Compass Senior SWE Offer Eval

Apple yhw
Jul 10 10 Comments

Location: NYC
Base: 145k
Equity: 175k
Sign: 30k
Perf bonus: up to 100k

Competing with a Seattle AWS SDE2 offer for 245k TC
Yoe: 5

This compass TC almost seems too good to be true to me. The AWS offer is solid, amazon is established, and AMZN shares are good for their worth.

Thoughts? Is Compass is legit?


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TOP 10 Comments
  • New rChC53
    Not sure why you think that offer is too good to be true. That equity vests over 4 years, so your base + equity is only 190K/year. Divide the signon over 4 years, and you're at close to 200K for 4-year TC. From what my friend who works there told me, most people only make 1/3 of the max performance bonus (only 5% hit the max bonus), so you should expect a perf bonus of slightly over 30K, putting you at 230K TC.

    The Amazon offer right now is flat out better and more liquid, so unless you can negotiate the Compass offer up significantly, take the Amazon offer.
    Jul 11 0
  • PagerDuty sjwkk23
    That's low tbh. I had an offer for about 20% more for senior
    Jul 10 1
    • Apple yhw
      You’re right. The numbers are initial, pre negotiation, so they should go up. So did you join? What were your thoughts?
      Jul 10
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    The equity figure is for what vesting period: 4 years? Don’t assume you’ll max out the bonus, Compass is probably like a FANG model where very few will make even half of that target.
    Jul 10 0
  • Compass zfHl76
    Compass has the market with agents. Agents don’t like to move companies often and they have convinced a lot of large players to move on to their brand. The company is smart and strategic.
    I’d say it’s worth the risk if you’re young and looking for a challenge.
    Jul 10 0
  • Intel QEkn74
    Do you believe compass has a good product? Do you believe they can position themselves to exit? High risk high reward
    Jul 10 2
    • Apple yhw
      Thats what I’m trying to find out currently. At the end if the day, it comes down to the brand equity and stability of Amazon vs TC risk of Compass
      Jul 10
    • Intel QEkn74
      Yup 100%. Good luck
      Jul 10
  • Apple yhw
    Its a stock refresh based on personal performance
    Jul 10 0
  • Squarespace nbto
    The perf bonus is yearly? Based on the company performance or yours?
    Jul 10 0