Cisco vs Amazon - Which to choose?

Cisco / Other

Cisco Other

Dec 4, 2019 10 Comments

Currently a G6 TPM at Cisco, San Jose within the software group - 27 months of relevant experience in the role.
Received a competitive offer from Amazon, Seattle for L5 Program Manager - Non Tech and TPM, chose the former (since this particular role aligns more with my long-term goal of moving to a PM-T role within Amazon)

On informing my manager at Cisco, they have offered to promote me effective immediately through an off-cycle promo to a G8, with a 21% increase in my total compensation (base + bonus). It does not match the Amazon offer (difference of about 13%), but good enough for a Cisco TPM with limited experience as per Glassdoor/LinkedIn Salaries etc.

Which should i take up? Should i continue staying at Cisco, or relocate and move to Amazon Seattle? Is the move from Bay Area to Seattle worth it? What other factors should i be considering - for me, the money is not the primary factor of consideration.

Any inputs would be helpful.


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TOP 10 Comments
  • Microsoft marshmell
    13% hike for bad WLB and culture is not a good deal. Add Seattle’s crap weather and depressing colleagues
    Dec 4, 2019 0
  • McAfee


    Symantec, McAfee, Intel Corporation
    Stay at Cisco , Amazon from what I have heard take the life out of you for the TC they give. Stay at Cisco for another couple of years and gain more relevant experience and then look for opportunities.
    Dec 4, 2019 0
  • Boeing booring
    One thing that’s not considered and was a huge lesson for me — I moved from Cisco to Amazon Seattle. If you don’t have friends up here and have a hard time making friends, it’s going to be rough. People who say you can always move back or transfer are bullshitting — that’s not just within amazon, but any company. Literally my first month here was beautiful weather, unlimited outdoors activities but I was depressed because I didn’t know anyone and had to put a lot of effort to make friends. They don’t call it the Seattle freeze for nothing.
    Dec 4, 2019 0
  • Amazon. It will open lot more and lot better opportunities for you both in short and long run.

    You can always move back to Bay Area.
    Dec 4, 2019 0
  • Did you tell manager you were leaving and then they decided to counter? Or did you just say you were thinking about it? And how long did it take for their counter offer? And what’s current base and future base for G6? I am g8 non swe 100k base for reference too
    Dec 4, 2019 2
    • Cisco it-chucky
      Oh wow yeah I know G6 swe coming in even higher than that - I’m g8 analyst in operations hence the low base I’m guessing..

      Which BU? And we’re you doing important work too hence they came back quickly to try and keep?
      Dec 9, 2019
    • Cisco / Other

      Cisco Other

      I’m a TPM for DNA-C.
      Dec 10, 2019
  • Amazon Koyl86
    Amazon would add a lot more stress, a non-financial setback.
    Dec 4, 2019 1
    • Amazon Koyl86
      Well, bad health could cost you ! Not worth it, stay with the team that values you.
      Dec 4, 2019
  • AppDynamics kJ7ufxM
    I’d say stay. You know how things are and you for a nice bump. Personally I also wouldn’t like to live in Seattle. Stay and jump later to some better company in the bay.
    Dec 4, 2019 0


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