Should I stay or should I go?

Amazon / Eng hAvK30
Sep 6 13 Comments

10 years in the industry, 5 years in Amazon (SDE II), two teams, there's nothing left from the sign up bonus and there's nothing much moving forward.

I'm making about 185k TC, I enjoy my current team and appreciate my manager and skip, but I don't see promotion on the next couple of years, and with the promo process in our group I'm skeptical about my career progression in general - my managers seem supportive, but I'm more concerned about the org.

The question is - should I stay and hope for the best, or should I try to get the promotion by switching to a different top tier company?

On the one hand, I have good time at the office, and good managers is something that I consider to be of high value (my previous manager was hostile, my current one is a massive improvement).
On the other hand, I'm tired of not advancing. All of my friends have been moving upwards, and I feel like I'm trailing behind.

I've excelled on everything I've done in my life, except for advancing my career. I have some legitimate outstanding accomplishments, so it's not like I'm a weak / bar-lowering individual. I know that I'm biased by definition, but this information has been conveyed by 3rd parties as well.

So should I roll the dice, or just focus on appreciating what I have and hope for the best?

(I should mention - if I go down the interview path, I'm doing it full steam: 3-6 month of preparations. So it's a serious time investment, hence the dilemma)


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TOP 13 Comments
  • Oracle / Eng aham
    Go. Don't stunt your career growth
    Sep 6 0
  • Amazon Xode
    What I am reading is that there is no motivation to stay. Get out of your comfort zone and try other places. Career progression at amazon is a myth.
    Sep 6 0
  • Expedia Group SEA-SFO
    Start looking now while Economy is still good!
    Sep 6 0
  • Google G minority
    Always easier to switch. Always.
    Sep 6 2
    • Amazon / Eng hAvK30
      That's so messed up... 🤦‍♂️(I think you're right, I just think it's stupid that it's easier to pass interview on higher lvl, rather than getting promoted within the org)
      Sep 6
    • Google G minority
      I haven’t figured it out yet either. 🤷🏾‍♀️ wish there was an HR person here to enlighten us.
      Sep 6
  • Apple 🥭mango
    Interview and see what you get
    Sep 6 0
  • AnchorFree / Eng 🍪 cookie
    5 years at Amazon means you're pretty damn good.. Probably you'll increase the TC a lot
    Sep 6 0
  • Google topCon
    Op, your TC with stock appreciation?
    Sep 6 2
    • Amazon protonn
      +1 how is it 185k?
      Sep 6
    • Amazon / Eng hAvK30
      Yes, it accounts for appreciation...
      Sep 7
  • Oracle


    Leave. Level up, interview for SDE3 level roles only.
    Sep 6 0
  • Amazon 273g67eb2n
    Get out. There is no reason to stay at Amazon for more than 4 years unless you have a promotion on the immediate horizon. Go get a promotion and more TC elsewhere.
    Sep 6 0