Better brand on your cv - Netflix vs Amazon

Amazon FAANGStar
Mar 18, 2018 12 Comments

Which company would you prefer for culture, career mobility and growth, international outlook and role rotation, diversity, total comp, stability and brand value?

I’m evaluating a comparable role at Netflix (been with Amazon for 2 years in Asia). Ultimately want a foreign gig and Amazon is great with role rotation and foreign transfers. Also bit concerned about Netflix sports team culture - I value stability. Not happy with my current team at Amazon though and manager won’t support a transfer for min 6 months. Not growing here in immediate future career wise.

Help me choose what path to pursue

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  • Amazon / Eng Foods
    Do you have a Netflix offer in hand?
    Mar 18, 2018 6
    • Amazon FAANGStar
      OP
      Expecting one and evaluating
      Mar 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Foods
      When you get it, might not hurt to use it as leverage with your boss. Either for 6months of relaxation in exchange for you staying and helping, or for immediate transfer support. “Or else I’ll walk and make sure everyone knows why”
      Mar 18, 2018
    • Amazon FAANGStar
      OP
      Good thought. But not sure I can use that with my L8 manager or trust him. He has already hinted he is considering putting me on dev list - there is some negative peer feedback but for now he wants me. They can always allege performance concerns later - what if I say no to Netflix, manager says no dev list and says yes to helping me find an internal transfer, then reneges? The environment is also toxic. I think amazon > Netflix for long term career growth, mobility, international exposure but would it be worth taking a chance? Also I’m an IC at A and hating it. Netflix will make me manager
      Mar 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Foods
      Sounds like you ought to GTFO, you could always come back later to a different team / country at Amazon. In either case, good luck - sorry about your manager, he sounds like a douche and a half
      Mar 18, 2018
    • Amazon FAANGStar
      OP
      Thanks Foods. If my manager gives me revenge dev list or marks me as ineligible for rehire on the way out, would I be able to join Amazon back in another country? Also how important is forte feedback for rehire?
      Mar 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Foods
      IFR I’d expect not. Dev list not sure. If you’re aiming to return you’ll wanna try for a bland-or-better send off. Amazon recruiting in different countries is quite silo’d but Idk if that extends so far as not checking each other’s hiring red flags.

      As for feedback: less important as time goes on, as long as it’s not nuclear-bad
      Mar 18, 2018
  • Netflix / Eng ricewater
    If you get an offer from Netflix, you won't really ask this question.
    Mar 19, 2018 2
    • Amazon FAANGStar
      OP
      Really why? It’s not that simple a decision.
      Mar 19, 2018
    • Netflix / Eng sfo8492
      At Netflix you're treated like an adult. You're going to get an all cash offer for what you're worth. On top of that you'll get 5% in options, and the choice to dedicate 0% - 100% of your salary towards options. You know what's best for you.

      If you're at Netflix for any decent amount of time, it's also a huge booster for your CV.

      And no six-pager needed to work on things. ;)
      Mar 19, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Foods
    Odd - AFAIK (engineering in US) policy is Amazon would rather have you in the company than out of it. Have you brought this up with your skip? People leaving for another company because a manager wasn’t supportive of a team transfer should be a big black eye for any manager
    Mar 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon FAANGStar
      OP
      Officially supportive. But unofficially don’t trust him to give good feedback now. He’s dependent on me for 5-6 months min as there is no back up. And is vindictive enough to put me and keep me on dev list if I try to leave. Manager is L8. I don’t think our L6 HRBP has enough backbone to help me on this
      Mar 18, 2018

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