Google to Amazon

Nov 3, 2018 56 Comments

I'm having hard time deciding whether it's worth moving to Amazon or not. What amount of annual TC increase (averaged over 2-3 years) would persuade you to make the move. (refreshers are taken into account)?

- 5 weeks of vacations
- 15 minutes of commute
-40 hours work week, good and paid oncall
- free food, better perks and benefits, including parking
- Ok project with 50% of chance getting to L6 within a year

Amazon AWS:
-3 week vacation
-90 minutes commute ( 1 way)
- worse benefits, no free food, paid parking lot
- worse WLB, bad oncall
- interesting project, but probably next level (PE) is not happening in 2-3 years for sure

I know what is comfortable for me. But staying within comfort is not always abgood thing. I tried to leave for 3rd time now (because getting bored), each time end up staying( because financially doesn't make sense). I'm getting too comfortable and too complacent.



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TOP 56 Comments
  • New Bende
    What you’ve described at Google is very hard to replicate when risking a career move. Good WLB, no commute and promotion in the near term. Hold on to that.
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Product

    Amazon Product

    Sr Product Manager, Amazon in Seattle
    Have you ever had a long commute? It can be brutal.

    Based on what you wrote you're going from 8.5 hours of work+commute to at least 11. That in itself puts it close to "no amount of money".
    Nov 3, 2018 3
    • Microsoft TellMyWifi
      Long commutes are absolutely terrible. Avoid at all costs.
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Google / Eng rRPD43
      There's been multiple studies showing increased stress levels with long commutes to work. It seems like a miserable option with little upside from what you described.
      Nov 4, 2018
  • Morgan Stanley

    Morgan Stanley

    90 minutes commute one way should be a stopper
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Eng

    Cisco Eng

    From the way you’ve written this post, seems like you already know what’s best for you! Good luck.
    Nov 3, 2018 2
    • Google seakir
      I know what is comfortable for me. But staying within comfort is not always good thing. I tried to leave for 3rd time now, each time end up staying. I'm getting too comfortable and too complacent.
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Facebook pumpiniron
      Stay at Google, but change teams. That way you force yourself to learn new stuff without everything else taking a hit.
      Nov 3, 2018
  • Amazon bleuAvion
    The commute makes your answer clear, unfortunately. Any way to change that?
    Nov 3, 2018 2
    • Google seakir
      I never had long commute. I always try to live within 15 minutes of work. Only this time it's not possible. Maybe shuttle can make it better. I can avoid rush hours and it can reduce to maybe 40 minutes.
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Amazon bleuAvion
      To me it sounds terrible, unfortunately.
      Nov 3, 2018
  • Google topCon
    A thumbtack in your shoe will take care of that comfort at work. You're welcome.
    Nov 3, 2018 1
    • Google seakir
      Lol. Liked.
      Nov 3, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    Amazon is constantly counting the nickels. My guess is that Google is counting the dollars, and on a less frequent basis. That will be a harsh adjustment. If you’re done with Google or over-coddled there and need a jolt, then AWS might be worth it for a while (planning on a promotion there is another story). Just leave Google on excellent terms, because you may soon find yourself wanting to come back.
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Oracle champa
    Asked your wife
    Nov 3, 2018 2
    • Amazon coolest
      And do the opposite
      Nov 3, 2018
    • Oracle champa
      Then you no get sleep on bed if do opposite
      Nov 3, 2018
  • New / Eng New / Eng
    No money is worth the 90 min commute, unless you are willing to move closer to your office.
    Nov 3, 2018 0
  • Google CREd51
    Stay at Google and look for other things to fulfill your life with outside of work. You will be happier. Work to live!
    Nov 3, 2018 0


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