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AMD Salary Negotiation Guide

Do we like negotiating with AMD?

Recruiters at AMD are not as open to negotiating, and we sometimes find that they make claims like "offers are non-negotiable". However, that is not the case and an AMD salary package is negotiable, even if the increases are not as big as we see at Facebook or Amazon.

AMD's compensation structure

  • Base Salary
  • AMD Equity Package (see AMD's RSU vesting schedule below)
  • AMD Signing Bonus (not included in all AMD offer packages)
  • Annual Bonus

AMD equity used to vest over three years. However, in early 2022 they made a change to adopt a more standard 4-year equity vesting schedule for most roles and locations.

AMD performance bonus targets

AMD’s performance bonuses are pretty standard and we have outlined some of the target percentages for specific SWE levels below:

  • L5 – 8%
  • L6 – 10%
  • MTS – 15%
  • SMTS – 19%
  • PMTS – 22%

AMD's approach to remote pay

AMD's pay bands do differ based on geographic location (i.e. expect lower comp if working remotely in a low cost of living area). The company offers a mix of remote and in office roles. The location/remote flexibility of the role is usually dependent on the manager and the team’s need.

AMD's relocation package

AMD does offer a relocation package and they are often on the higher end of the industry. Mid-level roles can clear $30K for moves within the US. Interestingly, relocation packages at AMD are negotiable, which is less common at other large companies.

Most negotiable component

AMD’s most negotiable component is equity. Base is the hardest to move and certain teams have lower base salary caps than others even for the same role/level. Signing bonuses can be negotiated but the top end of the range is lower than at top paying companies in the industry.

Does AMD require written offers?

The recruiters at AMD don’t usually require proof of offer when negotiating but can request details regarding the offer like location, breakdown, etc.

Will AMD go above band if I have a strong competing offer?

AMD is not very likely to go above band. That said, you should of course still negotiate as you may be leaving money on the table with compensation bands regularly changing. Additionally, we have seen AMD up-level candidates with strong leverage, which completely changes the comp picture.

Is my hiring manager relationship important at AMD?

At AMD most of the negotiation is conducted by recruiters and with a centralized comp team. Still, it is always beneficial to have a strong relationship with your hiring manager.

What does the hiring process look like at AMD?

The hiring process at AMD is different for every role. For a software engineering position there are typically three stages: phone screen with recruiter, onsite interview, and offer stage.

Does AMD pay well compared to Nvidia?

Nvidia tends to pay much more than AMD. Let’s compare an AMD software engineer salary in 2021 to the equivalent level at Nvidia. AMD MTS top of band compensation is around $230k while at Nvidia, at an equivalent level (IC4), the top of band is $335k.

What kind of benefits does AMD offer?

AMD's benefits are middle of the pack compared to other tech companies (much worse than Google but better than Amazon). AMD's equity and signing bonus should be the focus of your negotiation, and we don't find it effective to negotiate benefits with companies of this size.

AMD Equity Vesting Schedule

Year 1
25%
Year 2
25%
Year 3
25%
Year 4
25%
Year 5
25%
Year 5
%

AMD Levels

AMD Level

SWE II

Senior SWE

MTS

Senior MTS

Principal MTS

Fellow

Senior Fellow

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Equivalent Level at Google

L3

Between L3 and L4

L4

L5

Between L5 and L6

L6

Between L6 and L7

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Coming from a non-FAANG background, I was shocked to find out how much I could be earning. Before I signed up with Rora, I made the mistake of telling Amazon my current compensation. Thankfully, Rora knew exactly how to fix it and ended up getting me an offer that was 2.3X what I previously made and more than $600K higher than Amazon’s initial offer!

Through several weeks of interviews, Ganesh was always available to make sure I knew what to say for each conversation. I interviewed with start ups, Google, Facebook and Amazon and was really impressed that Rora knew the comp ranges and were able to give me tailored advice for each – even the start ups.

There ended up being two particularly complex moments in my negotiation. One of the start-ups I had a personal relationship with and I wasn’t sure how it would affect the negotiation. I like that there was a focus on my individual circumstances and that they were leveraged to get me a higher offer. The other situation is that Amazon made a mistake on my written offer and initially wouldn’t rectify it. Ganesh was able to guide me through a challenging conversation to get it resolved.

