Amazon SDE1 vs Nordstrom Eng 2 Offer Evaluation(Seattle)

Aug 18, 2018 16 Comments

I have 3 years of work experience and make close to 120k a year in the Greater Seattle area with an 8% annual bonus. The stock grants at my current company are not really substantial.

I got an offer from Amazon SDE1(L4) on the Amazon Global Expansion team. The details of that are:
1) Base pay: $115,000
2) Sign on bonus: $45000(25k at sign on and 20k over the second year)
3) 40 RSU's

So that makes it a total TC of $144250(115000 + 45000/4 + 72000/4)

I also have another offer from Nordstrom for Engineer 2 role on the Supply chain and warehouse team.

The details are
1) Base pay $125,000
2) 20% annual bonus(50% based on personal performance, 50% based on company performance)

So TC of close to 150k

I also gave an onsite interview at Apple on the Siri team in Cupertino this week but haven't heard back from them.

My top choice is Amazon. So I wanted to ask if there is room for improvement on both the offers and what strategy would you guys suggest to make the most out of my current situation.


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TOP 16 Comments
  • Apple / Eng

    Apple Eng

    If the work is more or less the same, then go for Amazon. For your yoe having amazon on your resume will definitely be a boost for your next job search down the line. That has been my exp at least. Recruiters are more likely to reach out to you if you have a FANG company on your resume. Don’t worry about the diff in tc, you should focus on building your skills, or at least a good cv (while not compromising too much on the work)
    Aug 18, 2018 9
    • Comcast kavx16
      What's the maximum TC that I can aim for? 170k-180k? Also does Amazon give out annual bonuses?
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Amazon Icupb4
      Max for sde1 is around 160ish I believe. Base won't go as high as 130k. No annual bonuses
      Aug 19, 2018
  • West Corporation theocean
    Given that op already has 3yoe. If op does well then is it possible to became sde2 in a year or something at Amazon.
    For many amazon sde2 roles job description says 2 to 3yoe.
    Aug 18, 2018 2
    • Comcast kavx16
      Yeah that is another concern of mine. I am at level 3(new grad level is 2) at my current company. So this seems to be a step down in terms of title. Although I do realize FANG companies do tend to give a lower title. Plus I cant say I really aced all the interviews
      Aug 18, 2018
    • Tableau bb18hhqu
      Comcast to Amazon is a promo, not a down level
      Aug 18, 2018
  • Amazon


    OP, were you able to negotiate?
    Aug 21, 2018 1
    • Comcast kavx16
      I did but wasnt much
      Sep 4, 2018
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    Room for Rsu and sign on
    Aug 18, 2018 0


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