Hardware Eng at Amazon L5

Qualcomm vrcs13
Jul 2, 2018 19 Comments

Got a verbal offer from Amazon Lab126 in the bay. Waiting on numbers. How much should I expect with 4 yoe? I’ve seen 180-200k TC thrown around for entry L5 but not sure if SDE is significantly different from hardware.

They also said that they will try to get me the best possible numbers the first time so as not to waste time negotiating back and forth. Is this just a typical tactic or is it actually true? How much can I negotiate without a competing offer? Is it even possible?

Lastly, is it possible to negotiate start date? I’d like to push it back by a week or two from what they proposed. Any advice on how to do so?

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  • Amazon sDue33
    I'm a hardware engineer at amazon. I was a senior level with 7 years experience before and came in at L6. TC on hire offer 1.5 years ago was $200k. With a 1% raise and stock appreciation this year will be somewhere around $240k.

    Amazon is a software company and does not value hardware engineering. Unfortunately you can't use SDE numbers as comps.

    Post or direct message me back when you get your formal offer. I'm super curious. Also, do you have MS or BS? I have MS and was able to maintain my "senior" title. I requested a delayed start date and it was no problem.
    Jul 3, 2018 4
    • Qualcomm vrcs13
      OP
      I got my numbers.

      Base 150k
      Rsu: 60
      Signon: 38k/30k

      TC ~ 194k

      And I do have a MS. I actually only have 3.5 yoe, but I rounded up to 4 to account for the MS.
      Jul 8, 2018
    • Amazon sDue33
      nice
      Jul 10, 2018
    • Intel / Eng Diehard
      @vrcs13 is RSU one time or vested over 4 years ? Or annually you get 60k RSU
      Oct 13, 2018
    • Qualcomm vrcs13
      OP
      4 years at 5/15/40/40. 60 units of stock, not 60k
      Oct 14, 2018
  • Amazon Okgsvsndn
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    • Amazon sDue33
      Try Microsoft. They have tons of physical products. Amazon is slim pickings, but worth keeping an eye on boards. Prime air, robotics, and wwe always seem to have openings
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Amazon Okgsvsndn
      Have been checking MS for quite awhile, but they are very peaky and look for someone with prior consumer electronics background
      Some friends of mine have told me to stay away from the robotics and wwe.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Amazon Okgsvsndn
      What do you think of AWS and Amazon Go- how is the culture there and how hard is it to land a HW position?
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Amazon sDue33
      Aws has a hardware group, but it's not large and difficult to get in. I don't know much about the go ten, but I know they have a ton of systems engineers, more than dedicated hardware.

      I'm curious, start did you hear about wwe and robotics? I'm in wwe and am looking at transferring to robotics, but now you have me worried
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Qualcomm vrcs13
      OP
      Amazon is starting a new 126 location in Seattle. Friend just accepted HW offer there. In Bellevue I think, not the main downtown office.
      Jul 3, 2018
  • Qualcomm / Eng
    ronaldo77

    Qualcomm Eng

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    are you senior at Qualcomm?
    Jul 2, 2018 3
    • Qualcomm vrcs13
      OP
      Yes
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Qualcomm / Eng
      ronaldo77

      Qualcomm Eng

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      just go man. its good for you. did you have to relocate to the Bay Area.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Qualcomm vrcs13
      OP
      Yeah agreed. Q doesn’t pay us enough. Yeah I’ll be relocating.
      Jul 3, 2018
  • Amazon Okgsvsndn
    @sDue33, which org are you in Amazon and which field was your previous experience in?
    Jul 3, 2018 1
    • Amazon sDue33
      Currently in fulfillment.
      Previously was in high tech.
      Jul 3, 2018

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