Google L4 offer in Cambridge ~228k TC

Amazon ToPA57
May 30 14 Comments

Currently SDE2 (Level 5) at Amazon Cambridge office in MA. Base 148k, Equity 80k per year, so TC is ~228k. Have stayed at Amazon for 3 years since graduation.

Got an L4 offer from Google Cambridge:

Base: 140k
Equity: 67.5k per year
Sign on: 30k

If the 15% annual bonus is included, TC from Google in the 1st year is ~258k, but TC from the 2nd year will be ~228k, close to my current TC at Amazon.

Questions:

1. Is this a good offer for L4 in Google Cambridge?
2. My base is not matched, which is my biggest concern. Does anyone have any good suggestion to match base?
3. How much will the annual equity refresher be in Google Cambridge?
4. Do you think it is worth changing company in general give the numbers?

Any advice/comment is greatly welcome!

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TOP 14 Comments
  • Rubrik PartyStick
    Damn 675k equity per year is crazy high. I would take it in a heartbeat.
    May 30 1
    • Amazon ToPA57
      OP
      Sorry for the mistake. It is 67.5k. Post updated.
      May 30
  • New pbYo77
    Something seems off here. That equity number per year seems way too high. If it's over 4 years, I think your TC would be close to $330K which is a top of the line L4 offer or close to L5 offer
    May 30 3
    • Amazon ToPA57
      OP
      Yeah the equity should be 67.5k
      May 30
    • New pbYo77
      Looks like median offer is $260K according to levels.fyi. Do you have competing offers you can leverage?
      May 30
    • Amazon ToPA57
      OP
      No. I only have my Amazon Cambridge internal transfer offer (I am trying to change teams too), which Google treats it as current compensation and cannot match (which seems unreasonable for me)
      May 30
  • Salesforce / Eng
    123kona321

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    123kona321more
    Even if same tc, google has much better benefits and wlb!
    May 30 1
    • Amazon ToPA57
      OP
      True. But I have been used to Amazon culture, and I know the team that I am on. The team at Google is unknown to me which is a risk:)
      May 30
  • From OPโ€™s calculations I can confirm it is $67.5K per year RSU
    May 30 1
    • Amazon ToPA57
      OP
      Correct!
      May 30
  • Google nwLG76
    You meant 67.5k per year right?
    May 30 1
    • Amazon ToPA57
      OP
      Yes. Sorry for the mistake.
      May 30
  • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iฯ€)+1=0
    Just got an L4 offer. I have 8 years of experience, and have a follow up interview for L5. But I got $175k base pretty easily. I hear Boston runs at roughly a 10% discount, so you should be able to get $160k, especially if you're current base is higher. Have you asked???

    Also -- can anybody speak to refreshers? I read a Blind post from 2018 that new hires weren't getting refreshers after Y1 anymore. Is this true?

    Prior to that, I was under the impression that if you meet or exceed expectations, you get 1/4th original grant over 4 years.
    May 30 1
    • Amazon ToPA57
      OP
      I cannot get any increase on the base. The recruiter is adamant.

      I also want to know more about refreshers. Any information is appreciated!
      May 31