How does compensation work at Amazon?

Microsoft 12345!!
Sep 17, 2018 19 Comments

So you get offered a job at Amazon with the usual 5,15,40,40 distribution and a large sign in bonus to make up for the low vesting % of the first 2 years. That guarantees a beefy TC for the first 4 years.
But what happens at year 5? Do you start to get stocks in an annual review like Microsoft? Is the award comparable to when you join the company? I’m trying to understand what TC would look like if you are, say, meeting your goals over the years.

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Facebook public
    You lost me at gaurantees tc, rsu comp is super volatile and stock prices go down as well ;)
    Sep 17, 2018 6
    • Facebook public
      1) You didn't state anything about price staying stable. 2) priced are unlikley to stay stable. But if you must know amazon sets a target comp, if you fall below you get more stock, if you fall above you get nothing until you fall behind.
      Sep 17, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Data Troll 🧐
      @public - You must be a real pain in the ass to work with. Glad that atleast you answered the question after being a smartass.
      Sep 17, 2018
    • Facebook public
      Sorry facts offend you, wasn't being a smartass at all. Millennials should learn stock prices go down as well :)
      Sep 17, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Data Troll 🧐
      @public - Do you even understand that you started with a passive aggressive statement?

      What do you mean by "sorry facts offend you"? Are you even sorry?
      Sep 17, 2018
    • Facebook public
      Yes, welcome to blind. Losen up, your name is "troll" lol. But yes if you were offended that was not my intent. Here for the laughs only.
      Sep 17, 2018
  • New / Eng michalumni
    You get free admittance to the mental hospital for enduring Amazon for 5 years.
    Sep 17, 2018 0
  • BlackBerry / Other
    99Bitches!

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    99Bitches!more
    Who cares. Fuck stingy companies
    Sep 17, 2018 0
  • Netflix uHdD41
    You get a bathroom break refresher every year. With 10 YoE you could be taking daily dumps no problem.
    Sep 17, 2018 1
    • Microsoft sourinho
      When I was waiting at the lobby for my amzn interview to start, I asked for restroom, was asked to cross the road and go to another building..

      But once I got into the building the restrooms were clean and nice and free..

      But FB restrooms were the best..
      Sep 17, 2018
  • Amazon / Product
    Ken M

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    Ken Mmore
    I’ve gotten stock as part of my annual review starting in year 2. They vest over the next 2 years. I am in year 4 now and next year will be big for me but I also just got promoted so year 5 and beyond should not be horrible.
    Sep 17, 2018 1
    • Amazon rXzr25
      Congrats. Year 5 was the big one for me too.
      Sep 17, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng SenoritaWE
    What’s target comp for each level assuming in WA?
    Sep 17, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng SenoritaWE
    So my understanding is, after 5 years unless you get a promo, you make your base salary plus a few shares like 5 shares?
    Sep 18, 2018 3
    • Google topCon
      In year 6, shares from year 4 vest
      Sep 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Product
      Ken M

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      Ken Mmore
      I’m in year 4 right now. Next year I have shares (more than 5) but just not as much as this year (about half). Though I got a promo this month so I will get shares from that. I’m not certain when they start vesting though since they haven’t been awarded yet.
      Sep 20, 2018
    • Google topCon
      All Amazon refreshers vest 2 years out in 50% portions. That's my understanding
      Sep 20, 2018
  • Google topCon
    Op, you will get no refreshers in year 1&2, since you're scheduled to vest 40% in year 3 and 4. You will get first refresher in year 3 to vest in year 5&6.

    There are no annual bonus or espp.

    Any Amazon folks can correct me if I'm wrong.
    Sep 18, 2018 0