Working in Seattle?

Amazon / Eng
lifeisbear

Amazon Eng

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Cisco
lifeisbearmore
Jul 23 12 Comments

Bored of workig in Amazon, sick of living in London. Was looking for a new opportunity.

Failed my Facebook interview. Ghosted by the recruiter!
Have a Google Zurich interview, but obviously I am not really competitive.

I am hence considering moving to Seattle (with L1 visa) where more interesting teams are.

Questions:
How is the job security in Seattle like?
Can you get laid off immediately without any redundancy package at all?
Should I worry about losing my job at Amazon even if I perform well?
How long does it usually take to get GC?

TC £120k yoe 10

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TOP 12 Comments
  • I have a relative that moved to Seattle to work at Amazon and it was a nightmare. She Ran out of Amazon to another company and LoVes it. Loves Seattle, but get ready for the high rate of living there. You can easily pay 4000.00+ a month for rent downtown. And traffic is a whole nother issue. Best of luck on whatever you decide.
    Jul 23 5
    • Amazon / Eng
      ayylmaodog

      Amazon Eng

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      IBM
      ayylmaodogmore
      Cost of living is pretty similar between London and Seattle
      Jul 23
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

      Microsoft Product

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      Bain & Company
      Brazukamore
      Comparing Seattle to London in cost is ridiculous. London is far more expensive, it's NY levels.
      Jul 23
    • Amazon / Eng
      ayylmaodog

      Amazon Eng

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      IBM
      ayylmaodogmore
      Pay is also far better in the US
      Jul 23
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

      Microsoft Product

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      Bain & Company
      Brazukamore
      And taxes far less
      Jul 23
    • Amazon / Eng bCxp50
      $4k/mth will get you the absolute nicest places in Seattle, and in the most desirable areas.

      The same in London gets you a 200 sq ft microflat in Soho.

      Not comparable.
      Jul 24
  • Amazon / Eng
    ayylmaodog

    Amazon Eng

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    IBM
    ayylmaodogmore
    If you perform well you wont get fired. I only moved to Seattle a couple months ago but I really like it. Also, i havent worked for Amazon anywhere else but i hear it's the best place to be for career growth
    Jul 23 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      lifeisbear

      Amazon Eng

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      Cisco
      lifeisbearmore
      OP
      Thats good to know. Thanks!
      Jul 24
  • Google wkkjy
    Why are you sick of London? Can you provide some info to fellow blinders?
    Jul 23 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      lifeisbear

      Amazon Eng

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      Cisco
      lifeisbearmore
      OP
      Boris Johnson. Brexit. 😉 Apart from that lower salary, higher tax, long and stressful commute, poor housing.
      Jul 24
  • Microsoft ventriloq
    Seattle's weather is comparable to London.. So that's one thing.. Amazon I believe the culture depends on the team.. Some are truly terrible and will make you want to quit.. At Microsoft at least lay offs are such that you will still be on payroll for 2months even though you can't come to work.. This gives you time to find another job.. I would expect amazon to be similar.. I moved to Microsoft on L1 though and you are not allowed to change employers.. Until you get an h1b or green card..
    Green card would depend on the backlog for your country which I assume won't be terrible.. If you're a ppl manager you will qualify for EB1.. Else possibly eb2.. You can look up on the uscis website to see what's the current backlog for your country and category..
    Jul 23 0
  • Bloomberg Stan Ford
    Make sure you ask them to adjust your TC. These London salaries are just not right.
    Jul 23 0