Next step for L7 SDM

Amazon sdml7
Oct 2 10 Comments

I was a lateral hire to an L7 SDM role - 2 years in now. L8 seems really far at this point, atleast in this group - too many tenured Amazonians waiting it out with their tribal knowledge.

What can be a good next step ? I think ive maximixed my learnings in this group (core retail infra)

1. Rest and vest and collect the high TC
2. Get competing TC at a higher level at a non-FAANG (Director or VP level ?)
3. Move to another Amazon or AWS team and restart the quest for L8
4. Try another FAANG - chances are I wont get a good TC match

YoE: 12
TC: 450 target TC at hire ( 780 would be realized TC for years 3 and 4)
Location: NYC

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TOP 10 Comments
  • Google TnAn21
    Should've made a poll, noob
    Oct 2 0
  • Twitch easytofind
    Rest and vest for 780 imo
    Oct 2 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    bez.

    Amazon Eng

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    Amazon
    bez.more
    12 YoE as a manager experience or total experience?
    Oct 2 3
    • Amazon sdml7
      OP
      Total.
      Oct 2
    • Amazon / Eng
      bez.

      Amazon Eng

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      Amazon
      bez.more
      Damn! You got hired at L7 SDM with 10 yoe? You must be amazing! What did your career trajectory look like? Feel free to DM if you don't want to share publicly.
      Oct 2
    • Amazon sdml7
      OP
      Haha - that’s flattering but no, I am not in the top 1% of high performing professionals.

      Top tier ratings and asap promos mostly (SDE levels to EM to Sr.EM). I worked in fintech before - quickly learnt I was a better manager than an engineer and started dabbling with management/lead roles after the first 4 years of in-the-weeds coding. Moved much faster in the management ladder, found my strength. I was responsible for around 80 engineers when Ieft the previous job, so L7 was actually either on par or down leveled because of the domain change.
      Oct 3
  • Google / Ops Huhf13
    2 years is super early for 8. Try five years
    Oct 2 1
    • Amazon sdml7
      OP
      Agreed. I don’t see the path to 8 here. Not that I am asking for it.
      Oct 2
  • F5 Networks RRA
    Rest and vest if you can without going insane.

    And then leave for a similar TC, at a non-FAANG, if it comes to that.
    Oct 2 0
  • Zillow Group honeypod
    Ask trolls on blind, they will provide the best advice for you
    Oct 2 0

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