Amazon worth $100k pay cut?

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Apr 4, 2018 79 Comments

I live in Seattle and interviewed with Amazon, after some negotiation got the final offer but it is a low one.. most likely barely made it or I'm being overpaid.. even considering snap RSUs for the next year at $10 I would be taking a ~$100k TC pay cut, don't have FAANG on the resume so I'm thinking: is it worth it from a career perspective?

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  • Google angrydude
    Amazon is not worth $50k increase
    Apr 4, 2018 2
    • Amazon
      TyYt34

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      TyYt34more
      Haha
      Apr 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Ops Heyno
      Agreed
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Amazon fHQu87
    Amazon is not worth $100K pay cut. It is a terrible company to work for on wlb, so your hourly wage will be less even if the salary were the same. But $100K pay cut?

    Can i ask: do you suck at negotiating? How is it that they made you an offer that far off the mark? Just tell them they need to match or else.
    Apr 4, 2018 1
  • AT&T / Eng
    DDM2K

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    DDM2Kmore
    Amazon isn’t the A in FANG you want.
    Apr 4, 2018 5
    • New / Eng
      jesus.cpp

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      Apple
      Apr 4, 2018
    • Apple nickrhoads
      Apple? Hell to the no.
      Apr 4, 2018
    • New / Eng
      jesus.cpp

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      jesus.cppmore
      AT&T?
      Apr 4, 2018
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

      AT&T Eng

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      DDM2Kmore
      Yes. Lol
      Apr 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

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      Hooliganssmore
      Lol
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Revinate JPQ
    Should a career perspective override a life perspective? It's not worth it.
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    jesus.cpp

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    jesus.cppmore
    I have heard from Amazon recruiters that they are explicitly underpaying and under-leveling candidates now compared to a year or two ago.

    Attrition has come down substantially and they have fewer open slots. So they are playing hardball with candidates.

    Your offer reflects that. Now is a bad time to join Amazon.

    There is nothing magical about Amazon. Some teams are good. Some teams suck. Just like every other company.
    Apr 4, 2018 3
    • Amazon / Mgmt awsfart
      I’m sorry. But as an Amazon HM, this isn’t true. If I’m making an offer it’s because I want the candidate to accept it. I’m going to do everything in my power to make their pay fair, and hopefully give them more. I level candidates to the bar— we have a company program called bar raisers that ensure I’m consistent.

      Plus, there is no advantage to me in underleveling or underpaying someone. I’m given headcount to manage my team, not a salary budget. I could hire 60 principals with my headcount or a mix of levels.

      I’m sorry Amazon couldn’t compete for you OP. I do know people who took an equivalent pay cut to come here. I’ve never seen it for a name on the resume, but to change technology and learn our business. As others have pointed out though; there are many ways to do this.
      Apr 4, 2018
    • New / Eng
      jesus.cpp

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      jesus.cppmore
      Dear sir or madam.

      It is definitely true. This offer is one data point. There are many others like this. Including direct conversations with VPs at Amazon. Dig deeper and you will find out.

      It is also makes economic sense for a company to be less aggressive with comp when they have less attrition and fewer open headcount. I am not blaming Amazon for this.

      If Amazon didn’t behave this way, they would be a wasteful company. Amazon has frugality as one of its leadership principles. You don’t think that applies to HR? 🤔
      Apr 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

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      Hooliganssmore
      What? It sounds like OP didn’t do a great job at negotiating. They could have shared their current comp and at least get equal. If an HM wants you, they’ll give you an equal, or most times, better comp than you currently have.

      Either the HM didn’t know what OP was currently making (they’re mistake), or they’re not a priority candidate. Pick your poison.

      For reference, I got a good amount more than the normal returning intern offer because I shared my offers at other companies.
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Amazon hey
    Here’s how this works. You spend your first 1-1.5 years in blind, crippling anger. Technically, you can’t graduate from this phase until you locate 3-5 people who are more responsible for accepting your shitty offer than you are. Finally, you’re up for promo, and you probably get it. You experience exactly 5 seconds of non-angst. Then you get your comp adjustment. It is a 10% raise. You resist the urge to blow the whole thing on a flight to Spokane and reserve your wealth for other luxuries, like a Costco membership. You never use it, because there is no time. At this point, you get courted by Microsoft, receive the offer you’ve been groomed to accept, and don’t do the thing you came to do: get more FAANG jobs. In a year, you call it a wash and go back to Snapchat.

    See you Monday?
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon Ujhy23
    Many will take $100k cut to leave Amazon
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Papowizb
    I don’t think it’s 100K difference. Tell us breakdown or you’re full of shit.
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Microsoft kiyQ24
    Sure it is! Does snap has a future? If you get laid off from snap, you might regret letting this go off. Join them and leave after 1-2 years if you don't like the team or culture. Exit options would be much better imo
    Apr 4, 2018 1
    • I agree with this👆
      Snap is on unknown ground and overly generous packages distributed around IPO aren’t helping their situation, hence the layoffs. Amazon is likely more at your market rate than maybe what you’re currently earning... (Sorry, but my Snap friends ran into this too)
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng
    Hader

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    Hadermore
    Hell no
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    WiseA$$

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    WiseA$$more
    Nope plain and simple. My advise to you is join a team and do not join a company. You could join one of the top four and end up doing very mundane work that does not help you grow, so big 4 for the sake of big 4 is not a great idea. Just watch where you step and do not take a pay cut unless you are getting something you value more in return.
    Apr 4, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
      jesus.cpp

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      jesus.cppmore
      Spot on. People chasing “brands” on their resume will regret this, when they work in a shitty FANG team making $100k less and working OT.
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Snapchat Xbeo
    I wouldn’t go to amazon if they doubled my salary lol. This is a ridiculous question. If you really really hate your manager, then just go, but damn, find a startup or something fun.
    Apr 5, 2018 0
  • Amazon mbhv75
    I absolutely love working for amazon but I wouldn’t think twice about leaving for an extra 100k
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon hLED85
    No. Also there is nothing here to learn. Just having it on resume not worth any cut.
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Mgmt Kaiju17
    Regardless of the company, why would this be worth it? What's the payback plan for this cost? I'm incredulous about the thinking here...

    Btw I have a Nigerian prince who wants to meet you about a great financial opportunity ;)
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon opens no doors. Snap is as good. Why would you take a cut to join amazon and screw wlb? Besides it will be much more than a 100k cut when the stock goes south and their accounting shenanigans take the limelight, usps renegotiates their contract in oct and Washington goes after them similar to what Microsoft faced few decades ago.
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • New / Mgmt BUWs74
    Fuck ‘em.
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • Amazon Amazon_Kid
    No.
    Apr 4, 2018 0
  • New lahwa
    Brb taking six figure paycut to go to a less prestigious company
    Apr 4, 2018 2
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      Hader

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      Hadermore
      ^5’ 6” Indian?
      Apr 4, 2018
    • New lahwa
      I dont care much for prestige i mean snap opens more doors
      Apr 4, 2018
  • Amazon OTdS88
    Hell no
    Apr 4, 2018 0