I am done with Amazon!!

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NotFrug

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Oct 21, 2019 86 Comments

I have been in Amazon for around 3.5 years now. Worked in India for around 2 years 8 months and then moved to AWS, Seattle. SDE2. Comp 180k

Getting shitty comp as compared to other native Americans and other SDEs with masters degree.

I am having 5 years of total experience. I can't see enough good projects for me to grow to next level in next 1-2 years. Changing teams also can't guarantee level of career growth I want i.e. I wish to work on projects that give me good technical and leadership opportunities to grow to SDE3 in another year or so. Also, even though I am a strong SDE, this stack ranking thing gives me deep feel of job insecurities. Compounded by Blind posts on same, I feel I am done with Amazon. After 6 months, all my major stocks will get vested.

Even if I will become SDE3 in another year and half, the pay will remain shitty, comparing what other companies are offering.

I heard Google/fb pays nice packages to SDE3s. Heard of my frnds getting around 400-500k at SDE3 level.

I am on L1B visa, so can't switch companies right now. I am gonna apply for H1B in 2020 and wish I would get myself in lottery.

Till then what advise do you guys have for me? Should I start preparing for Google/fb right now, optimistically that I would definitely get H1B ? Or wait for H1B and then start preparing (time period between H1B approval and stamping) and till then focus on current team projects.

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  • Palo Alto Networks !💥
    >worked in India
    >compared to other native Americans

    wat
    Oct 21, 2019 6
    • New / Eng unravel
      I think he means "native to the United States of America"
      Oct 22, 2019
    • Amazon / Eng
      NotFrug

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      this. unravel got it right...rest of you guys..please keep on arguing.
      Oct 22, 2019
  • New waas87
    Unbelievable, their request grow everyday. Now they require more than 180k for SDE2.

    You should definitely go back.
    Oct 21, 2019 5
    • Facebook / Eng timp
      And the security guard at Amazon can make the same claim as can the janitor that would them Amazon cannot survive.

      Chefs at FB has the most impact work ensuring employees are well fed and don't die out of hunger. OP sounds so entitled.
      Oct 28, 2019
    • Amazon yAVQ42
      Now I start to wonder how much $ AMZN actually makes considering the number of employees * billions
      Dec 9, 2019
  • Amazon / Product AvjU71
    I agree you should go back you ungrateful Indian!!! Amazon sponsored your L1 and all you want to do is switch!!! Why did you come thru Amazon then!?!?
    Oct 21, 2019 4
    • Microsoft DNcc76
      Yep avju71 is so stupid
      Oct 21, 2019
    • Amazon / Product AvjU71
      By the way I am also an Indian!! I just find the arrogance unacceptable!! But I guess I should just sugar coat my comments next time......
      Oct 21, 2019
  • Apple craig f
    You should prepare to go back.
    Oct 21, 2019 7
    • Capital One needsafety
      You’re assuming you should be paid the same as an American. That’s false.
      Dec 1, 2019
    • Amazon fooDeerF
      When the American is not as good/valued by companies as the Indian, why should we not get paid in the same level?
      Feb 15
  • Apple woodkid
    What makes you think you'll get hired as a Senior in Google/Fb as an SDE2 in Amazon?

    At best, you'll be hired into the same level. At worst, you'll be downleveled.
    Oct 21, 2019 7
    • Apple woodkid
      I've known Principal engineers from Microsoft join G at L5(Senior) @Google.

      Google downlevels because they can. The competition is much higher and they know that not a lot of people turn their offer down.
      Oct 21, 2019
    • LinkedIn jebIsaMess
      sde2 bar at amazon is worse than a lot of new grads at top tech companies, let alone senior at google :D
      Oct 28, 2019
  • Google SundarGets
    Shitty comp? When I first moved to USA, my comp was around 60k in California. Even that seemed enough. Expectations of software engineers is too much these days. Your comp is top 0.1 percentile in USA.
    Oct 21, 2019 1
    • Facebook timeheals
      Yeah 60k could buy you a mansion in 1930. I don’t get what the complaining is about
      Oct 21, 2019
  • Facebook / Eng oyjm
    > "I have been with Amazon for 3.5 years of which 2 years 8 months in India.."

    You have been at US for only 7 months; you can be a bit more grateful and not complain about lower TC. Wait to see if you get H1B next year and if not, you should look to join Google/FB overseas and transfer back again to US maybe.
    Oct 21, 2019 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      NotFrug

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      this is a good suggestion. Thanks dude.
      Oct 22, 2019
  • Wells Fargo B🤬!Huh?
    Seems like a lot of jealous angry White men under this post 😂

    Look if Amazon isn't giving you what you want based off your skills, then move on. Take what you have learned elsewhere.
    Oct 21, 2019 5
    • Apple craig f
      I don’t subscribe to the idea that those statements you mentioned are racism. They are real concern raised by many, not only white Americans (I’m not one myself).

      On a side note, If every controversial topic people raise gets called racism then we can’t openly discuss these real issues.
      Oct 22, 2019
    • Amazon / Eng
      NotFrug

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      Well, I don't really get myself engaged into those racist/problematic discussions because I know those are bit more over-hyped for discussions sake, than those actually affect people. Given that, I feel Wells Fargo quoted it simply right about my problem. I am hard and smart working SDE, equally or even more competent that my peers and still paid lesser than those guys. I can't always compare my US income with my Indian Salary since I live here and expenses here are not same as in India. So, let's not divert the topic..Also, this is not specific to Indians, Americans, etc. This is a general human tendency to compare.
      Oct 22, 2019
  • GE F499
    I know people who joined MS in Seattle, in late 1999 graduated from IITs and masters from Ivy leagues still making way less than you are! Be grateful. You are definitely not under paid.
    Oct 21, 2019 0
  • American Express vrBp02
    Why should you be paid the same when they are spending a considerable amount of money to sponsor you? You need to be realistic! You are still making multiple times over what the avg. American makes and tons more than in India. You have an entitlement issue. If you have the skills and the chops, apply to another company then!! You will not find another country on earth with the abundance of opportunity and the ability to be born poor and die rich. You should know from having a caste system that pigeon holes people. Here in America, black white, pink, purple, gay, straight, or whatever label you want to slap on, we should all be grateful. I am an immigrant and God bless America!! It’s not perfect, but I am much better off here than my native country!
    Oct 21, 2019 0

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