American Express?

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Oct 4, 2018 23 Comments

I’m talking to them now and they’re saying they’re looking to pay $180k – $190k salary. I’m on my way to the Google on-site, and I’m likely to fail. I’m talking to other companies, and I hate finance (the culture, the pretentiousness, the ‘boys club’ politics), but that’s a pretty high salary IMO—too good to pass up. They’re expediting their hiring process and want to take me right to the on-site. Amex says “classic finance” to me.

Is Amex worth any attention if 1) I want career growth (plan to become an EM at some point within the next 3 years) and 2) I want a respectable career resumé at my 10-year mark?

(5 YOE)

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  • Microsoft / Eng Tier 1
    I thought Amex paid relatively poorly. This is interesting.

    Demand a Centurion card as part of your TC.
    Oct 4, 2018 3
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      😅 They still issue those?
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Tier 1
      Yes.

      It’s not on their website, but you can see the “reserved” seats in the their airport lounges. Those are centurion cardholder exclusive.
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Salesforce Prldjcje
      I believe you need 200k-400k a year spend on another amex to be considered for invite
      Oct 5, 2018
  • priceline.com RKTv63
    Hey OP wanted to check in and see if you ended up going on-site :)
    Nov 14, 2018 4
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      Yeah, I went on-site.
      Nov 14, 2018
    • priceline.com RKTv63
      So how is the atmosphere like? any suggestions?
      Nov 15, 2018
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      Be Indian.
      Nov 15, 2018
    • priceline.com RKTv63
      Oo . Can you elaborate?
      Nov 20, 2018
  • Capital One / Eng desu
    Dude, as a software engineer, you aren't going to get the same culture that you see with finance guys.
    Most of my co-workers hate stocks and finance. I love stock investing as a hobby, but they always get annoyed when I bring it up.
    Oct 5, 2018 0
  • New / Eng New / Eng
    190k base or TC?
    Oct 4, 2018 2
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      Base. Seems super high to me.
      Oct 4, 2018
    • eBay la-flame
      That is a nice base. Add on the equity package and your TC would be pretty high
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Salesforce YacGGRT65
    Location? If you don’t like the sound of finance, plenty of Bay Area companies will pay you that in TC. Like google!
    Oct 4, 2018 2
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      NYC
      Oct 4, 2018
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      And that’s good to know...
      Oct 4, 2018
  • priceline.com RKTv63
    OP, Thank you for replying. I hear you. If you do end up going onsite would you please share your experience?
    Oct 11, 2018 1
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      Will do!
      Oct 11, 2018
  • priceline.com RKTv63
    OP did you finish your onsite ?
    Oct 10, 2018 1
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      I did not, but they literally just emailed me today to schedule one and they imposed a date/time on me as opposed to asking me when I’m available. That already seems like a bad sign culturally.
      Oct 10, 2018
  • Microsoft wbYt28
    What's the package in addition to salary? Any shares or bonuses?
    Oct 4, 2018 1
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      No discussion of that yet, since I haven’t hit the on-site.
      Oct 4, 2018
  • American Express / Eng Heylo
    OP What's the role and band you're interviewing for AmEx?
    Oct 5, 2018 0