Sumo Logic vs Amazon SWE intern

New eKuN05
Dec 6, 2019 18 Comments

I have an internship offer from Sumo Logic and Amazon, both for SWE roles. The compensation are:

Sumo Logic:

Pay: $50/hour

Relocation: $5000 one time

Location: Redwood City, California

Duration: 14.5 weeks


Pay: $7933/mo

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?


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TOP 18 Comments
  • Amazon. Sumologic is struggling and barely a startup given that they will be a decade old shortly.

    Amazon is hell but as resume it’s 100x more relevant.
    Dec 6, 2019 3
    • Have we learned nothing about. valuations?
      Dec 6, 2019
    • New eKuN05
      I dint understand what you mean.
      Dec 6, 2019
  • New BMD
    Go with Amazon
    Dec 6, 2019 5
    • Amazon SlhS10
      Do NOT value a pre-IPO company's stock as real money. It is not real money like AMZN stock.
      Dec 7, 2019
    • Sumo Logic bl9yZX
      Can confirm, been told ipo is imminent when I joined 2 years ago. Still no ipo
      Feb 13
  • New / Eng cdbu
    Amazon is 12 weeks, it will change after you select your starting date
    Dec 6, 2019 5
    • New / Eng cdbu
      Start days are every Monday within a 2 to 3 month window.

      As for new grad, I'm not sure. From what I've seen, the majority of companies open applications for new grad positions at the end of the summer, but I'm sure there are exceptions.
      Dec 6, 2019
    • New eKuN05
      Do they hire for Spring?
      Dec 6, 2019
  • Symantec +veGuy
    Internships are done to gain knowledge and experience, money is secondary..I think you are wise enough to choose!
    Dec 6, 2019 1
    • New eKuN05
      I think so too. 4000 is a small investment and I think that might give great returns in the future. So, I am tending to the brand name that Amazon has! However, I want to make sure that I am not being biased toward either, so I am trying to give both companies as much positive points as possible.
      Dec 6, 2019


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