Uber 5a vs Amazon SDE 3 in 6 months

Jul 31, 2018 11 Comments

I recently interviewed with Uber and was informed that I am going to be offered Senior Engineer role. Currently an SDE 2 at Amazon and I am expecting to get promoted to SDE 3 in 6 months. Does it make sense to leave for Uber? Should I consider other opportunities as well instead of jumping at the first one?

I don’t know anything about comp yet.


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TOP 11 Comments
  • Uber ridah
    Yes, absolutely. Even if we take your promo for granted (though with Amazon you can never be sure), I would take 5a over SDE3 if you prefer engineering over politics. That being said I was in the exact same spot and didn’t regret my decision to move.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Amazon


    Wait for uber comp. im also in a very similar situation and am just waiting for my h1b transfer. when i got my sde 3 promo package, it was relatively low. I tried talking to my manager but they didnt raise much so i decided to go with uber.
    Jul 31, 2018 1
    • Amazon DaringDoll
      What’s the TC offered by Uber?
      Aug 3, 2018
  • Amazon RBMY63
    The difference is that when you are promoted you get bottom band of SDEIII which is $240k or so. At a new job you will be negotiating after they’ve decided they want you.

    It can’t hurt to get other competing offers, then use them to negotiate and get the pay you want at the company you want.

    You can bring an offer to your manager at Amazon and if you are critical to your team they may Dive and Save, but this is better after promo so they can move you high up in the new band rather than constriction at the current level.
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Facebook icdN16
    TC and YoE ?
    Jul 31, 2018 0
  • Dropbox pnsu
    Isn't amazon Sde3 same as staff everywhere else?
    Jul 31, 2018 5
    • Amazon barista
      That will be rare to see a staff engineer go to AMZ as l7 (principle engineer) or L8 unless u actually delivered something invaluable.
      There are bunch of principle engineers from ebay ... at amazon converted to sde 2 lol
      Aug 1, 2018
    • Amazon barista
      the jump from sde3 to principal is nearly impossible, unless u have multiple patents on ur name
      Aug 1, 2018


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