Steve Commisso
L7 Principal Software Engineer, Amazon

Thanks to Wilson and the team at Rora I got a ~$250K increase on my remote Facebook offer! I was initially worried I wouldn’t have much leverage because Facebook reached out to me, and I wasn’t interviewing anywhere else. Rora introduced me to an Amazon L7 recruiter and helped me get that process started. I didn’t even end up needing to finish the Amazon interviews, since we were able to use some early compensation conversations to justify our numbers to Facebook.

At one point I was also considering pushing for an E7 role, and they wrote up a great script for me to broach the subject with my recruiter. She ended up giving me the option to do an additional interview to be considered for the higher-level position.

The whole process was very smooth, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use the service for any future negotiations. I found the regular calls with Wilson where we walked through strategy and discussed the scripts to be extremely helpful. Not only did it help with this negotiation, but I also learned a lot of useful negotiation tactics that I’ve already started to use in other situations.

Chris Jones
E6 Software Engineer, Facebook

As an engineering leader with decades of experience and having now gone through the negotiation with the team at Rora, the only thing I can say is — get the help. Whether you realize you need it, or even if you think you don’t. Just because you have done well in engineering doesn't mean that you understand the tactics and limits of the recruiting process.

Rora helped me get a $200K increase on my original Facebook offer without any competing offers.  It was clear that Rora was deeply familiar with Facebook's negotiation playbook. I’d honestly give the experience an 11/10.

In addition, Rora guided me on how to get the position switched to a revised remote role which was a huge deal at a personal level. They showed me how to redirect FB’s questions so that I could explore the possibility of not relocating, without ever having to say no to my original offer.

E7 Hardware Engineer
Facebook

This is my first FAANG role and I'm so happy I worked with Rora (thanks again Annie!) for the negotiation. My goal was to increase my Google offer, but I was in a tricky situation where I only had 1 other interview (no offer yet) at a small startup. With their guidance, I managed to get a $240K increase on my Google offer, despite Google's policy of requiring cross offers in writing to justify an increase.

The mock negotiations were a big part of why I was able to get this increase. Going into the negotiation, I assumed the key factor was what to say but I quickly learned that how you say it is equally if not more important. This was clear when over the course of the call"no" turned into "I'll see what I can do" and eventually"I think we can make this work". A big part of this was also having someone with me on the calls to provide real time guidance. This took a lot of the stress out of the situation. I can't recommend this team highly enough!

Andrei Gorbushkin
L5 Technical Program Manager, Google

After receiving several job offers, I needed to make a decision within a few days. I wanted to make sure I was getting the best offer possible, so I decided to use Rora. I was very pleased with their service. My coach, Sameer, was well prepared and had information about what compensation increases were likely possible. He provided detailed scripts covering a range of scenarios, and he did practice negotiations with me that helped me feel confident when I had the actual conversations.  

With his help I was able to increase one offer by $45k per year plus get a $50k signing bonus and then use that to increase my offer from Square, which was my first choice. All throughout he was very responsive as I was dealing with some tight deadlines and looking to wrap things up quickly. Rora's fee was only a tiny fraction of the increase they helped me negotiate, and even though they would have made more money if I had taken the highest offer, Sameer always put my goals first and never pressured me to do so. I highly recommend Rora!

L6 Software Engineer
Square

My friend introduced me to Rora and I’m so glad they did. I initially did some calculations to see if working with them would be worth it - my final increase ended up being ~3x higher than what I had estimated to be possible!

Their data is much more accurate than anything I found online. Without Sameer's guidance, I would have never known (and would have probably been too nervous) to ask for >$800K for anAmazon L7 offer. Of course, it's not just not enough to throw out a big number, you also need to be able to justify it. Sameer guided me through negotiating an up-level at another company, which I didn’t even know was possible at my level. With their scripts, I was able to leverage my competing offer to get exec approval for my Amazon offer. They also knew all the tricks Amazon would play (e.g., assuming 15% stock appreciation) and exactly how to counter them.

My total 4-year compensation increased by $570K. I don't think I've ever had a higher ROI – I’m very thankful that this service exists!

L7 Principal Software Engineer
Amazon

Maximize your AMD Offer

AMD

has a unique set of negotiation policies. If you don’t have experience negotiating with them, you risk losing out on large amounts of money because of very small mistakes.

There are many of these rules you need to know to get the highest

AMD

offer possible.