Looking for advice on which opportunity to pursue

Target beardo
May 21 12 Comments

I have two offers for very different companies. One is for a backend position on an AWS team the other is a full stack position at a startup. Both in Seattle. I'm looking for some advice on which to take. I'll lay out my thinking on both.

Just a little history on me first. I've been a developer for 3.5 years, I have a master's degree in a technical field that isn't CS (went to a boot camp). I've held both Full stack and Front End positions mostly using JS (browser and node).

AWS - This job is obviously attractive to me as it would provide a huge resume boost and is a huge win for me personally (after only being in the industry for 3.5 years and not having a CS degree). I'm not really sure how much I'll enjoy the work as it's 100% backend and in Java.

Startup - The tech stack is very familiar to me (node.js and React). There are about 12 employees total and the company looks to be poised for major growth soon. I'd get equity, the pay and benefits are solid. I feel like I'd have more comradery with the other devs and enjoy the work more. Another reason this is attractive to me is that it's an opportunity to be a part of something in the very early stages.

I'm pretty torn between the two and just looking for some general advice. I'm leaning toward the startup as it seems like a limited time thing as opposed to AWS which will be there forever. But I don't want to throw away an opportunity to work at AWS either as I feel like I could do whatever I wanted to after that.

Appreciate any advice!

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  • Microsoft UMbR31
    AWS !!! You do realize that L6 SDE at a core AWS team is a ticket into any company in the world right?
    May 21 5
    • Twitch / Biz Dev OWL#1Deal
      But nobody knows if op can get l6 though :/
      May 21
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Doesn't he have more control over that, than the startup succeeding?
      May 21
    • Target beardo
      OP
      Thanks for the response, yeah I totally know how valuable it is to have on your resume. I'm just thinking AWS isn't going anywhere so is there really a downside to trying this startup out? Unless turning them down would somehow preclude me from getting future opportunities
      May 21
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      I'm working with the assumption that getting an AWS job is hard... Like I've interviewed twice and didn't clear the LPs etc. If you have the confidence that you can get the AWS job at a later time, sure you can take that bet.
      May 21
    • Target beardo
      OP
      Yeah that's a good point. I'm not super confident about that. I am actually a little surprised I got an offer as I felt kind of so-so about the interview
      May 21
  • New / Eng cousin
    I’d say the opposite. Pick AWS as you can take a risk and get a job with a startup at any time after having that experience on your resume.
    May 21 0
  • Salesforce JWcS75
    Would need to know more details about the startup, if there’s any way you can share.

    What team in AWS? If you’re getting an offer like that, it’s not a fluke so with your relative newness to the industry, you can afford to take the risk on the startup.

    I’m inclined to suggest the startup. You mentioned valuing connections with your colleagues and Amazon can be impersonal.
    May 21 2
    • Target beardo
      OP
      I'm a little nervous about giving out the specifics publicly but I can DM you
      May 21
    • Salesforce JWcS75
      For sure, reach out and I can share more of what I know about AWS too
      May 21
  • Bayer / IT Genie_22
    This^^

    Hah missed the reply button
    May 21 0
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    AMZNGHRmore
    Reach out to the recruiter at AWS. We have lots of front end/fullstack jobs too in Seattle as well as Palo Alto. Feel free to PM me. I am a technical recruiter at AWS based out of Palo Alto.
    May 23 0

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