Should I move to Google from Amazon?

Amazon rune
May 25 29 Comments

I'm currently L5 SDE at amazon. I've been there for almost 2 years. After 1y4m I transitioned to management because my manager left. I'm doing well as a manager and might reach L6 within 1 or 1.5 years and then I can transition to SDE3.

I have an offer from Google for L3 (equivalent to SDE1) Engineer. The TC is higher than amazon.

Should I go? It's a downgrade in terms of progression, but I've always wanted to go to google. I think I'm going to transition back to SDE anyway, but I will be delayed a lot in google since I'll start over from SDE1.

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Amazon anw2Bwm
    You're willing to give up Senior Eng at Amazon for level 1 eng at Google? Lol what
    May 25 1
    • Amazon Bill.
      I know right. When balancing the two options, why would you go to SDE I?
      If your desire is to work at Google, it seems that on the current path you are building up more accomplishments to enter much higher later on.
      May 25
  • Facebook Pbuj80
    I’d stay. Getting senior sde in 3 years is amazing
    May 25 1
    • Amazon / Eng bCxp50
      Ehhh...every L5 SDE is supposedly "1 to 1.5 years away from L6" here. That's the proverbial carrot they're all chasing.
      May 25
  • Amazon
    dafuq™

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    Lol. What's the TC offered? Google ain't special as of 2019. It is just another msft. Recent Amzn L5 TCs are like 250-270k in Seattle.
    May 25 3
    • Dell LUHV04
      Any particular reason for googles demise ?
      May 25
    • Amazon
      dafuq™

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      Reading news and blind posts, late into cloud platform, ads share eaten by facebook, bulk hiring with downlevel & low TC. Google earnings reports showing same revenue, high operating costs, & loosing marketshare smartphone business & ads. Google search & maps are still the strongest product with no competition.
      May 25
    • Dell LUHV04
      Thanks. This is good insight.
      May 25
  • Amazon / PR jefe_bezos
    Depends how much you care about career progression vs a shiny badge on your LinkedIn.
    May 25 0
  • Morgan Stanley ninja007
    No brainer. Stay at Amazon and get to L6.

    SDE to SDM transitions are easier and very common. The other way - not that easy.
    May 25 2
    • Amazon rune
      OP
      But that means I should transition to SDE asap, right?
      May 25
    • Morgan Stanley ninja007
      Yes. If you’re keen on growing as an SDE - definitely!
      May 26
  • PayPal / Eng oolala
    It's not worth it.
    May 25 0
  • Dropbox p n
    No, if you can reach L6 in 1 year
    May 25 0
  • Amazon OkHiHello
    If you are confident with your next level in Amazon you should stay, as SDE3 has very high influence which I doubt you’ll get in Google L3 plus the next years raise will easily beat Google’s.
    May 25 0
  • Google aiqqu
    Why would you downlevel like that super hardcore.
    May 25 0
  • Amazon fKhc35
    No. Why would you?
    May 25 0
  • Google / Eng g3doc
    If you've always wanted to go to Google just go now. Better start your career here earlier than later. This is a big company and it takes time to get your bearings and have impact. P.S. I declined senior/staff/manager level positions elsewhere to come to Google as L4 SWE. 350k TC. Like you I just want to focus on building things and don't care much about titles.
    May 26 1
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      Curious: how much of your day do you spend coding vs design meetings and writing design docs vs reviewing code?
      May 26
  • Google topCon
    You should share the TCs

    You're L5 now but Google L3 is more TC? Amazing
    May 26 0
  • Drive.ai zyz
    Don't go to Google unless it's for L5. Otherwise you're just resetting the promo clock.
    May 26 0
  • Oracle fungibh
    Do it
    May 25 0
  • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
    Can you do another loop at Google to up level to L4? I just got an L4 offer, but they're letting me do another round for L5.
    May 26 0
  • Salesforce tensorchic
    I wouldn't. Unless it's working on a team where you are wanting to learn the domain and orthogonal skill set.
    May 25 0
  • Amazon kab000m
    Stay in Amazon
    May 25 0
  • Microsoft / Eng mfCG87
    Get your L6 then go to Google if you want
    May 25 0
  • Google
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    How do you feel about WLB? Ask for a higher level at Google.
    May 25 0
  • PayPal x ploy ted
    Yes
    May 25 0