Have AMZN offer, contacted by FB recruiter- how to proceed?

Jan 31, 2018 25 Comments

Currently, an MBA student with signed offer from Amazon. Was contacted by FB recruiter, presumably for a job in NYC, a city which I would greatly prefer over Seattle.

Should I
a) be upfront with the recruiter about my current offer and hope to reconnect in the future
Or
b) act like I don’t have an offer and go through with interview process

Also would like to know how harshly Amazon penalizes for reneging- do they even have a tracking system and how would they link my future applications?

Obviously (a) is the ethical thing to do, but say I go through the interview prices, get the offer, and turn it down. Would I be less on the recruiters radar than if I were to tell them “hey sorry, can’t work for you right now.”

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TOP 25 Comments
  • Amazon forw@rd
    FB has a Seattle office too... Tell them you got an offer from amazon already and want to expedite the process with FB. Even you reject them they will keep coming back. No worries.
    Jan 31, 2018 3
    • OP
      Thanks, should have clarified but I’ve already signed with Amazon
      Jan 31, 2018
    • Amazon gemstones
      Means s***! I say go through FB interview.
      Jan 31, 2018
    • Facebook fbind
      Just say that u have offer and got to decide in a 3 days.. get interview scheduled.. wait for result and see if it's worth worrying.. I would delay worrying.. till u have offer
      Jan 31, 2018
  • Amazon 22SEA206
    Recruiter from Amazon here. You aren't going to be permanently blacklisted here at Amazon in the long term. Out of respect to the team you've accepted an offer from, I would let them know because there is a fair amount of work that goes into the onboarding process. That said, if location is of utmost importance to you, that is understandable. At the end of the day, the only thing that will happen is that a note goes into your file to say you renegged and it may give pause in the future, but likely won't make a difference either way.
    Jan 31, 2018 1
    • OP
      Thanks, this is good to know!
      Jan 31, 2018
  • Amazon jshmoe
    Bend the truth here a bit. Tell Amazon that you're currently interviewing with another company and that you'd like wait until you know what all your options are. Tell fb that you have an offer on the table so that they know to speed you through the interview process.
    Jan 31, 2018 2
    • OP
      Already accepted Amazon unfortunately. I would prefer FB NYC, but not at the cost of getting blacklisted by Amazon
      Jan 31, 2018
    • Amazon xEon51
      Why do you want to work for Amazon, ever? Definitely go through with other interviews....
      Jan 31, 2018
  • Amazon cry@desk
    The recruiter will wait. Tell them you have another offer you are waiting to imminently come in. They could counter but they will not revoke the offer
    Jan 31, 2018 0
  • Facebook qpeofhxbMe
    Did you already accept Amazon? ( Regardless, interview with FB and tell them about the Amazon offer and the fact that they need to move fast) I got my Facebook offer in about a week.
    Jan 31, 2018 3
    • OP
      Yes, already accepted Amazon. Would FB still be willing to move forward I knowing I’ve accepted?
      Jan 31, 2018
    • Facebook qpeofhxbMe
      Just don't tell them
      Jan 31, 2018
    • Facebook qpeofhxbMe
      But yes
      Jan 31, 2018
  • Amazon Sde4
    You said it all: ethical thing is a. Decide if ethics matter to you or not.
    Jan 31, 2018 1
    • Amazon xEon51
      Ethics? It's at will employment. Did bringing up ethics help when you are put on pip?
      Jan 31, 2018
  • Airbnb 95251
    If you get an FB offer, don't worry too much about reneging on Amazon. My brother got a return offer from Amazon and even his teammates told him he should renege if he later gets an offer from Google or FB.
    Jan 31, 2018 0
  • Expedia pfender
    Just go for FB. Hard lesson you will learn sometime - ethics don't mean shit in the world of business.
    If you want to work on ethics projects, go work for non profit.
    Jan 31, 2018 0
  • HERE / Eng
    cast iron

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    cast ironmore
    There is very little to do with ethics here. You have your own interests to serve and you shouldn't just fold because you have an offer. Companies don't own you, even if you work for them.

    The amzn recruiter wants their bonus, they want you to sign and probably start asap. They might put extra pressure on you to accept the offer before you are ready to do so.

    My advice would to explain to the Facebook recruiter that you have an offer from amzn and you are very interested in exploring what working at Facebook could be like. Hopefully this will speed up your facebook process and you'll have two offers to consider rather than one.
    Jan 31, 2018 1
    • HERE / Eng
      cast iron

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      cast ironmore
      just read that you've already accepted. For companies of this scale, doesn't mean that much. If it was a smaller outfit, you'd be burning bridges in most cases
      Jan 31, 2018
  • Amazon NTLL47
    See what fetches you big
    Feb 1, 2018 0
  • Deutsche Bank LPeJ52
    Go for FB. If you get it , why would you ever go back to Amazon ? Anyway you can work with Amazon recruiter to not burn the bridge . If you do not get it , no problem.
    Feb 1, 2018 0
  • Snapchat / Eng
    DaddySnal

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    DaddySnalmore
    Keep in mind that Facebook will pay same in SEA as Bay or NYC. Almost certainly you'll make more money at Facebook in absolute and adjusted to COL terms... if that matters to you.
    Jan 31, 2018 0
  • Amazon popp
    do fb. if you get offer from fb and want to honor amazon you can see how you like seattle and amazon and if not great take up fb offer in a few months.. assuming you don't want to prep and do Interviews after few months if you hate amazon. only reason to not do fb would be lack of time, energy or passion for fb
    Jan 31, 2018 0
  • Amazon FlatTV
    You don’t have to tell FB anything. Just go with the process and choose whatever makes more sense in the end.
    Jan 31, 2018 0