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Old 02-07-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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it depends on what's your new position. They are not going to pay 120k for SDE1 or 2.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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My husband got an offer from Amazon last year---making about 20K LESS than what he was making in NC for a similar job. We tried to counter, but they never replied (we literally never heard from them again, despite my husband's repeated attempts to contact people). They did offer him 20K in a sign on bonus, 40K in stock options, and were willing to relocate us.

Still, 20K is a big chunk of change for a pay cut. From what I've heard, Amazon can be stingy with salaries.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:23 PM
 
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I guess it's a YMMV.

It depends on what role you are hired into. If you think you're SDE III material and your previous jobs were all at the SDE III equivalent level and you got paid at the SDE III equiv level but you interview and Amazon levels you as an SDE II, then you'll get an SDE II type offer and you may be disappointed I suppose.

As another poster wrote, it's also about total compensation so make sure that you include your base pay + cash bonus + stock. Of course there's no guarantee but the stock portion has been doing pretty well in recent years (say the last decade or so).

RVD.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:43 AM
 
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Just fyi, SDE is software development engineer. Totally different than software support engineer, with different pay scale.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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PNWGuy is right.

The pay scale for support engineers is always lower than SDEs. What's confusing is that PayScale and Glassdoor.com show salary ranges that are well below my current income (for Amazon, for that role). If that's a true representation of what Amazon pays, then why would they want to move forward with the interview process?
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:40 PM
 
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wow salaries like those make me wish i had gone to school to become a software engineer. the things i could do with even 80k... oh well
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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Serabit, at Amazon, compensation is generally a combination of salary and stock. Amazon compensation philosophy is highly stock-centric. It's not like at other companies where stock or bonuses are nice surprises; at Amazon, stock is standard and generally expected.

Nobody at Amazon makes more than $165k salary: Amazon's Jeff Bezos: The ultimate disrupter - Fortune Management

So, if you're looking at Glassdoor, be sure to add in the Stock portion.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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PNWGuy is right.

The pay scale for support engineers is always lower than SDEs. What's confusing is that PayScale and Glassdoor.com show salary ranges that are well below my current income (for Amazon, for that role). If that's a true representation of what Amazon pays, then why would they want to move forward with the interview process?

They want move forward with the interview because they though you are interest in the Job?
Most people don't look at the based salary. Stock option is the reason why people join amazon. If you worked for amazon 10 or even 5 years ago even at low level, you are rich now.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:56 PM
 
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amazon doesn't actually give stock options anymore. like a lot of tech companies, it's all RSUs (restricted stock units) now.

i think most people like RSUs more because there is no longer this risk of being "in the money" vs "out of the money"...
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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The CEO makes $82,000. That's hilarious.
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