Insights on Alexa Shopping team vs Microsoft Azure please?

Oracle techlord12
Jun 28 22 Comments

Got an offer from Alexa Shopping.

Please provide any insights. Team sits in Palo Alto.

Currently on F1 OPT Visa and have two more H-1B tries.

YoE: 2
Current TC: 160k

Amazon Alexa Shopping L5 SDE2
TC: 250k
Location: Palo Alto

Microsoft Azure Data and Intelligence L60
TC: 200k first year, 160k the following years.
Location: Redmond

Any insights are appreciated.

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TOP 22 Comments
  • Amazon MsSanchez
    Re: Alexa Shopping. Is this something you would use? Do you think it will be successful?
    Jun 28 9
    • Amazon JeoN67
      I’m working in that team, I can tell you it’s really bad. There is no direction at all.
      Jun 29
    • Oracle techlord12
      OP
      Are you in Alexa Shopping team in Palo Alto? Can I connect with you?
      Jun 29
    • Amazon JeoN67
      Yes I’m in PA. I actually suggest you try tier 1 company like Google or Facebook instead. If you like Seattle, MS can be a good place, if you consider state tax and cost of living difference, the pay gap is not that significant.
      Jun 29
    • Oracle techlord12
      OP
      Can I dm you?
      Jun 29
    • Oracle techlord12
      OP
      Can you please check your DM?
      Jun 29
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    • Oracle techlord12
      OP
      Could you please explain more? It would help me make my decision easier. I was initially offered Alexa AI in Seattle but I wanted to stay back in California due to persona reasons. Why is it awful?
      Jun 28
  • Amazon owjb27
    In general I've heard people don't enjoy working at Alexa that much especially due to constant re-orgs but there may be exceptions. At what stock price are you calculating the Amazon TC?
    Also seems like the Microsoft offer can be negotiated to at least have the same TC for first couple of years.
    Jun 28 8
    • Oracle techlord12
      OP
      My base at Amazon is 160k and signon first year is 90k and second year is 70k
      Jun 28
    • Oracle techlord12
      OP
      Also I am nowhere close to a promotion at Oracle. WLB at Oracle is good but pay is bad. Plus I think I have to wait 2 more years cause of manager for a promotion at Oracle. Plus they applied for my extension late. My manager didn’t know how H1b works
      Jun 28
    • Amazon owjb27
      I would probably take the Amazon offer since L5 at 2 YOE outside of Amazon is good career progression. But expect slightly worse WLB and management frustration, but it at least gets Amazon on your resume. Best of luck with the decision!
      Jun 28
    • Oracle techlord12
      OP
      How easy is it to shift teams internally at Amazon? I got Alexa AI in Seattle and chose Alexa Shopping in Bay Area for personal reasons. Can I switch to any other good team? Thank you. I am considering Amazon but I am confused.
      Jun 28
    • Amazon owjb27
      It's easy to move to a different team after 6 months in Seattle due to the abundance of teams here, not sure about bay area.
      Jun 28
  • Microsoft Cogito$
    MSFT. Alexa is losing its way. You can get promo from 60 in a year if you work hard, same for 61. TC will get better.
    Jun 28 1
    • Oracle techlord12
      OP
      But the pay at Microsoft is significantly less. What would you advice?
      Jun 29