Been at Amazon at international location for 6 months. What's my best next move?

Mar 5, 2018 7 Comments

Graduated software engineering w/3.9GPA from top 50 uni. US citizen. Interned at HQ and got return offer, asked to go abroad.

I don't care too much about comp overall but I want to grow my career as quickly as possible and get myself to a company/projects that are more meaningful/cooler to me (like Spire, Premise Data, Flatiron Health, Trialspark, etc.) I'm not suited for big corporate shit

That said, I feel weird to transfer after 6 months and I am learning a lot every day on the job even if I don't give a shit about amazon as a business too much.

My manager+skip seem to believe in me and are pushing for me to go for promotion in August (11 mos after joining) and I'll know in October. Current plan is to get L5 and ask to xfer back to US. With new offer in hand shop around other companies at L5 level?


1. Is it worth it to wait for L5? Will it make some tangible difference in finding a job somewhere else? How can I maximize returns on a new position in terms of responsibility and options while job hunting?

2. I have the option of building a Coral service from scratch integrating native code etc, vs working on ML research for Sims with an L7, what would you guys think is a better use of my time in terms of hireability?

3. Where should I go next?

What do you guys think?


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TOP 7 Comments
  • Amazon Requeue
    Ok I lied I care about comp my pay here is literally half of everyone back home (my own offer included)
    Mar 5, 2018 2
    • OpenText / Eng no_scrubs
      Are you working in London? I heard software engineers there get paid less due to the good, free educational system of Europe and thus oversupply of qualified workers.
      Mar 5, 2018
    • Amazon Requeue
      Nah, far east
      Mar 5, 2018
  • Google / Eng 12once
    Nobody cares about your degree or GPA if you suck at what you wanna do...
    Mar 5, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng ☃️☄️
    I wouldn’t recommend transferring to Amazon US. You will be asked to pay for both relocations if you quit.
    Mar 5, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng EuUU18
    Salaries putside of US are way lower, thats a given, taxes are higher, especially in Europe, but you get other benefits (which given that you are a recent graduate, propably don’t care).

    Here is the thing though, after 1 year outside of uni, nobody cares about your gpa or that it is at a top 50, at 6months you might be able to interview as a recent graduate in some companies, there, those matter more.

    So, either you start interviewing now and pretty much start from scratch, or you stay, pick the ML project and put ML in you cv.

    L5 doesn’t mean a lot, its more about what you know so waiting for promotion is irrelevant, you can get more money as a junior developer in US anywhere.

    The last part is, that Amazon is a big technology company, having 2-3 years at a big company in the start of your career is a good thing, if you are going to change, make sure that the company will be at least that big, otherwise pick the most interesting projects and build your cv, before you consider a move
    Mar 5, 2018 0
  • Accenture / Other

    Accenture Other

    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    At least wait a year before you leap
    Mar 5, 2018 0


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