Stay at Amazon or take new offer

Amazon xeD4ku
Jul 18 37 Comments

I've been working at Amazon for a few years. This is my first job since I graduated from school. I recently got an offer at a startup that's involved in e-commerce solutions. The work interests me and the pay is good, however a part of me wonders if I should stay at a bigger company for a while longer. Wanted to hear some pros/cons from more experienced folks and some feedback about which might be the best career move.


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TOP 37 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng Impostors
    You might very well need to worry about your non-compete agreement depending on your role and location.
    Jul 18 3
    • Amazon / Eng patchi
      Probably not though. You can sign all the non-competes in the world but if that's how you put food on the table, it would be terrible PR for Amazon and they'd most likely lose if it went to court.
      Jul 20
    • Amazon fHsj42
      So ridiculous and arrogant to threat an almost new graduate with non-compete. An example the non-compete has been used for monopoly and should be simply outlawed as illegal just like in California.
      Jul 20
    • Amazon coLD86
      Don't sweat it. Amazon, unless you are doing some very blatant corporate espionage, doesn't care where a college grad leaves the company to.
      Jul 20
  • HERE orThere
    Since it sounds like that you're still pretty new to industry... If the upsides at the start-up really are your thing and you have enough put aside so that you can get by financially if things go south there, then making the jump can be a good idea. Your decision will be harder later when you are tied up with more things (e.g., starting a family) -- try it out, see if you like it and then choose whether to stick with that route or go back into big corporate...
    Jul 18 0
  • Twitch drrybd
    The learning curve at any company will diminish after 3-4 years. Better to start from scratch elsewhere and as well create an opportunity to earn more
    Jul 18 1
    • Amazon / Eng

      Amazon Eng

      Samsung Electronics, Oracle, ServiceNow, ETS
      I don't think it will diminish, but you are not signing up for more. It is always a learning curve to be able to perform at next level.
      Jul 20
  • Amazon Koyl86
    Should try, you can always go back to Amazon if you don't like the new company/role. You will never know without trying.
    Jul 20 0
  • Wayfair bnKI45
    A few years is enough at any company especially if its your first job. Life's too short - you'll always regret it if you don't take the chance
    Jul 20 1
    • Apple EdenFruit
      Very true. I spent 15+ years at my first job and it's my biggest regret in life.
      Jul 20
  • Amazon / Eng Dude58
    If it's been 4 years plus then the bulk of your options have vested in your only leaving refreshers on the table. Certainly start up IPO can be like in the jackpot at Vegas but the odds are similar to hitting the jackpot at Vegas, 90% of startups do not go big. You will gain all kinds of experience at a startup and if it's at all successful and if you start early there is a good chance you will move up with the org as other people come in after you. You have also learned some best practices at Amazon that you can bring to a startup and improve their culture. Coming back to Amazon after a couple years at a startup should be worthy of at least one level of promotion. On the other hand if the start-up is one of the 1 in 10 successful ones then why go back?
    Jul 20 0
  • Amazon / Product crowcrow19
    Go. You can afford to take more risk when you’re younger.
    Jul 20 0
  • Alibaba Group / HR

    Alibaba Group HR

    Why should anyone put a bio on blind? Who is your product guy?
    TC or GTFO
    Jul 20 0
  • Amazon fumbledore
    Go. Get out of Amazon on your own terms. This place is toxic. Come back if you get back a hell of a lot more
    Jul 21 0
  • Amazon


    You got your moneys worth from Amazon, go take that experience and leverage if for more pay, more ownership and more impact
    Jul 20 0
  • Amazon / Eng Dude58
    HAzq58 and I are thinking along the same lines at the same time...
    Jul 20 0
  • Target Dhhebw
    Give it a shot! Take risks (calculated) in life and learn from it. If you're gonna get stocks in your new company, then it could make you richer. You may also be able to climb ladders quicker as compared to in Amazon.
    Jul 20 0
  • Amazon / Data JohnnyUta
    Go. You can always come back. I wouldn’t stress on the non compete. As long as you aren’t taking proprietary products and tech to another company.
    Jul 20 0
  • sharpie_
    Do you have any visa issues?
    Jul 20 0
  • New wufM27
    Should go
    Jul 18 0
  • Amazon / Product no1totrust
    Boomerang! Plus if the grass is not greener you can return within 6 months and your benefits and stock will continue as if nothing has changed
    Jul 24 1
    • Amazon HAzq58
      What about rsu schedule to be vested within that 6 month? If you return after 6 months, will that amount be gone? And you only get what’s remaining ?
      Jul 24
  • Amazon WicH21
    Cut your teeth at Amazon. Get promoted and then move
    Jul 20 1
    • Amazon HAzq58
      Sometime there is uncertainty and some time to wait till promotion, while at the same time external offer is tempting. That makes the choices difficult. Wait till promo then job hop, or job hop and boomerang back to amazon for a higher level/TC
      Jul 20
  • Amazon epcK02
    I’ve found the best way to advance a career is to take a better job every several years (~3-4). It’s the only way you’ll see a significant increase in compensation as well.

    Sounds like you win either way. I say if you like the startup, go for it!
    Jul 20 1
    • Amazon HAzq58
      Some idiot company like Microsoft pays lower than amazon even for the same level or higher
      Jul 20
  • Amazon


    Got your RSUs? Boomerang and get a whole new pkg. people who stay beyond 4 years and 2 months for a fraction of RSUs vs. going to another company for a year and coming back.
    Aug 2 0
  • Nordstrom / Other

    Nordstrom Other

    Microsoft, Getty Images, Ticketmaster
    Life is short, take the new opportunity, get some perspective. You can always go to a large company, nothing is permanent. Enjoy the ride
    Jul 22 0