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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- 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 15
- 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 11
- 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.
- 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.
- Amazon / Product ERNo54moreHave 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 2
- 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.
- Amazon / Eng Joff BezosPrime Now is one of the best Amazon orgs. It's known for its work/life balance, great morale and top tier tech.
- Avoid AmazonBusiness. An engineer jumped off the building because of the toxic management.
- NASA / Eng o3nmoreI 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.
- Microsoft qbys57I 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.
- Microsoft SheeshaHow are teams in Alexa? They seem to be hiring a lot. Is it because of big turnover?
- Capital One / Other FhchdjHow are the Devices and Alexa teams? Can anybody share their experiences
- Amazon hSxe66Avoid TRX. Last Mile. Terrible Director and the attrition rate is astounding. 4 managers in the last 1.5 years
- Microsoft Famazon2The rising of Amazon is because it went to market earlier and they use people as a devil. Frankly speaking their technology is shit.
- Expedia DevdevdudeI 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.
- Amazon amzn-engI 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.