Need help evaluating Amazon SDE2 Offer

PayPal cygni
Mar 6 21 Comments

Location: Seattle
Position SDE2

Base: 158000
RSU: 90 units
Joining Bonus: 50K year 1, 40K year 2
Relocation package: 10K

I feel the RSU and joining bonus is low. How much room do I have for negotiation?

Currently in CA and current package is slightly better than this ~220K TC

Update:
YOE: 6 years

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  • VMware @lpha.〽️
    It's a very good package. 158k is on the higher side for SDE2
    Mar 6 1
    • PayPal cygni
      OP
      Yea I was told 160 is cap. So I am ok with base.

      Wondering how much negotiation room I have on joining bonue and rsu
      Mar 6
  • Amazon / Eng cayde
    Re: negotiation: always, ALWAYS ask for more. Worst that can happen is that they say no.
    Mar 6 3
    • PayPal cygni
      OP
      I realised there isn't much scope in base increment. But do you have advice on what sign on bonus/RSU I can expect?
      Mar 6
    • PayPal cygni
      OP
      Knowing some realistic number or actual caps that might exist would help
      Mar 6
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      There's not much room left. You are above the middle.

      Your relo plus signing is 60, I don't think you'll get significantly more, but you could probably get an extra 5-10k out of signing. I don't know if they'll go higher on RSUs because you are very near the top of the band.
      Mar 6
  • MathWorks cJ8oNw
    I have similar yoe and received higher sign on and higher rsus, but lower base. If you have competing offers, you can probably push RSUs and sign on up.
    Mar 6 1
    • PayPal cygni
      OP
      Mind sharing approx numbers
      Mar 6
  • Twitch ~-~
    Aim for at least 230kTC. The band goes up to 250k for SDE2
    Mar 6 0
  • Amazon / Eng cayde
    That's a VERY good offer. Not top of the band, but very good. Typical SDE II base is 139. You have a great headstart.
    Mar 6 0
  • PayPal / Eng
    OnnC18

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    What’s your level at PayPal ? MTS1 ?
    Mar 6 1
    • PayPal cygni
      OP
      No, SDE3
      Mar 6
  • Amazon wnxK3y
    Note that Seattle has no income tax so that's a 10% increase in your salary
    Mar 6 1
    • Amazon wgSD36
      Yeah but cost of living is so high that is effective a 30% cut unless you are coming from NYC or San Francisco
      Mar 6
  • Microsoft TkEm20
    YOE ??
    Mar 6 1
    • PayPal cygni
      OP
      6 years
      Mar 6
  • Oracle k-9
    YOE ?
    Mar 6 1
    • PayPal cygni
      OP
      6 years
      Mar 6
  • New monomo
    Why do you guys see base as such an important thing here? Would it matter if the difference is compensated through rsu and jb?
    Mar 6 1
    • Amazon wgSD36
      Honestly Amazon is weird but base has a huge impact to anything that is based on a % of base which most companies do
      Mar 6
  • Activision Blizzard others
    Can you elaborate on the interview process?
    Mar 6 0

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