So while I humble brag a little, let me tell you about this (awesome) problem that I have.
Edit: I have 7 YOE as a design verification (HW) engineer.
I recently signed an offer with Amazon to be an SDE 1 and working on ads. They said I'd be doing stuff like working on mockups/MVPs of Android apps and web portal stuff. The breakdown is this:
Sign on Bonus: 26k the first year, 18k second
RSUs: 35 shares (vesting 5/15/40/40)
This is beyond my expectations in both comp and work subject matter. I'm a little scared by their reputation... I'm leaving my current job because I feel out of place, unappreciated, and a cog in the machine. Amazon's frugality and the whole PIP thing is making me worried that it'll feel the same as working for Intel but with higher comp.
I had an on-site with Verily last week, thinking I would just use the interview for practice but I came away from the experience with a super positive impression. The amenities are like Google's, and all my interviewers were the most friendly and chill people I've met so far. The projects they described sound as creative and interesting if not more than Amazon's and their comp breakdown is comparable and actually a little higher in beginning.
Sign on: 0
Perf bonus: 15% of base (~21k) if meets exp.
RSUs: 94k (vesting 50% then monthly the second year)
Some additional notes for Verily:
Google will buy back the stock, so it's more liquid than other startups. Also I heard that you can switch to Google easily, but that sounds like heresay to me. Would love confirmation on this.
What would you choose?
I'm leaning towards reneging from Amazon... Getting blacklisted from such a huge FAANG company is going to hurt though. I will be thinking long and hard about this for the next week or so...
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their insights and contributions. I tried to take as much as possible into consideration and I think it really influenced my decision. Thanks!!