AWS - Being an AWS employee and an AWS partner, at the same time.

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Aug 14, 2018 15 Comments

Having a little trouble trying to beat my ethics here. My company is an AWS partner, and I'm afraid of answering to Amazon emails (i.e. account manager ).

Since it's a small company, no one else have the expertise or tech knowledge in order to get involved with AWS topics with customers, other than administrative tasks. As the sole owner, it's a something between being self-employed with occasional outsourced admin assistance.

Hell, I've been even invited to re:Invent and to special private training events.

Should I notify my manager?

Should I participate in a session in which I or a colleague would be the presenter?

Should I approach one of AWS customers knowing that my company could supply their need? Should I let customers know if they are the ones approaching us?

I can't seem to find anything in the contract that prohibits it so.

In case you ask, I received an offer, and since I would be having more income through this job with AWS, I decided to accept it.

Besides the increased income, and new contact ecosystem, I'll be in a better position to understand how AWS works in terms of - if they would be a good option for an upcoming project related to cloud. I know the guys are the big ones, but it's OK to recognize that Microsoft also has their own loyal Windows-based customers, which would be the majority of consumers of that new project.

What you guys think?

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  • Amazon / Ops
    Insomzonia

    Amazon Ops

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    Once called a “low IQ, low TC, low status Amazonian” and possess 1 RSU vesting 2101.
    Insomzoniamore
    Wtf are you talking about
    Aug 14, 2018 4
    • New mutt
      OP
      Jack is the owner of Company A.

      Company A is an AWS partner.

      AWS offered a job to Jack, probably without realizing Jack is with a partner.

      Jack accepted the offer.

      Now, he is on a position in which perks, account management, private training, etc, are being offered to Company A by AWS.

      Sometimes Jack participates in that offerings.

      Company A is on a position in which it can take advantage from AWS customers' needs. Jack would like to take care of those needs through Company A.

      Got the picture?
      Aug 14, 2018
    • Amazon / Ops
      Insomzonia

      Amazon Ops

      BIO
      Once called a “low IQ, low TC, low status Amazonian” and possess 1 RSU vesting 2101.
      Insomzoniamore
      Conflict of interest. Avoid. Also, you can’t work two full time jobs.
      Aug 14, 2018
    • New mutt
      OP
      No shit, Sherlock.

      Please don't wear down yourself trying to elaborate further.

      It's something I would not be comfortable living with.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Amazon / Ops
      Insomzonia

      Amazon Ops

      BIO
      Once called a “low IQ, low TC, low status Amazonian” and possess 1 RSU vesting 2101.
      Insomzoniamore
      Your username fits your pedigree bitch
      Aug 15, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng onMyWay
    Is an AWS partner an AWS employee? I’ve only heard of potential issues with employees actually employed by AWS itself
    Aug 14, 2018 4
    • New mutt
      OP
      No. The partnership is with a company.

      In this case, it happens that I'm also part of that company while working for AWS.
      Aug 14, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng onMyWay
      So you are a blue badge employee under AWS? If so, I’d be careful what you do as far as conflicts.

      If you’re green badge/contractor/partner you’re probably fine.
      Aug 14, 2018
    • New mutt
      OP
      Thanks.

      But in today's interconnected world, what really isn't a conflict?

      Successful people appears on boards of other companies all the time.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng onMyWay
      I’m just basing it on internal docs. They specifically mention blue badge employees.
      Aug 15, 2018
  • Google AWASU7
    Good way to be black balled. why risk it
    Aug 14, 2018 1
    • New mutt
      OP
      Black balled as a partner or as an employee?
      Aug 14, 2018
  • New / Eng
    OGP

    New Eng

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    CTO, Programmer
    OGPmore
    Do it
    Aug 14, 2018 1
    • New mutt
      OP
      Sounds like a good advice. Let's make up some substance for it.

      How?
      Aug 15, 2018
  • Amazon wFOC46
    That's absolutely a conflict of interest. You have access to privileged information as an AWS employee that gives you a competitive advantage. I'd be surprised if your employment contract does not forbid any other employment. Pick one.
    Aug 18, 2018 0

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