L7 Sr SDM offer from Amazon, which team should I choose?

Symphony Hefeweizen
Aug 1 25 Comments

I’ve passed L7 interviews at Amazon. I am now going through the team selection process.

The team choices shared by recruiter are Fire TV, Alexa Mobile, Alexa Smart Home Platform and Freetime.

Would love to hear feedback about these orgs wrt culture and growth opportunities.

The final offer will be rolled out after I choose the team.

Current TC: 318k + 400k worth of illiquid startup options

19 yoe

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TOP 25 Comments
  • Amazon qIWm61
    Join Alexa smart home and promote me
    Aug 1 1
    • Symphony Hefeweizen
      OP
      Happy to connect and help you along your career path 😊
      Aug 1
  • Google topCon
    What's offer TC?
    Aug 1 6
    • Google topCon
      So what's your expectations?
      Aug 1
    • Symphony Hefeweizen
      OP
      Haven’t thought that through yet - about 750.
      Aug 1
    • Amazon Northman
      That is possible in Bay Area, but top of band there. Well above band in Seattle. Only possible there if VP thinks you are critical to business.
      Aug 1
    • Symphony Hefeweizen
      OP
      Thank you for the insight. 🙏
      Aug 1
    • Google topCon
      Hey North, long time no see ;)
      Aug 1
  • Amazon / Product crowcrow19
    Free time is a bit smallish in visibility. Don’t know about team culture.
    Alexa Mobile - stay away. They have a lot of legacy dependencies, and are often bombarded with VP+ top-Down requests ;
    Alexa smart home is a decent org. The Leadership is decent, and people quality is decent as well. Highly visible org. But may not be a good org to start at amazon as it may be a bit too intense.
    Fire TV - don’t know , but I haven’t heard great things.
    Aug 1 2
    • Amazon gavinblson
      What is alexa mobile? Is that the alexa mobile app?
      Aug 1
    • Amazon / Eng blackcross
      Stay away from Alexa Mobil +1
      Aug 1
  • Amazon randomguy!
    In general all these orgs are not great. As people said above FreeTime is small org and you may lack scope to grow further (there is already a good number of L7s). Don’t know about Alexa orgs, but in general all are chaotic, and will be difficult for newbie. FireTV might be a good place, though it is a mature product with good visibility. You may have to work with other orgs that also has presence on it. Be it Prime video, music, freetime, etc. It may require sometimes travel to Sunnyvale, since lab126 is there.
    Aug 1 2
    • Symphony Hefeweizen
      OP
      The recruiter mentioned if none of the positions in the first shortlist work out, she will help explore teams in other orgs. Which teams would you recommend I ask her to look for positions in?
      Aug 1
    • Amazon randomguy!
      Difficult to say. Try Amazon Go, AWS. Maybe some other people will recommend something g good.
      Aug 1
  • Amazon Pean
    Talk to your leadership team and meet up with folks in each of these teams. You will be working with them, that should be the better way to decide.
    Aug 1 1
    • Symphony Hefeweizen
      OP
      After I shortlist a few positions, the recruiter will set up info call with the respective hiring managers.
      Aug 1
  • Amazon alexaswe
    Alexa Mobile needs strong leaders who can really impact CX on the app. Which team in Alexamobile?
    Aug 4 2
    • Symphony Hefeweizen
      OP
      Alexa Mobile (Smart Home Platform) I think.
      Aug 6
    • Amazon / Eng pawUI
      They just redid the app. Isn't it great? #sarcasm
      Aug 6
  • Facebook cochococho
    Alexa Smart Home sucks
    Aug 1 0
  • Alibaba Group / Eng cGQE02
    tc?
    Aug 1 0
  • Amazon fuudjsbe
    What team on FireTV?
    Aug 4 2
    • Symphony Hefeweizen
      OP
      FTV Content & Advertising
      Aug 4
    • Amazon mdksuhabs
      Not a tech org at all
      Aug 11