Is Amazon a door to a better career?
I interviewed for L5 at Amazon but got bumped to L4. But they were able to offer me 200k tc in nyc. The project/team sounds very exciting as I would be able to work with lotd of data/ML which is whar my masters is in but I havent been able to use it in applied work.
My current gig is as a tech lead, where im unchallenged but also underworked. I currently live 2 blocks from my office, and get to work remote a day a week. My current projects are terrible, I dont feel challenged, and I dont see much career growth here as my manager has personally told me that the culture is one that doesnt like for people to promote people above them.
Was really looking forward to Amazon to learn a lot and be surrounded by bright people. I also feel like going into Amazon will get me into the higher tier of comp/quality of engineers. Given Im nearly capped on the comp for companies outside of FANG
Other Interviews: I failed the onsite for FB a couple weeks ago, and ive interviewed at 3+ startups for lead mobile roles and gotten offers from most. The issue is the comp is the same and I dont see much career growth/comp growth going to a startup. Amazon also offered me to be able to re interview for L5 in 5 months.
Commute: Not sure this is a huge component, but I live 2 blocks from my current office, work a day remote, and can come in at 10 and leave at 5 sharp. While Amazon is about a 30 min commute, and probably not leaving at 5 there.
Current TC: 200k
YOE: 2. I have a Masters from a top school if that adds anything.
Age: Im 22 if that adds any insight towards advice into priorities.