Going from FANG to a non tech company. Is it career suicide?
I had been working as a software developer in Amazon for 1.5 years. AI was put on 'PIVOT' and here is what it meant:
Either go through the Performance Improvement plan and try to succeed and be in the company. Or, leave the company, receive a good severance and I don't have to return the money I owe to company (Joining bonus, relocation bonus). I ended up receiving as much severance amount as I actually owned the company.
Now, due to my H1B Visa status, I could only be unemployed for 60 many days before I was deported. I furiously started applying and interviewing. I got a good offer (not as good as my original FANG offer of course) from a non-tech company and a title promotion so to say From SDE 1(in Amazon) to Software Engineer 2 in the new company.
One one hand, I'm happy about the move. The work in my next company seems to be more interesting than anything I was doing. And it seems I would end up learning a lot in the other company compared to doing a bunch of OPS task on the original work.
However, how does it look on a resume? Going from a very well known tech company to another company whose main business is not tech. Are future recruiters gonna find grill me on this and will it look like a stupid decision? Of course, I can't tell them the real reason.