Amazon sde offer evaluation - Seattle

Apr 10, 2018 35 Comments

Heya,

Just got an offer from Amazon. I interviewed for sde2 position but got offered sde1 position despite good interview feedback. I have total of 3.5yrs of exp. Recuirter mentioned that I will be fast tracked for promo for sde2

1. should I accept the offer given Amazon's recent stock rise and growth potential.
2. Recruiter mentioned Max sde1 comp is 150k ish. Is this true ?
3. My current TC is 180k. Should I accept the pay cut for growth potential ?

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TOP 35 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng Foods
    Gut reactions:

    0.) do not accept your offer before you have a comp number in writing

    1.) both a pay cut and a title cut seems excessive. If you’re not desperate I would push for one or the other - if you ask me, the comp side

    2.) growth potential is one thing, and Amazon is a big name, but you’re guaranteed at least six months of ramp up time
    Apr 10, 2018 3
    • Amazon / Eng Foods
      That’s a question only you can answer. If you don’t much care for moving to Amazon, sure. “Match my current TC” isn’t an absurd demand coming from GS. If you love the company and would be very disappointed if your recruiter tells you to fuck off, then don’t - you can comfort yourself with the fact that cost of living means you’re effectively making 30% more in Seattle than the same salary in NYC
      Apr 10, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Foods
      Along those lines, WA has no income tax, so you’d probably already come out ahead with 170k here
      Apr 10, 2018
  • Oracle / Other juscurious
    Fast tracking for promotion to sde2 is BS. Recruiter is just selling the job. Take this offer only if you are okay with sde1 at Amazon for couple of years
    Apr 10, 2018 0
  • Amazon Tgisd6
    Growth potential at Amazon? Most people quit if not jump off buildings in 2 years. Get at least 2x current TC for first 2 years
    Apr 10, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng Foods
      What the actual f
      Apr 10, 2018
  • I turned it down. Probably the hardest career decision I’ve had to make
    Apr 25, 2018 0
  • Google jCNW14
    Recruiters can’t promise promos, so that isn’t even a talking point.
    Apr 10, 2018 0
  • Apple Omdxzxx
    Dont ever believe recruiters or an employer for that matter unless you get promises in a legally binding and enforceable contract.
    Apr 10, 2018 0
  • Apple :-P
    How much is your base in your current 180k TC?
    Apr 10, 2018 8
    • Apple :-P
      I heard that bonuses in GS are discretionary. Isn't true?
      Apr 10, 2018
    • Deutsche Bank Gongoo
      Wait how do you know that your bonus will rise from 40K this year to 100k next year ? Bonuses are discretionary
      Apr 11, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Foods
    150k sounds like a reasonable top end for sde1, but that’s also usually someone with 2 years of experience and a couple internships. My starting sde1 comp is ~106k base, 35k signing and 30k over the second year, plus whatever happens to 65k in stock over four years
    Apr 10, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng Foods
      So yes: I think 170k would be pushing it, indeed. It’s also, coincidentally, the bottom of the target range for SDE2
      Apr 10, 2018
    • Amazon Tgisd6
      SDE2 can go above 250k, 150k is about median for SDE1
      Apr 10, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Foods
    What comp did they offer you?
    Apr 10, 2018 1
    • Goldman Sachs / Eng Truth()
      OP
      Recruiter mentioned 150k is on the higher end of the band. Given my current TC she said she can push it to 170k
      Apr 10, 2018
  • Airbnb Amds46
    Why would you? Never do that.
    Apr 10, 2018 0

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