Stock is vested 5%, 15%, 40%, 40% in four years and you can expect big sign-on for the first two years.
    May 7 4
    • Clever Devices / Eng 72offsuit
      OP
      So what would the structure look like for an offer of 220 tc? 150 base + 280k stock spread out over 4 years (14, 42, 112,112)?
      May 7
    • Clever Devices / Eng 72offsuit
      OP
      Or would they give you 70k stock a year and just cliff vest at the 5/15/40/40 schedule?
      May 7
    • Amazon Beff-Jezos
      150 base + 180k stock (5/15/40/40). Ask 140k sign-on for the first two years.
      May 7
    • Clever Devices / Eng 72offsuit
      OP
      Great thanks for the info. After this phone interview is the next step in person? How many rounds?
      May 7
  • New / Eng wQck55
    Usual negotiation wisdom is “don’t give a number first”. Worked for me, they will usually not push you for a number. Ask for the level too, just because you are senior now does not imply a certain level at Amazon.
    May 7 1
    • New Rh20jS
      They pushed me really, really hard for a number at Amazon.
      May 7
  • Clever Devices / Eng 72offsuit
    OP
    Hopefully not selling myself short, but I threw out 150k base plus a stock package to be negotiated
    May 7 0
  • Microsoft
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    250k for 3 yoe... Bubble bout to burst!
    May 7 0