Need help deciding next step in career

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Got offer from FB Menlo Park E5. TC: 320k after negotiation.
Currently at Amazon L5 Austin Texas, TC: 280k.
I have 10 yrs of experience

Not sure what to do. Have to decide by end of next week. What is your suggestion and why?

Thanks for the help.

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  • Instacart / Eng instattack
    280k will go a lot further in Austin than 320k in Menlo Park. That being said future career progression will likely be better at Facebook / Bay Area so if that’s your deciding factor then go for FB.
    Jun 29 0
  • LinkedIn Not@li
    That’s a downgrade IMO .. 280 in Tx is more like 400 in the Bay .. plus shitty traffic and rents
    Jun 29 0
  • VMware QwbE55
    320 looks low. I have seen people here posting a lot higher TC for E5.
    Jun 29 5
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      How high can it go? I tried negotiating for 2 weeks but not luck.
      Jun 29
    • VMware QwbE55
      Check Blind posts or level.fyi
      Jun 29
    • Google GChB45
      my e5 Tc is 410k in Seattle without signin bonus, with signin bonus it is 510k first year. Good luck!
      Jun 30
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      How many years of experience you have?
      Jun 30
    • Google GChB45
      4.5
      Jun 30
  • Twitch brangot
    Tell FB you’ll consider only if 400+ Makes no sense to take 320. Career progression is more or less the same FB or Amazon or google or any other big company unless you’re looking at a startup that’s not at unicorn yet.
    Jun 29 0
  • Google poststuff
    Austin is way cheaper. You’re getting a pay reduction if you accept. It’s hard to understand how expensive the Bay Area is until you’ve lived there a while.
    Jun 29 3
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      What all is expensive other than housing?
      Jun 29
    • Yahoo gKXi43
      Food (restaurants and groceries), drinks, utilities, household essentials, recreation
      Jun 29
    • VMware QwbE55
      Don't forget state income tax and high property tax
      Jun 29
  • Amazon / Eng bCxp50
    If you stay at Amazon, your comp is going to plummet to 185k as soon as your on-hire grants vest. If you go to FB, 320k is the floor; it'll increase as your refreshers start to kick in.

    Ask FB for the Seattle office (cheaper CoL) and see if you can use your current above band comp to squeeze a bit more equity or a larger signing bonus out of them.
    Jun 29 2
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      280k is my 5th year TC
      Jun 29
    • Amazon / Eng bCxp50
      Well, I suppose you had TT or something in the recent past so your fifth year has a refresher grant from ~1400/share...but even so, 280k is well above band, so you won't sustain it. TT would be 242k and HV (virtually everybody else who isn't on a dev list/PIP) is just over 180k.

      Regardless, E5 at FB >>>> L5 at Amazon in all respects. It's a more senior position with a higher ceiling, and FB is a flat-out better employer in general.
      Jun 30
  • Two Sigma MkRe68
    I wouldn't focus so much on short term TC. What builds up your resume and skills? My guess is that FB will add a lot of value to your resume and diversify your skills allowing you to make more 10 years from now. This is assuming you join a good team. Whatever you pick, you are in a pretty good position.
    Jun 30 1
    • Amazon / Eng bCxp50
      This, plus networking opportunities. One of the things that motivated me to leave Amazon was that, after nearly 5 years, I discovered that 80-90% of my professional network (at least among the people I trusted and would refer or who would be willing to refer me) was also working at Amazon. Too many eggs in one basket and not enough diversity.
      Jun 30
  • Ericsson MCDan
    320k no RSU????
    Jun 30 1
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      This is including RSU
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