Some background about my experience. I have overall 10 years of experience out of which first 3 years was in Service based company in India and then 6 years at Amazon/AWS and around 9 months at Meta. I got promoted to Sr. position almost 3 years ago and have been working as Sr. Engineer since then.
Since few months before my promotion I am feeling bit burnt out. Promotion came after lot of hard work and honestly the compensation increment was totally underwhelming. So I interviewed and switched and comp increase was really good but I am not liking work culture now. This made me sort of realize few things:
Now I want to get out of this job→money→stress→new job→money→stress cycle but don’t know how. I am planning to move back to India after few months and was hoping to start may be freelancing or some consulting work where I can control my time. I am more than happy to take a pay cut. So I started doing some research:
Now last option for me is to find a job which pays less and have less stress which will be okay. I can most certainly say screw it and not worry about getting promoted. But then I don’t know if that’ll be satisfactory, it’ll be more like I accepted defeat and ducked out of rat race but I still have no direction to go on.
Sorry if this all sounds like a rant, but I would love to have some guidance from people who have been in similar situation. What did you guys do and do you have any suggestions for me?
I can’t answer this fully, only say I couldn’t fit at Meta after a long tenure at Amazon and left after a year.
Boomerang to Amazon with new comp bands will likely get you $500s which I imagine would be commiserate with Meta now. Finding a team where you’re excited there could change your outlook, and you having tenure and promotion there may take some “prove it” pressure off. L5 is debated as terminal, but L6 is unquestionably terminal. You don’t need to stress to get to principal. Your pay may dip into the 400s (or high 300s? I don’t know bands exactly) after initial grant if you’re not getting high ratings, but if you’re OK with that it is likely fine.