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May 27, 2018 90 Comments

People say that your experience at Amazon varies greatly by the team you are on. Can anyone share Amazon product teams that are good and ones that should be avoided?

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  • Amazon Ougkfgjjh
    Don’t join amazon if you want a peace life
    May 28, 2018 4
    • Amazon Limp
      I am chilling on my couch, trees green, flowers in bloom, deers grazing, birds chirping, peacefully overlooking the water of pleasant bay down the hill. I disagree with you.

      Shit... my Roomba just started. There went my peace.

      Remember the OP is asking specifically about this. If your team sucks then give that advice. Generalizing definitely doesn’t work at Amazon. I am super content.
      May 28, 2018
    • Amazon Ougkfgjjh
      I gave my opinion... you can give yours
      May 28, 2018
    • Amazon Limp
      Sure, but providing feedback for your reason is always valuable. What team do you work on? How do you feel about your own contributions? Where are the problems?

      Obviously you don’t have to add value to the comment, that’s your choice. It does little to persuade or inform otherwise.
      May 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      Your opinion is objectively wrong though, which is his point, because there are teams that have amazing WLB. Tell the OP what team you’re on, so they don’t make the same mistake you made.
      May 30, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    AMz007

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    AMz007more
    Amzon work life balance is terrible. More over amazon is trying to scam people with part time engineer. Basically same work with half the pay. Please beware of this part time job and work from home. The work is always 18 hours. F*** they don’t let me sleep.
    May 28, 2018 9
    • Amazon Limp
      Well that sucks, AMz007 - it sounds like a toxic chain. While these things do tend to work themselves out, it is usually at the detriment of lower level employees. I would highly recommend you seek other internal jobs (give Amazon a try under a good boss), bring your information to HR (escalate above your HRBP if they don’t listen), or last-resort enter the open market.

      I don’t want to patronize you, but if you got hired here then we wanted you. Our goal as an organization should be to retain qualified (re: LP) employees. I’m sorry you are in a bad leadership chain, see if escalating to the HRBPs leadership will help and keep me posted.

      I would recommend before going straight in, write an email to your HRBP and be direct with a CC to his/her manager. Explain your worries and the concerns, remember that individual contributors are net-net more valuable than people managers.

      People managers are required to run an organization, yes, but they are more easily replaced than ingenious and creative IC.
      May 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Product
      ERNo54

      Amazon Product

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      Cummins
      ERNo54more
      Have had similar experiences here...and more often than not these end in the employee being squeezed out..I was put on the least effective rating to block me from moving and then put on a dev plan which was doomed from start. The judgement of work was not on technical quality but on how it was presented in a doc, did I have 2 and or repeating words in same sentence. Did I use present perfect tense in the doc....that is my feedback in the sham called dev plan..I will recommend getting on the open market to have leverage before you escalate....
      May 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      AMz007

      Amazon Eng

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      Amazon
      AMz007more
      Thanks my ERNO54 friend. Amazon is toxic as fuck. It so toxic that the present perfect tense for toxic is Amazon work culture. Do you know my team mate. She had a miss carriage dude to toxic work. I have seen it all all. Yes f*** She was crying when she lost her baby dude to toxic work culture.
      May 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      What. It’s time to change teams friend. I work from 10:30 to 4 with an hour lunch. WLB is the best I’ve had yet.
      May 28, 2018
    • Amazon squak
      a lot of s**t going on in Amazon, mostly because of the fu**ed up culture.. they treat employees like s**t. a lot of racism happening.. I hate this place
      Apr 23
  • Amazon / Eng Joff Bezos
    Prime Now is one of the best Amazon orgs. It's known for its work/life balance, great morale and top tier tech.
    May 27, 2018 1
  • Amazon / Eng Dr Strange
    Avoid AmazonBusiness. An engineer jumped off the building because of the toxic management.
    May 27, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Other Maddy2018
      Isn’t that too old news now
      May 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Dr Strange
      No, same toxic environment. You just don’t see it in the news.
      May 28, 2018
  • NASA / Eng
    o3n

    NASA Eng

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    SpaceX
    BIO
    Software developer and system administrator working in the aerospace industry.
    o3nmore
    I recently took a job working for AWS. Came in with a little over five years experience. I was very apprehensive about working here based on Glassdoor.com reviews and first hand accounts I received from friends and colleagues.

    During my interview process, I grilled everyone on work life balance and always asked what they hated most about working at Amazon. I was pretty satisfied with the answers and decided to take the plunge.

    So far I really like it here. Work/life balance is great. My team is very chill. Manager is super cool. I can Telework almost anytime I want. Free beer on tap, nerf gun wars, and ability to bring my dog to work.

    YMMV. There are teams within my building that are overworked. I did a great job of finding a team that wasn’t going to require 10-12 hour work days, but still allow me to grow. I do put in a lot more work than require, but only because I am single, Love my job, and trying to move ahead.
    Jul 1, 2018 1
    • Oracle
      functi

      Oracle

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      Amazon, Microsoft, 500 Startups
      functimore
      You sound very new. Wait until the average burn out time of 1yr and we’ll revisit your comment
      Feb 23
  • Microsoft qbys57
    I was on the content management system for the main retail website for a year and it was terrible. Nothing but on-call tickets and getting paged.

