Expedia vs Amazon

Nov 26, 2019 21 Comments

I have an SDE(MLE) 2 offer from Expedia with TC: 200K and an SDE 1 offer from Amazon with TC:160K. I really like the team at Expedia and what they are doing. Given the unpopular opinion about Expedia not being a good tech company should I still consider Amazon or should I just go ahead and choose Expedia. I can not negotiate with Amazon as the offer is from the student's program. I am an international student and will require an H1. Keeping the tech and visa in mind will I be at a disadvantage if I choose Expedia.

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  • Credit Karma fkeaovn
    Wow that is a huge difference. Fuck Amazon
    Nov 26, 2019 1
    • Slalom Consulting / Sales StankyFeet
      SDE 2 vs SDE 1.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Amazon thule
    Amazon might be have better 'prestige', but I'd say never sacrifice career progression (and desired career specialization such as ML work especially) for perceived prestigiousness.

    Someone else mentioned that it may look better for future sponsors if you choose Amazon, and while I'm sure it's possible, imo it's not worth giving up the Expedia offer.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • HPE / IT
    D_Intersct

    HPE IT

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    The Human Intersect. Agent Charles Charmicle at your service 😎
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    If you're going on H1 choose Amazon. Looks better for your future and will get you more people to sponsor you in the future. If Expedia will sponsor and give gc then I'd go to Expedia
    Nov 26, 2019 1
    • Reliable Software / Eng Sugoidesu
      Yeah op could also go back to their home country and still earn decently if they work in amazon there
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Add poll
    Nov 26, 2019 3
    • Amazon / Eng wOxp85
      OP
      Thanks, added
      Nov 26, 2019
    • HPE / IT
      D_Intersct

      HPE IT

      BIO
      The Human Intersect. Agent Charles Charmicle at your service 😎
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      You my friend would be a great product manager!
      Nov 27, 2019
    • Don’t insult me please
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Adobe / Other ⊙.☉
    @OP had work exp. outside US? How did you prep for the interview? What kinda questions did they ask? Thanks.
    Nov 27, 2019 2
    • Amazon / Eng wOxp85
      OP
      Yep, the work exp is outside the US.
      The offer from Amazon is an intern conversion so the process involved couple of online coding tests and a remote coding interview.
      The Expedia offer is for the Machine Learning role. There were around 6 rounds most of the rounds involved both coding and NLP(the team is more NLP oriented) and ML in general. Questions ranged from straight technical know-how to system design for the usual software applications and the ML-based ones.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • Adobe / Other ⊙.☉
      Thanks OP. How many years of exp? I am more interested in their NLP/ML related questions.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Expedia Group / Eng e5menow
    Expedia sponsors GC instantly after your manager's approval. So i think for immigration purposes Expedia is better.

    If i were you i would also negotiate GC as part of this
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • Amazon / Eng wOxp85
      OP
      Expedia did offer GC on day 1.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Amazon dayafter1
    Clarify the GC process in both cases. Previously, Amazon would not start your GC process until you get to SDE 2 which will be like in 2 years if you successful.
    Nov 27, 2019 2
    • Amazon / Eng wOxp85
      OP
      Thats the policy with Amazon even now. Expedia offered GC on day 1.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • Amazon dayafter1
      You will need to make a choice how GC is important for you. I worked at the tier-2 company for 5 years to get my GC and then I was a free bird. It was not bad at all but could be somewhat better. I think now it is even less strict and you could change jobs in the middle of the process. I would go with Expedia if I were you for GC reasons. I worked there, it was not bad at all. You could learn more from Amzn but it is a meat grinder, Expedia has a sane WLB.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • New tWao53
    What's your Expedia comp breakdown?
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • Amazon / Eng wOxp85
      OP
      140 base 35 sign on 12k relocation 12% year-end bonus and 20k RSU.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Equifax / Eng
    lok_

    Equifax Eng

    PRE
    Capgemini, Honeywell FM&T
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    How many years of work experience do you have?
    Dec 11, 2019 0
  • Expedia Group / Eng e5menow
    It's not really 200k. You don't include relo and signing as part of your TC.
    Also Expedia doesn't always give 12% bonus. Especially with this year stock plummet you won't get 12%
    Nov 27, 2019 0

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