TPM at Amazon - Shall i take it !

Jul 19, 2019 26 Comments

i recieved a TPM offer at amazon (seattle) with significant pay raise. i am hearing horror stories about the company. Shall i take it? is extra money worth it ?

edit : I’m comfortable at my current position. Extra money attracted me. ive heard

1. Amazon is extremely political. You have to always be on the lookout. People will always try to throw you under the bus. I’m very bad with politics. I believe it live and let live.

2. I’ve heard to be ready with long hours of work all day everyday. I can work long hours in peaks but all day everyday will burn me out. I believe in working smart than hard. Is amazon right for me or are these rumors ??


current TC : 180k
amazon TC : 275k.

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    • Cisco S12987
      OP
      My job title currently doesn’t say TPM. It say Sr Program manager but all my roles and responsibilities and what I do day to day is same as what TPM does.
      Jul 19, 2019
  • Accenture / Consultant
    StTarrant

    Accenture Consultant

    BIO
    it's the birth rates it's the birth rates it's the birth rates
    StTarrantmore
    What does TPM stand for?
    Jul 19, 2019 1
    • Teradata OacH44
      Technical program manager
      Jul 19, 2019
  • Qualcomm
    TCChaser

    Qualcomm

    PRE
    Amazon
    TCChasermore
    Take it.
    Jul 19, 2019 0
  • Amazon wildlife
    Amazon TPM has to know technical details and capabilities of all teams they interact with. I see many times they design the architecture and have many iterations after talking to various teams about feasibility.
    This is much different than usual program management role.
    Think about this too apart from culture and hard work
    Jul 19, 2019 6
    • Cisco S12987
      OP
      Ya
      Jul 19, 2019
    • Amazon wildlife
      Sde3 are usually confined to a single or group of projects in single org. Principal engineers are very few like 1 in 200.
      There are projects that need changes from multiple orgs like offering music unlimited to people who shop at woot.com and don't have amazon app. There the TPMs have to handle it even from design view
      Jul 19, 2019
  • Salesforce 80087355
    What team? And what are you hearing? Amazon has this tendency to hold people accountable and likes it when teams deliver stuff, especially when they deliver stuff quickly. It’s not for everyone (as in, 99% of the people I’ve met at both Oracle and Salesforce in the past wouldn’t hack it)
    Jul 19, 2019 4
    • Cisco S12987
      OP
      I’m going in as L6. I don’t really care about promotion. At least not in first few years. So i won’t be in anyone’s way.
      Jul 19, 2019
    • Salesforce 80087355
      Right, you won’t be but you’ll hear about it a lot and it can kinda wear on you after awhile.

      You seem level-headed and secure. It’s a big leap forward, so go for it.
      Jul 19, 2019
  • Uber klol
    That's high L6 offer. Take it. 180k Cisco Bay area and 275k Amazon Seattle is no brainer

    TC breakdown? Amazon offers are tricky so make sure you calculated correctly

    Culture varies by team greatly. Some have good work hours
    Jul 19, 2019 2
    • Cisco S12987
      OP
      My offer says first year comp of 275k
      Jul 19, 2019
    • Uber klol
      Base stock sign on?

      What about year 2 3 4?
      Jul 19, 2019
  • Amazon picoloda
    TPMS are the ones who are always thrown under the bus. SDM will try to retain sdes. And directors will try to retain sdms.
    Jul 19, 2019 1
    • Cisco S12987
      OP
      So you recommending I don’t take it ? I am pretty comfortable in my current role. Is extra 95k worth the stress. When you say “retain” do you mean they put TPM on PIP
      Jul 19, 2019
  • Facebook Yerb
    Level?
    Jul 19, 2019 1
  • Amazon akgsus
    275k in Seattle for L6 is very good TC
    Jul 20, 2019 0
  • Intuit gmj
    Dmed you
    Jul 19, 2019 0

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