Microsoft SDE2 in Redmond - Azure Compute

New gJGF36
Jan 22, 2018 21 Comments

Was wondering if you all could give me some feedback on this initial offer. Some background: 10 years work experience, 1.5 years in Software Engineering (prior in Systems Engineering). Have technical BS and MS, working on MS in Comp Sci now.

Base: $127k
Sign on Cash: $20k
Sign on RSU: $20k
Stock Refresh: Up to $13k

In terms of leverage, I'm waiting to hear back offer details from Amazon.

I'm most interested in boosting base salary, was wondering how high I could ask for.

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  • Microsoft / Eng 8-)
    Azure compute and other infra services are among the best rewarding teams you can join. Work hard for three years, the worst thing can happen is to leave the team and increase total compensation by 50 percent.
    Jan 22, 2018 4
    • New gJGF36
      OP
      That's great to hear!

      Could you expand on the last bit regarding increasing TC by 50%?
      Jan 22, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng 8-)
      When you get the offer from Amazon be sure to know which team you will be joining. Don't just compare the money. The mistake could be costly.
      Jan 22, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng 8-)
      No need to elaborate... You will know once you are in the field.
      Jan 22, 2018
    • Microsoft MIta60
      ^^ so true. Some amazon teams are awesome, some are super shitty
      Jan 28, 2018
  • Microsoft espresso<3
    Is the offer for level 61? If so, very unlikely they'll increase the base.
    Jan 22, 2018 3
    • New gJGF36
      OP
      Not sure on the specific level. Is there a way to find out? The recruiter stated they couldn't share that information, just the title.
      Jan 22, 2018
    • Microsoft espresso<3
      The stock refresh you've listed indicates that this is a level 61 offer.
      Jan 22, 2018
    • Microsoft fsgh57
      This is L61
      Feb 1, 2018
  • Microsoft MIta60
    Base is fine, ask for a bigger signing bonus and more stock. They’ll negotiate both, not by a ton, but they’ll give you $5k extra signing and $5k extra stock basically just for asking.
    Jan 22, 2018 2
    • New gJGF36
      OP
      Thanks for the input. I heard that stuff like that comes from the recruiting budget so it's much easier to give.

      Any chance that I can negotiate a higher base?
      Jan 22, 2018
    • Microsoft MIta60
      Maybe? I tired and it didn’t work.
      Jan 28, 2018
  • Qualtrics / Eng
    TrollTrain

    Qualtrics Eng

    PRE
    Microsoft
    TrollTrainmore
    10 years experience and SDE2?!?
    Jan 22, 2018 1
    • New gJGF36
      OP
      Yea, I was thinking because I only have 1.5 years experience in the Software Engineering field is the reason why.
      Jan 22, 2018
  • Bloomberg BhVV34
    Congrats! I think I was in the same interview group as you, I didn’t get the offer though:(

    Definitely wait for amazon offer and then compete.
    Jan 22, 2018 1
    • New gJGF36
      OP
      Thanks! Sorry to hear, I hope you keep trying!
      Jan 22, 2018
  • Bloomberg BhVV34
    How much rsu did they offer you?
    Jan 22, 2018 1
    • New gJGF36
      OP
      $20k sign on RSU with up to $13k annual refreshes.
      Jan 22, 2018
  • Intel datah
    Did they increase ur offer?
    May 31, 2018 0
  • Tutanota AxIRose
    Did you end up going for the azure compute team? How was it?
    Mar 13, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    AlexLuthor

    Microsoft Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    AlexLuthormore
    Ask for $80k RSU and for 4 yrs. You will thank me later.

    RSU is for 5 yrs or is that yearly?
    Jan 22, 2018 0