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Do lower tier companies avoid candidates that worked at top tech companies?

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Entry-Level Software Engineer [SDE 1] at Amazon2 months ago

Hi all. Got laid off from Amazon in April and still looking for a job (I know :/). I don't get any interviews with lower tier companies but I get interviews at top companies. Do you think that lower tier companies avoid me because I worked at Amazon and they know that I would leave when I get an offer from a top company?

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    Entry-Level Software Engineer [SDE 1] at Amazon
    2 months ago

    I was also laid off from Amazon in April and am still looking. In my experience, I don't find this to be the case because I have been interviewing with both smaller and larger companies. Similarly, I do find it harder to get interviews at smaller companies unless I have a connection and personally reach out in some way. Note that many of the smaller companies I have interviewed for are geographically located near where I live so I believe that might be a factor in them deciding to interview me.

    My recommendation is to only worry about the things you can control (I know, it's really hard :/). I'm active on Taro so feel free to message me if you want to discuss how job searching has been since Amazon layoffs. Take care.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    2 months ago

    This was sometimes the case when the economy was good but definitely not now.

    In the "good ol' days", I saw companies purposefully not go after FAANG engineers as they knew couldn't compete on compensation, both with their current TC and the TC they would get when they inevitably got a better, competing offer. It's not fun being a training dummy/negotiating chip, and let's be real: That's what lower tier companies were to FAANG engineers during those times.

    However, I have never seen this happen in the current economy. A job is almost always better than no job, so companies everywhere are coming out of the woodwork right now to hire FAANG engineers at bargain prices.

    ... they know that I would leave when I get an offer from a top company?

    Everyone knows that software engineer tenures are short. In the US, the average stint is between 1.5 to 2 years. It's trending downwards too as Gen-Z and millennials tend to have less company loyalty compared to older generations.

    If a lower tier company hires a FAANG engineer today, they will probably get at least 1 year out of them given that the market still sucks and interviewing tends to take a long time. That's not a bad deal.

    Also, obligatory reminder that company "tiers" are subjective and ultimately not that important. Find an environment that works best for you. Check out this thread to learn more: "What is a Tier-3, Tier-2, or Tier-1 Company?"