Low Leveled by Amazon

New liv14
Aug 17 22 Comments

Hi, i interviewed for L6 FP&A role at Amazon, they came back saying that due to lack of experience they can only give me L5 role. they said i do not have to interview again but they will offer me some L5 roles and then i will have introductory calls with hiring managers. Two questions - how long does this team match process take? secondly - is it worth taking the lower level role. the HR said that considering my experience is border line, i can expect promotion within 1.5 years. level is not a big concern for me. but the salary is, the max for L5 is $110.. that is actually less than my current salary. also, seattle is way more expensive than my current location. what is the percentage salary bump at promotion?


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TOP 22 Comments
  • Intel / R&D HotshotGG
    How in the world did you let them offer you something less than your current TC.

    You need to up your negotiation game. Try to counter offer or get a second offer from another company.

    Did you see that blind post about some moron with 1 yoe getting offers for 360k from Google and FB. Lol comn on now.
    Aug 17 0
  • New liv14
    What’s the experience requirement for l6? The job posting said 3-5 years. And I thought I meet that
    Aug 22 2
    • Coca-Cola adIo76
      @liv14 would you please share some of the questions they asked you during the interview? Just trying to get an idea of how their LP’s questions look a like for FP&A roles
      Aug 29
    • New liv14
      Nothing different for fp&a roles. All questions are LP based.. tell me about a time type but they will probe deeper, why you did what you did, what could you have done differently etc etc
      Aug 29
  • New / Mgmt

    New Mgmt

    Be prepared to walk away
    Aug 19 0
  • TD / Finance cd67421
    Would like to understand how many years of total experience you have and then core FP&A. I agree with the ranges they do have range and won't go over the range limit. Is this a an analyst role or a managerial.
    Atleast ask them to match your current salary.. you will probably make more working in Amazon for 3-5 years than other companies, coz the experience there will open lot of doors in future.
    Aug 19 0
  • Memorial Sloan jj913
    Any updates on this? I am going through a similar thing for Amazon finance. Were they willing to negotiate at all (sign-on or RSU)?
    Oct 19 1
    • New Sup34
      Nope, didn’t negotiate at all.. i think I was pretty bad at trying to negotiate.. 😑
      Oct 20
  • Amazon live2code
    It’s not just your experience, you have to meet the ridiculously high hiring bar for the level you are interviewing for, which you clearly didn’t do.

    In regards to promo, don’t listen to what they tell you, it will be closer to 2 years.
    Sep 4 1
    • New liv14
      I am going by what recruiter told me. I have switched careers, she said that my finance experience started with xyz company and that adds up to about 4 years of experience.
      Sep 4
  • New liv14
    I have 3.5 years of experience. Mix of FP&A and corporate strategy.
    Aug 19 1
    • TD / Finance cd67421
      Fair compensation for the experience. Take it, coz it will help you grow and learn
      Aug 19
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    • PayPal troyton
      A very myopic strategy if I may say so.
      Aug 17
  • Amazon live2code
    Very little wiggle room with sign-on, none with RSU
    Oct 19 0
  • Microsoft / Other Dumbledor🧙🏻‍♂️
    So funny, same thing happened to me my current base is 130 and they offered me a lower level at 110, and would have probably sucked the life out of me. Luckily I had another offer - base 140 with direct reports.
    Sep 19 0
  • Amazon WKKH40
    With that experience, L5 makes perfect sense. Promo within 1.5-2 years is doable.
    Aug 22 0
  • New liv14
    They don’t seem to be willing to negotiate. I heard back yesterday. I asked them to match my current comp
    Aug 21 0
  • Microsoft / Mktg jumpship
    Did they get back to you op? Any update?
    Aug 20 0
  • Capital One / Mgmt

    Capital One Mgmt

    I love people!
    Negotiate for more sign on and stock. Don't get lowballed and downleveled for less pay than you currently make! Amazon needs people just like everyone else.
    Aug 20 0
  • New liv14
    Thanks for the advice. It just is a huge step going from tier 2 city to tier 1 and taking a salary cut 😑
    Aug 19 0
  • Verizon / Finance

    Verizon Finance

    How many years of experience do you have? Or was it more like experience in day to day tasks/responsibilities?
    Aug 19 0
  • New liv14
    Well, the way I understand it is that they have a range for each level and they can’t go beyond the range without going thru multiple level of approvals..
    Aug 17 0


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