FAANG vs. Medium Size Tech Company?

T-Mobile tmobilex10
Mar 21 21 Comments

I currently have two offers on the the table and am not really leaning towards one or the other right now. Maybe I’ll have more impact joining a medium sized company? My goal is to optimize for learning. Which should I go with?

1. Amazon
108k Base
24k sign on first year
20k sign on second year
70k/4 stocks with 5/15/40/40 vesting schedule

Location: Seattle WA
Position: SDE 1

2. One of (Auth0, Okta, onelogin)
130k base
0 sign on
75k/4 with a 25/25/25/25 vesting schedule and a one year cliff

Location: Bellevue WA
Position: SDE 1

Thanks in advance!
YOE: 0
TC: 0

comments

Want to comment? LOG IN or SIGN UP
TOP 21 Comments
  • New sparked
    If your goal is to optimize for learning then I would suggest amazon where you’ll get some good exposure to how a mature (comparatively) company approaches software design/engineering/implementation which is an amazing baseline that you can carry with you throughout your career.

    Also having a big name on your resume helps get to that next career as well.
    Mar 21 3
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Listen to this guy. I usually disagree with him, but this one's is spot on.
      Mar 21
    • New sparked
      ❤️
      Mar 21
    • T-Mobile tmobilex10
      OP
      Yea this seems to echo my initial thought as well. Thanks
      Mar 21
  • Mist Systems shciekjdn
    20k signon on the second year lmao is that a retention bonus 😂
    Mar 21 5
    • MathWorks p8Rz2u
      Amazon always splits their sign on to counteract the shitty vesting schedule.
      Mar 21
    • T-Mobile tmobilex10
      OP
      I believe it’s to offset their backloaded vesting schedule
      Mar 21
    • New sparked
      That’s how amazons comp offers always look due to the vesting schedule being heavily weighted towards Y3 and Y4
      Mar 21
    • Mist Systems shciekjdn
      Wow I guess they don’t care about aligning individual performance with the companies 🤔
      Mar 21
    • New sparked
      Amazon is more than generous with their RSU grants, they just want you to stick around for more then a year and a half to reap the rewards of the rocket ship their stock price is riding on.
      Mar 21
  • Microsoft 🌭 !🌭
    I work at your #2 choice there. I’d say in a place like that you’re going to get a more diverse skill set and get the opportunity to lead things and make a high impact. There’s less politics there too. I came from msft and my job was mostly the same stuff every day but you get to put the big name on your resume and presumably go wherever you want with little friction after. So what’ll it be? Diverse skillset, leadership opportunities and high impact, or big name, stable position, big TC
    Mar 21 2
    • T-Mobile tmobilex10
      OP
      I see. Speaking with several engineers there, the place seemed very chill, maybe too chill for me? And what I was thinking is that maybe I should jump into the deep end with Amazon, learn a ton, and also get the name recognition on my resume as well. How’s your WLB at #2?
      Mar 21
    • Microsoft 🌭 !🌭
      Wlb is good. Super generous remote policy and unlimited vacay. I heard amazon was super judgy when it came to wfh or vacay but it depends on the team I guess. It’s pretty chill but if you’re the type of person who likes to have ownership of a product end to end it can go from 0-100 pretty quick (depending on what it is you own)
      Mar 21
  • SAP
    I-leet

    SAP

    BIO
    Bio on blind!
    I-leetmore
    For the 1st job ( or you never have big name in ur resume), take the big name. It will open other doors later.
    Mar 21 0
  • Oath Gruel
    I would recommend Amazon
    Mar 21 0
  • MathWorks p8Rz2u
    Personally I would choose Amazon and plan to interview at Google or top unicorns after a year or so. But if you don't like the idea of that, #2 also seems like a good choice.
    Mar 21 0
  • Salesforce doorknob
    Is a big name (Amazon) in your resume a big deal nowadays? It seems like it'll only help during the screening process, but afterwards it's Leetcode time. As for growth and learning, it depends more on the team you're joining, but I would say Amazon is better for that. Although I hear WLB can be bad so...
    Mar 21 1
    • New sparked
      If you have a company that you’re interested in working for and reach out directly, then having a big name on your resume most certainly helps you get your foot in the door.
      Mar 21
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Which team at Amazon? If AWS, then definitely join. The others, I don't know too much about.
    Mar 21 1
    • T-Mobile tmobilex10
      OP
      Not placed yet unfortunately
      Mar 21
  • Wish
    Dgospiad

    Wish

    PRE
    Snapchat
    Dgospiadmore
    is typing FAANG easier than Amazon? :@
    Mar 21 0

Join verified employees in our anonymous social network! Download the app!

close