I have an internship offer from Sumo Logic and Amazon, both for SWE roles. The compensation are:
Relocation: $5000 one time
Location: Redwood City, California
Duration: 14.5 weeks
Housing: $1925/mo post-tax
Additional: Flight tickets to and from Seattle
Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 10.5 weeks
If i work at Amazon for 10.5 weeks versus if I work at Sumo Logic for 14.5 weeks, after calculating the final amount earned during the internship post-tax, and considering the difference in state tax (which little, as I would not earn more than $45000 for the next financial year), the difference in living cost (mostly simple housing, and i am really frugal), the difference in the extra one month rent that I would be paying at Sumo Logic as their duration is longer, difference caused by flight tickets, Sumo Logic ends up paying about $4000 more than Amazon. My target is to maximize the total income. I had resume rejects from most companies I applied to, and when I apply for full-time SWE, having resume rejects from higher paying companies would be a loss to my target, as I would have to go back to the companies I had interned at (assuming I worked hard and secured a return offer). Amazon has a larger brand value than Sumo Logic (I do not know how well-known it is, so could somebody please shed light on this too?), so I think having Amazon on my resume would significantly boost my interview chances versus having Sumo Logic on my resume. The real difference is not the $4000, but the fact that it is a $20000/year difference for full-time pay post-tax and post california’s expensiveness consideration. I worked at a no name company before, and I would not want the generic resume rejects to occur again for full-time (could you also say if many people from no name companies get interviews from the big companies for full time?). So, should i sacrifice $4000 now and $20000/year for the Amazon brand name considering that in case i do not get full-time offers from better companies, i would keep working at the company where i would intern at, but in order to maximize my interview chances for full-time and possibly getting better offers and consequently maximizing my total income?
On a side note, does Amazon increase the duration of its internship so that we could work and earn more?
Amazon is hell but as resume it’s 100x more relevant.