Amazon A9 work culture

Nokia / Eng yappaa
Apr 2 15 Comments

How is the work and office life at A9, in the Palo Alto office? What work do interns there generally get?

Does it have a startup culture or is it similar to Amazon? Does it have a similar frugal nature as Amazon? Is the pay scale different from Amazon?

Do you have a cafeteria for (paid) lunches? Gym? Any other benefits?

No tc and 0 yoe. Sorry.

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  • Amazon HouseBezos
    I've been here for almost 2 years. It's great but there's a lot of issues I personally face.

    1. Some buildings suck. The 2 Lytton buildings near the Caltrain are the best. The other 2 suck.
    2. Too much growth. In 2 years the team+org quadrupled.
    3. Good wlb...but you don't get paid extra for oncall like G or FB. Sometimes work can be a pain.
    4. Compensation model is not good long term.

    We have good things like our own "cafeteria" with snacks but you need to buy your own lunch. There are monthly social events. There's parking that can be expensed and downtown PA is prime area.
    Apr 2 5
    • Nokia / Eng yappaa
      OP
      Awesome! I have no problem with paying for lunch, as long as I have an option to.
      The compensation model you described, is the same as Amazon, isn't it?
      Any idea what the SFO24 building is? And why do some buildings suck?

      When you say good wlb, how is it different from amazon otherwise?

      Any idea what kind of work interns get there?
      Apr 2
    • Amazon HouseBezos
      Strong performing interns are treated like Kings. They will have a lot of lunchouts and will get to work on exciting high profile projects...weak ones will still have work but we won't be too enthusiastic.

      It's way more relaxed compared to what I read on Blind.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon HouseBezos
      Some buildings suck because architecturally they don't make sense. They are also small..meeting rooms are also small.
      Apr 2
    • Nokia / Eng yappaa
      OP
      Thanks a lot man, really appreciate it.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon HouseBezos
      Np
      Apr 2
  • New wpgme8e
    I interned there last summer. Wlb is generally decent, most likely better than amazon.

    I worked on distributed systems but quite frankly I didn't find my project that interesting. Ymmv.

    Cons:
    A9 pretty much lost everything unique to it. When I was there, they got integrated back into amazon. PTO got worse because it became Amazon's. Pay structure is pretty much the same as amazon. They do pay new grads slightly higher than amazon in the bay area.

    Palo alto is expensive and just getting a decent lunch requires at least 13 bucks. No cafeteria so you need to eat at the local restaurants. Snacks and drinks went downhill and is meh, but better than just bananas at amazon.

    If you had to join amazon I would recommend a9 but there are obviously companies that pay better and treat their employees better without all the frugality bs.

    Let me know if you have any questions
    Apr 2 4
    • Nokia / Eng yappaa
      OP
      HouseBezos said there's a cafeteria and you need to buy your own lunch, so I assumed you buy your lunch in the cafeteria.
      What kind of a project was it? Experimental? Were you the only one working on it? Was it shipped to production?
      It's an internship and the other offer I have is vmware. The A9 teams seem much better than the general Amazon ones.
      What uniqueness did A9 lose after the integration?

      Thank you! :)
      Apr 2
    • Amazon HouseBezos
      Overall I agree but snacks are the same. And I don't think PTO changed due to California law. I specifically asked this question to my director.

      The cafeteria is more like a lounge where you buy food outside and bring it back to eat with coworkers.
      Apr 2
    • New wpgme8e
      When I was there, the coconut water got changed to the bottled version, which tasted absolutely disgusting. And you could tell because when they restocked it, barely anyone would drink it.

      The old a9 pto was 4 weeks starting and a bit over 5 after a year. Now it's 3 weeks starting and 4 after a year.
      Apr 2
    • Amazon / Mgmt pE4/z1-u
      PTO did not change, just swapped a fixed holiday for a 3rd floating one.
      Apr 2
  • New wpgme8e
    My project was a prototype and it got put into production. If it's vmware vs a9, I would probably go with a9. Smart people there and you'll learn a lot. Hiring bar might be lower now because they need to do amazons dumb leadership principle. I think new grad tc this year was 165-170k.
    Apr 2 3
    • Nokia / Eng yappaa
      OP
      That sounds great..I'm inclined towards A9 as well. Do you have any idea about the breakdown of TC for new grads? If it's a part of Amazon, and people get hired there through Amazon, how could the pay be possibly different?
      Apr 2
    • New wpgme8e
      How did you get an offer from a9? When I interviewed last year, they had a separate hiring pipeline than amazon. 2 phone interviews with the second one being with the manager of the team you would be joining.

      If you got into a9 through Amazon's generic 2 oa + 1 virtual, there's a pretty good chance tc at a9 will be similar to Amazon's.
      Apr 2
    • Nokia / Eng yappaa
      OP
      It was through the same Amazon internship pipeline.
      Did you get a return offer from them for full time?
      Apr 2