Choosing between L3 Google and L5 Amazon offers. 3.5 YOE
I'm currently a senior engineer with ~3.5 years of experience.
I'm lucky enough to have received offers from Google and Amazon and I'm having a tough time deciding. The Amazon offer is for more money and a band that isn't the 'new grad' band. The Google offer can't match those, but it has intangibles that I value - year-round warm weather, free food, more interesting work, more vibrant company social scene.
Am I foolish to turn down an Amazon L5 and ~40k more comp for an L3 role at Google?
My Amazon offer:
TC over four years: $264k per year
- Total: 165k, disbursed as followed:
-- 1st year cash bonus, paid monthly: $95,000
-- 2nd year cash bonus, paid monthly:$70,000
Stock: 113 shares. Schedule is 5%, 15%, 40%, 40%
Notes: The generous hiring bonus ensures I don't have to care nearly as much about Amazon's steep vesting schedule.
My Google offer:
TC over four years: $226k per year
- Total: 50k
Stock: $210k. Schedule is possibly quarterly, possibly monthly depending on stock price. I'm at ~159 shares currently.
Notes: My recruiter said Google would be willing to shift some of my hiring bonus into stock as long as the TC over 4 years doesn't change. Would be a way to guarantee my stock vest monthly. That would help with holding the stock for over a year to reduce capital gains tax.