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.
>compared to other native Americans