Amazon Starting Bonus - when can I leave and what happens if I get laid off?

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KtOV35

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Sourcing Recruiter at Amazon for Software Dev Engineers 2s and 3s previously Sourcer at Google for new grad Software Engineers
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Dec 3, 2019 38 Comments

I started working at Amazon as a Sourcing Recruiter in August. When I didnt have a Hire yet at my 3 month mark my manager started to try to get me to leave by saying that she doesnt think its a good fit for me here and that i might have to go on a performance review and “you don’t want to stick around for that” im going to stick it out as long as i can despite the long hours and pretty awful treatment because I already used my 18k (14k after taxes) starting bonus to pay off student loans and send to my mom.

Does anyone know the rules regarding if you get laid off within your first year do you have to pay back your starting bonus? im honeslty so miserable that i would totally find a new job and quit, but I am almost positive they would expect my bonus back if i left voluntarily.

If anyone has any insight regarding the parameters for if / when you have to pay your bonus back and also how long you have to stay with the company before you don’t have to pay the bonus back I would really appreciate it.

Also, if I do get laid off does anyone know if there is some type of severance package? I know this is more because my manager doesnt like me and less about my numbers because ive been meeting my inputs and am so close to getting my first hire. I had 11 onsite transitions this month and my goal was 10 so its not like im not hitting my inputs. is this something I should go to HR about? Sorry for the long-winded post. I could really use some help! (i work remote so its really tough for me to find people i can trust within the company)

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  • Amazon / HR 🍌nutmufnz
    What level are you and what roles are you looking for? I have pipelines that might help you out. You can get Res IDd or Candidates Recruiter and I'll share FFTW and may toss in a couple FTTO if we get in a groove.

    Relo and bonus wont have to be paid if you're let go but youd have to stay for the PIP. If you stay you should still get the severance. Also if you're not on a dev plan have you thought about potentially transferring to another team that may be better aligned to your sourcing skills?
    Dec 3, 2019 10
    • Amazon / HR 🍌nutmufnz
      How much systems sourcing do you do? Coming in hot on recent applications at exactly 48 hours means they're interested AND you are covered by tagging guidelines. Some recruiters hate it but their fault for not scraping their reqs.

      Silly question but the have you reviewed the resumes of the team you support on iCIMS?

      Do you have a mentor or have you sought one out? Recruiting can be tough but you're not alone. Look at jobfinder.... there are thousands of SDE roles open so sometimes it's hard to generate applications on a single req but fishing and assessments will get you far in this game.
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Amazon / HR 🍌nutmufnz
      @Ebay thanks! Recruiters get a bad rep for being backstabbers, and not knowing the difference between java and javascript, but there are some good teams out there trying to do good work and help coworkers and candidates.
      Dec 3, 2019
  • Stay if you can bear it. Then you get the severance and can file for unemployment. Don’t get those if you quit.
    Dec 3, 2019 3
    • Amazon / HR
      KtOV35

      Amazon HR

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      Just pretty miserable :/ but I am not gonna let her win and take my bonus so I’ll tough it out even if it means going through PIP and getting let go
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Microsoft eggwhites
      Yeh hang in there. This is the right call to help you and your family.
      Dec 3, 2019
  • Microsoft iamletired
    You'll have to pay back a prorated amount if you leave within a year. Sometimes I feel bad for Amazon recruiters. Amazon's reputation is just so bad.
    Dec 3, 2019 0
  • Google iLpI81
    Sourcing is tough and it sucks that your manager is so disconnected from the actual work that they don’t remember how long it takes to get that first one out of the way. Hang in there! Don’t let them get to you and make a stressful situation worse. I used to be in a SHIT environment pre-g, and it was kind of freeing once I had that realization of, what’s the worst that could happen, they fire me?! Sending good vibes your way...
    Dec 3, 2019 3
    • AT&T MsdR32
      Why did you leave? TVC to FTE?
      Dec 4, 2019
    • Amazon / HR
      KtOV35

      Amazon HR

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      Sourcing Recruiter at Amazon for Software Dev Engineers 2s and 3s previously Sourcer at Google for new grad Software Engineers
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      I was a TVC and my contract ended :( applied for an FTE role but was rejected at HC
      Dec 4, 2019
  • Why don’t you use blind to get some candidates?
    Dec 3, 2019 2
    • Amazon / HR
      KtOV35

      Amazon HR

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      Sourcing Recruiter at Amazon for Software Dev Engineers 2s and 3s previously Sourcer at Google for new grad Software Engineers
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      Good idea! Is there a thread / topic you’d recommend ?
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Start your own! Hustle. There’s plenty of people here who would like to get into aws
      Dec 4, 2019
  • KAYAK letcoo
    Hey do you want to hire me? What org are you hiring for?
    Dec 3, 2019 2
    • Amazon / HR
      KtOV35

      Amazon HR

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      Sourcing Recruiter at Amazon for Software Dev Engineers 2s and 3s previously Sourcer at Google for new grad Software Engineers
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      AWS SDEs
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Verizon Media / Eng vskfB
      Considering the bad repo of Amazon work culture it is hard to hire.
      Dec 4, 2019
  • Lockheed Martin Schz
    The offer letter should say what the terms are for the bonus. Obviously there’s some point where you can leave on your own and don’t have to pay it back
    Dec 3, 2019 0
  • Health Fidelity krubslaw
    I’m down to get hired for AWS lol. Is it in the US?
    Dec 3, 2019 3
    • Health Fidelity krubslaw
      Oh awesome, can I DM you? I have about 2 years of exp.
      Dec 4, 2019
    • Amazon / HR
      KtOV35

      Amazon HR

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      Sourcing Recruiter at Amazon for Software Dev Engineers 2s and 3s previously Sourcer at Google for new grad Software Engineers
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      Please do!
      Dec 4, 2019
  • “already used my 18k (14k after taxes)”
    How did you get 14k off 18$k bonus? I got only 8$k off of 20$k bonus after taxes
    Dec 3, 2019 2
    • Different state duh 🙄
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Amazon / HR
      KtOV35

      Amazon HR

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      Sourcing Recruiter at Amazon for Software Dev Engineers 2s and 3s previously Sourcer at Google for new grad Software Engineers
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      Texas baby 🤠
      Dec 3, 2019
  • Amazon PHX Lover
    Sounds like the manager is at fault for hiring you if you weren’t fit for the role!!!
    Jan 8 0

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