    The next year I was on an AWS Service that was really high in the stack and it was awesome. Really easy on-call and tons of greenfield coding.
    May 27, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Sheesha
    How are teams in Alexa? They seem to be hiring a lot. Is it because of big turnover?
    Sep 30, 2018 2
    • Cisco / Product U there
      😦
      Mar 16
    • Amazon / QA
      ltvf02amzn

      Amazon QA

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      NetMotion
      ltvf02amznmore
      Good team. Lot of learning curve and you get to learn too many new technologies
      Apr 2
  • Capital One / Other Fhchdj
    How are the Devices and Alexa teams? Can anybody share their experiences
    Aug 18, 2018 1
    • AT&T / Product GOFb61
      I have an SDM friend in Alexa and Devices, he says it’s chill, lot of legacy code
      Jun 22
  • Amazon / Eng
    Hooliganss

    Amazon Eng

    BIO
    AWS
    Hooliganssmore
    Sure, most EC2 teams are solid. Twitch-affiliated teams under Amazon are also solid. I have some friends on some infrastructure teams that love their work. Some guys transferred off my team to ML/AI work in AWS and they love their stuff.
    May 27, 2018 0
  • Amazon hSxe66
    Avoid TRX. Last Mile. Terrible Director and the attrition rate is astounding. 4 managers in the last 1.5 years
    Jun 30, 2018 3
    • What is TRX? In interviewing for a LP job within this area in 2 days.
      Aug 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Design Fruitless
      I agree. Stay far away from TRX. It’s a part of Last Mile. I’ve had 5 managers in 1 year 10 months
      Nov 27, 2018
    • Lytx / Eng HDmr56
      What is TRX? Is this team in Seattle?
      Jan 2
  • Amazon jamming
    Avoid database org in AWS. Terrible WLB and high ops
    Jan 30 0
  • Amazon doef18
    Amazon music is pretty good all around
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Anyone knows how it’s like in Gift cards & top ups? Is WLB good? (UK office)
    Looking at Marketing job there
    Jul 19, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Famazon2
    The rising of Amazon is because it went to market earlier and they use people as a devil. Frankly speaking their technology is shit.
    Sep 13, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Eng onMyWay
      Don’t you guys use AWS?
      Sep 13, 2018
    • Oracle
      functi

      Oracle

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      Amazon, Microsoft, 500 Startups
      functimore
      Amazon has one person doing 10things. MS has 10 ppl doing one thing. Both technologies are shit and will soon be lathered over by a hybrid cloud solution. So chill and move on.
      Feb 23
    • All about execution. Not the best ideas or tech.
      Feb 25
    • Amazon squak
      they just take open source and put their sticker on it and sell.. nothing they make from scratch
      Apr 23
  • Cisco / Product U there
    What about Amazon Kindle team vs Amazon Alexa AI/ML ?
    Mar 16 3
    • Amazon dataiq
      Amazon Alexa AL/ML team sucks. People are fighting like vultures to take on good project, trying to bring others down and few managers are picking up shitiest work to look relevant. It is toxic.
      Mar 17
    • Cisco / Product U there
      Wow that sounds terrible, are you referring to a particular location (Seattle) or in general?
      Mar 17
    • Amazon / QA
      ltvf02amzn

      Amazon QA

      PRE
      NetMotion
      ltvf02amznmore
      Both are good teams to be
      Apr 2
  • Amazon / Mgmt rWga50
    Devices / firetv is really good.
    May 28, 2018 1
    • Workday / Eng
      MXQM42

      Workday Eng

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      Symantec
      BIO
      Workday
      MXQM42more
      I got an offer to join Device/FireTV team in Seattle. Is it still good? WLB?
      May 27
  • Oracle
    functi

    Oracle

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    Amazon, Microsoft, 500 Startups
    functimore
    Avoid all database teams in aws. Bad culture and ppl with zero motivation and red eyes
    Feb 23 0
  • Amazon arov
    Teams in NY are great
    Aug 6, 2018 0
  • Expedia Devdevdude
    I had a great experience in digital (Fire/Kindle specifically) for my first couple of years in 2012-2013. After Jeff Kunins came over from Skype to run Kindle, he flipped the org from a bottom-up group (lots of hackathons, great customer-obsession), to a very top-down management style focused on enhancing the bottom line. That team did and does deliver some amazing features, but the internal politics are highly toxic, and many people and features were collateral damage along the way. I bailed after my 4 year stock payoff, and it turns out I was part of a pretty big staff turnover, including the director and several of the most senior TPMs and engineering managers. People I know who are still in the group seem pretty happy, but it was a runaway train of toxicity when I left.
    Jun 22, 2018 0
  • Amazon amzn-eng
    I am in one of product teams at Alexa. Work culture is pretty chill. I think I am lucky to have that in Amazon. I work 10-5 with 1 hour lunch most of the days. So in my opinion it varies. Not so fascinating work but with this team culture I don't mind boring work.
    Oct 27, 2018 2
    • New / Eng EjDf82
      Does the whole team work a similar schedule or did you just decide you don’t need to work 8 hours a day?
      Dec 5, 2018
    • Cisco / Product U there
      What Product team is this :)? Is this Echo, Echo Plus, etc?
      Mar 17