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Fresh hire - still in probation - but have just been headhunted for a role at a large video games company. Pay matching. Role looks way more interesting and culture is much more chilled but isn’t Amazon. Take it or stay? How much does Amazon really accelerate your career?

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Did you get an offer yet? There's a lot of merit to being at Amazon but the culture can be a bit intense on your soul in the long run. If I were you, I would take the role at the large video company. I don't think having Amazon on your resume is the end all be all for your career. But at the end of the day, you want to do what makes you the most engaged and is most beneficial to your career!

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Thanks for the input. I did get the offer already. Have the weekend to decide. My biggest fear is exactly that, “that Amazon on your resume is the be all and end all”. More and more people have been advising me that’s not the case (including you), but I think I’m also swept up in all the new joiner Amazon hype at the moment too. I had Amazon in mind to launchpad me to better things after a few years of experience because I figured I’d never be THAT senior given the size. This video game role day-to-day would be a lot more interesting and engaging for me.

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I think that FAANG can be great for your resume of course, but the tech space deals with so much constant evolution that not having that isn't a dealbreaker. Honestly if you can get a better experience out of the competing offer, you might end up with more concrete skills, so it's certainly something to consider as you don't want to take the FAANG role for the hell of it and then end up under skilled for your YOE.

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