Is it wise to go to Amazon with my unorthodox career?
I'm in my early 30's, and entered tech relatively late. Prior to current job at Boeing I was a Microsoft orange badge vendor as my first tech job. ~3 YOE. Current job is somewhat dull and I'm not really learning anything, but WLB and benefits are amazing. Seriously like ~30 hrs a week.
I own a townhouse, have a long term gf, 1 cat, 1 dog to consider. Amazon pays way more in raw salary but my benefits blow amazon's away easily.
I just want to know from others, if someone with this background should chance it at Amazon, realistically I can make SDE1 with another 2 months of leetcode, but I have no delusions of being able to last there over 2 years without getting PIP. I can't work super long hours like I could when I was 24, and I'm worried that I'll look bad compared to young college grad willing to take the abuse.
Obviously WLB will take a hit, I expect it to be tough, know I'll get chewed up and spit out. My hope is that I'll learn more than current role, and this will be better for my career long run. Worst case scenario is I just sit on my ass and turn complacent ...
Or should I avoid Amazon altogether and try to target other companies? Some people say it's for the young, uncommitted with few responsibilities, that's what worries me more.
Any insight is appreciated, thanks