Compensation advice for Amazon SDE2

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Jun 27 18 Comments

Background: 8 yoe as SDE in India at SAP, Completed MS in USA now so recent graduate.

Amazon offered as SDE2 at Seattle:
Base: 155k
Bonus 1: 42k (monthly payment)
Bonus 2: 35k (monthly payment)
RSU: 70
I want to know how much room is there for negotiation.

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  • Facebook / Eng mturtle
    I got a very similar offer several years ago with less experience then you.

    You can push up another 50k TC from where you are, though you will need a reason (ie another offer).
    Jun 27 4
    • New / Eng
      WjMu41

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      I have another offer but that is way below Amazon. So technically can't use it for leverage. Will try to reason it based on my experience maybe
      Jun 27
    • Twitch t!
      Do they know? That would explain why.
      Jun 27
    • New / Eng
      WjMu41

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      Yes, they know. Like an idiot I told Amazon previous offer figure before onsite
      Jun 27
    • Twitch t!
      That’s hard to come back from.
      Jun 27
  • New / Eng
    WjMu41

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    Got 155k/55k/45k/85RSU after negotiation. Accepting it as I don't have other options as of now.

    What is the general time line to be promoted as SDE-3?
    Jul 2 3
    • New JSRi34
      Congratulations!! Your TC is around 220k, which is higher end of sde 2. If you perform well I suppose in 2 or 3 years you will be promoted to sde 3.
      Jul 3
    • Twitch 2ce
      But is it really top of the band?
      Jul 3
    • Facebook / Eng mturtle
      Getting to SDE3 involves luck. You can do 2 years, but some orgs do not promote quickly no matter how well you do. Without luck, if you preform you should get within 5 years.
      Jul 4
  • Twitch t!
    Is that even above the P50 for l5?
    Jun 27 3
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      WjMu41

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      What is P50?
      Jun 27
    • Amazon / Eng MeatCrayon
      The 50th percentile
      Jun 27
    • Twitch t!
      Technically, new hires should raise the bar (median). Therefore, you should be getting a TC above the median.
      Jun 27
  • New KRPe52
    Just to give you a comparision. I got an offer as sde 2 around a month ago and here are my numbers.
    Base: 130k
    Bonus 1: 90k
    Bonus 2: 70k
    Rsu: 105.
    I am a fresh PhD student. Your base is fine, it's almost near max limit. Your rsu looks low compare to your base. You should ask around 100 rsu units.
    Jun 27 0
  • Xilinx oioioioioi
    Looks low
    Jun 27 0
  • Booking.com / Other
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    How much do you want?
    Jun 27 1
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      WjMu41

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      My research say that it should have ~30k at least more in total signing bonus
      Jun 27
  • Amazon delaney
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