is 10/20/30/40 vesting schedule common?

Uber svu
Nov 14 22 Comments

i know amazon and snapchat do it. but the company im talking to took a step further.. the vesting only happens at the end of each year, so if I leave at the 47th month, I’d get only 60% rather than ~100%..

would you even consider this offer? they let me trade equity for base as much as I wish, so maybe i’d just take an all cash, or almost all cash offer?


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TOP 22 Comments
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    Facebook, Amazon
    Facebook, Amazon Software Engineering.
    No Amazon is even more cruel.

    Nov 14 7
    • Google PvJl86
      Sort of.. especially the second year sign on.. but other companies don't do the cruel vesting AND give you sign on. And do you know how many people leave Amazon before year 3? It was over 50% for my org when I was working at Amazon.
      Nov 14
    • Amazon


      Here to share my experience and knowledge inspired by the support I got from minimsft.
      There is no cruel vesting at Amazon - they pay you in cash for the first two years every month the amount you agreed to as your annual compensation. We’re not talking about 10-50K sign on here, it starts at 100K+ for the low level jobs.
      Nov 14
    • Slalom Consulting / Sales StankyFeet
      If they gave 25/25/25/25 my tc would be so much better 🙃
      Nov 14
    • Google PvJl86
      I've worked at Amazon for 4 years and know about plenty of offers that co-workers got and have comparisons with offers from other companies. It's cruel vesting. Low level like new grad isn't gonna get 100k+ each of first two years as sign on... In fact sign on for first two years combined is almost always lower than Facebook sign on for the first year.

      But I agree sign on for L6+ can be pretty substantial at Amazon. It makes sense cuz Amazon business philosophy is to compete for higher levels but believe lower level engineers are easily replaceable.
      Nov 14
    • Google PvJl86
      And Amazon refreshers... Lack of or small refreshers unless you are a strong performer... Is another issue...
      Nov 14
  • Uber / Eng

    Uber Eng

    Snapchat is 1/48 every month from first month now afaik. What’s the company?
    Nov 14 1
    • Snapchat TCobsessed
      Came to say this. And vest starts pretty much after your first month, no 1 year cliff for vesting
      Nov 14
  • Wayfair / Eng BScK77
    It seems uncommon. In fact, anecdotal evidence from here is that Google is going the other way with a 40/28/20/12 schedule for some offers.
    Nov 14 9
    • Google PvJl86
      Well then... Make director. Haha.
      Nov 14
    • New iVCs42
      I got the 40/28/20/12 vesting with Google (start in a few weeks). Assuming refreshers and promo will kick in to make up for comp decline
      Nov 14
    • LinkedIn ifnsuscej
      But how about when you consider I vesting the excess from Y1 then comparing? The time value of your money is being completely left out here.

      If I had accelerated vesting I probably would have bought a house a couple years ago, which would have definitely been beneficial.
      Nov 14
    • AT&T MsdR32
      For SWE?
      Nov 14
    • New iVCs42
      I have accelerated vesting for TPM role
      Nov 14
  • Infosys BRY47
    All cash offer is a no-brainer if they offer it. A stock in Snap is a stock in Snap. But cash could be any stock, it could even be a stock in Snap.
    Nov 14 1
    • Salesforce peaceguy
      It's not same.
      With stocks , u are offered all at the start but u get the last chunk after 4 years. So that can have a good potential to double or triple.
      But will money, u can't buy 4 years of stocks at a time
      Nov 14


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