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Old 07-08-2014, 06:41 PM
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the CIA contract is old news...that was last year.

if you are a software engineer with security clearance...you're in high demand.

i don't think amazon pays less than most places in the seattle area. i think it's a YMMV.

all public info...brian valentine recently retired from amazon and he was hired in 2006 as an SVP. he got a salary of $150k, a signing bonus of $1.7m in year 1, $500k in year 2, and 400k shares of stock to vest over 6 years. 400k shares today is worth $130m and the stock has been down for most of the year...i don't think brian valentine was underpaid at making on average $20m+/year? even at 2006 prices, his stock was worth $16m over those 6 years...not bad for an exec.

on the other end of the spectrum, according to glassdoor, an SDE I entry level with 0 years of experience makes on average...$100k base + $20-$30k in stock/bonus. i don't think that's less than most places in the seattle area. that basically means that there is nobody in engineering who makes less than 6 figures...

i know that when i worked there i got a pretty nice bump from my previous salary. amazon works hard to make sure that their compensation is at the upper end of the scale to attract the best talent from around the world.

...it's also a good resume booster.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:12 PM
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How important are references? Do most references get called?
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:35 PM
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references are a formality. i actually don't know why they still make you submit references since anyone can name 3 people they have worked with who will vouch for them. it's a useless data point.

my only guess is that every so often someone is stupid and they put down a reference who doesn't vouch for them and this becomes enough of a red flag that references don't pan out and the person doesn't get hired.

but in general, references are not important unless you happen to know jeff very well and put him down as your reference...
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Old 07-12-2014, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by RVD90277 View Post
go ahead and email your old recruiters.

typically they want to wait 6 months to interview again but if you at least made it to an onsite interview it means you were a decent candidate so they would want to have you try again probably.

amazon is always hiring and always desperate to hire people who meet their stringent hiring bar.
Thanks a ton!

Also as an aside, I was browsing jobs and saw they now have program coordinator positions (or I hadn't noticed a few years back). Anybody know what that is, exactly? I can't find a salary range on glassdoor or experiences in that position. They seem to vary even with the same title so was just wondering (ex: at Microsoft business administrator positions are said to have no growth and have a bad stigma). Just curious as a few seem at my level (4-5 years exp with a Masters) with job duties I'm familiar with and some seem a little under (1-2 years experience) with really vague duties ("strong organizational skills, dependable, self-motivated" etc).

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Old 07-16-2014, 11:52 AM
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Just to help others- In between my last couple of jobs I have applied for numerous positions on the Amazon jobs website. I never heard anything back in general from going about it this way. Now, my wife and I are looking to relocate to Seattle, and I found a job on the Amazon board that I am very qualified for- 10 years of experience in the exact job. I took a different approach this time. I refined my linkedin profile, made a concise 1 page resume, and made sure the two matched. I then found a current Amazon employee in the department that I was looking at who was 1 connection away from me on LinkedIn. I connected with him, and he got my resume to a recruiter. At the same time I paid for 1 month of Premium LinkedIn which allowed me to send 3 "Inmails" to Amazon recruiters. I believe this is what got me the first interview. I was contacted just a day or so later by the recruiter who is in charge of the category I want to work in. We scheduled the standard 45 minute interview and got through it in 15 minutes. I am working on a degree (going back to school online at nights), and one of the requirements for this job was a degree. I asked if that would disqualify me, but he said if I was to be disqualified he would have done it. Just got an email for the second interview next week with people from the department I am applying to. Hoping it goes well!
Bottom line is that you can find recruiters and get faster responses on LinkedIn- use it as a tool!
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:00 PM
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Agreed with the above post.
My husband was approached via LinkedIn by Amazon recruiters, which is how he got his job at Amazon.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:11 PM
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Default Shall I consider it as denial?

I had interview with Amazon last week in a hiring event, haven't heard anything since then. Online status says under review. is there any hope left that I may still get the offer?

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Old 07-21-2014, 07:28 PM
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I was actually here for a similar question: is there a difference between "submitted - under review" and just "under review"? I have a mix of those two statuses for jobs I applied to.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:53 AM
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I don't know the answer to the "submitted under review" thing but I would say that for folks who want a job at Amazon, go ahead and reach out to recruiters on linkedin. You have to remember that it's their job to get people hired...their performance is directly tied to the # of people that they bring into Amazon that are hired every month so they want you to get hired as much as you want to get hired.

Of course they also don't want to be a recruiter with a really bad hire percentage so if they look at your resume and think you won't make it through a phone screen / onsite you'll get cut.

But rest assured, all of your goals are aligned here.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:47 PM
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Been reading these boards for a while! Very appreciative of the wealth of information shared on this site. Received my offer letter today. 3 phone screens, onsite last friday, offer the following wednesday. Applied to the job via LinkedIn. The job I applied to actually said "submitted not selected," but 2 other jobs (The same job, different job number) were added to my profile. The one I was actually in the runnings for changed to "under review," and the other said "submitted under review." After I accepted the offer, it changed to "accepted contingent offer."

Hope that helps!
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