I work at AWS on a popular service. AWS has a great reputation for getting to Senior SDE. I'm on a great project, and I see a clear path to promotion. I think within a year, it is likely given our work.
Problem is, at 5 yoe, 180 TC is hardly market value. I am thinking about jumping ship because I think I could easily get 250 (Seattle). I believe promotion will get me to 250, but that will only take effect in 2021 given a 2020 promotion due to the nature of stock grants.
I'm a bit conflicted because AWS is really good experience. And Amazon Senior SDE could help me jump to even higher levels of comp outside of Amazon if I wait for promo and leave after a year or two after that.
Sometimes experience and patience is worth it