Nobody is a "victim" of backvested RSUs. Generally, you get flat target TC across 4 years, the first 2 is just mostly cash. The year 3 and 4 are just more RSUs and hopefully at a much higher TC since stock price has grown faster than predicted (historically - this may not prove true in the future of course).
Same stories for me, failed Amazon twice, then join, but pass google’s the first time. I guess especially for non tech roles, it just depends on whether some dick heads interviewed you or not. My first two Amazon interview were not very good. There were at least 1 person who seemed like an asshole. But all my google interviewers are professional.
It’s honestly not a compliment to have Amabot’s version of Googliness. At Amabot it means you seem pliable and masochistic enough to be pressed into the mold. Ama-Googliness is called “Leadership Principles”. It’s like someone wanting to date you because they know you’ll never hurt or cheat on them due to your lack of charm and sex appeal. That’s not very flattering.
For non eng roles it’s even more luck based. Your interview performance is like 50% of the battle with the rest being company headcount and whether you get a green interviewer who asks some ridiculously hard question