Yep, I drank the Kool-Aid at Amazon in 2001 for a year, six figures. Never made quite that much again but it sure did help on the resume. And no, I won't go back there no matter how many head hunters call me. At least I was able to use that flush to buy a house in 2001 that we sold in 2007, walking away with $160k to out right own the house I live in now away from the city.
I ended up working for a French aerospace firm with killer benefits, fully paid healthcare, four weeks vacation, matching 401k, but lower pay. I also don't have to commute to downtown Seattle everyday, just from Tulalip Bay to downtown Everett. One of the major reasons that I have stay with my company is when my wife died back in January they were very supportive. Sent flowers and a card signed by all the managers, five weeks off, don't worry about it, anything we can do to help? Loyalty and truly caring about a co-worker is something a bigger paycheck just doesn't match. They will have to pry my cold dead fingers from my ergo-metric chair.