Is Amazon a door to a better career?

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Nov 23, 2019 20 Comments

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.

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  • Facebook Sargon
    Go to Amazon, and do it early in your career. It is an engineering school superior to most tech companies.
    Nov 23, 2019 5
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      Interesting. Thanks for the insight! Better than continuing to interview at other FANG?
      Nov 23, 2019
    • Facebook Sargon
      Can’t speak to all FANG, but the engineering discipline in Amazon is definitely superior to facebook, especially for junior engineers.

      You can join facebook later as a senior and cash out your expertise.
      Nov 23, 2019
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      Makes sense. It’s refreshing to hear something positive, as there’s so much negative talk on Amazon on Blind. I’ve had a very positive interaction with the SDMs I’ve talked to so far.
      And ya I think the idea would be to try to get more aggressive on the comp in a year or so, but that may be another FANG or I may even try starting my own thing.
      Nov 23, 2019
    • Amazon Pricey
      Amzn is a big company. Teams are ran and divided like start ups. Experiences and culture vary widely across teams and departments.
      Nov 23, 2019
    • Pure Storage meemeep
      What teams are best for learning?
      Nov 25, 2019
  • New tHRV33
    You seem considerably young given your master and yoe 👍...
    Nov 23, 2019 8
    • Amazon kha32283
      Cool
      Nov 23, 2019
    • Amazon bezоs
      It doesn’t compound. You will forget many of the things you learn and people will treat you like you’re inexperienced and will try to downlevel you when you move to an even slightly different domain. Look after your health, family, and wlb.
      Nov 23, 2019
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      The money though..... I feel like that’s compounding
      Nov 23, 2019
    • Amazon bezоs
      The 200k? Sure but that will compound anyway.
      Nov 23, 2019
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      The cash, but also I imagine most people don’t often go down in their TC. I’m just not sure what else I would focus on? If I read more I’ll just forget that too. Traveling and dating more seems too indulgent for my personality rn.
      I guess building my own products would be the best bet, given that’s where my interests are, and at least I’d have the overall experience after even if no money came out of it and I forgot most of what I learned hands on
      Nov 23, 2019
  • Amazon rand0miz3d
    you're young and your yoe is just 2. Master doesn't mean anything. Amazon fairly levels you at sde1 and 200k is a pretty decent offer. If you're good as you said, sde2 is right there. That offer should already put you at sde 2 pay band. Take it and you will see how many doors it would open for you in the future. Not to mention you should learn a ton of things that I might guess your tech lead role could not give you.
    Nov 23, 2019 0
  • Amazon CulStryBro
    L4 to L5 promo takes 1.5-2 years for most with prior experience. This is not a hard promo. You will learn a lot at Amazon. Your comp won't grow much unless the stock grows at least until you hit L5 and get a TT or HV+ rating, but you can always hop to another FAANG with a much stronger resume in a year or two as well.
    Nov 23, 2019 1
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      I guess the alternative would be trying to get a higher comp at a FANG instead of taking the offer.
      Nov 23, 2019
  • SEI Investments deepo
    How old are you?
    Nov 23, 2019 1
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      22 and 9/10ths
      Nov 23, 2019

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