Amazon WLB: what is bad WLB?

New jwz_hzs
Mar 26 11 Comments

I have an offer from AWS, and I see a lot of talk here about Amazon having bad WLB. I understand it varies from team to team (I saw a Blind comment from someone on Lambda saying he does 10-5, which seems a bit too lax tbh).

I'd like to know if it would be possible for me to do the following things as an SDE2 with AWS's WLB:

1. spend alternate weekends with my SO in another city an hour's flight from where I am
2. hit the gym 3 days a week, read a bit daily
3. take 5 days off 3-4 times a year to do some courses I like, and visit family

(This is a Europe-based role)

Before telling me other negatives, keep in mind:
- I like chaos: I've worked at startups of different sizes, and loved it
- I did 13-hour work days + 8hr weekends for 2 months once, doing two full-time contracting gigs simultaneously - don't wanna do that again
- I did 10-8 at my previous job at a unicorn, including often on-call at 2am. No one asked me to stay though, I just liked it.

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TOP 11 Comments
  • Dropbox systest
    Go to Facebook and actually get rewarded
    Mar 26 2
    • New jwz_hzs
      OP
      You mean in terms of pay?
      Mar 26
    • New jwz_hzs
      OP
      I think salaried pay is all within the same order of magnitude everywhere, so don't want to optimize for that.

      Contracting @ ~200USD/hr while living like a student and saving tons, then reinvesting that money in businesses of friends and relatives and real estate gives you a shot at going up an order of magnitude in pay in the long run.
      Mar 26
  • Amazon / Eng tylium
    More than likely yes. Remote offices tend to have really good WLB. Dont trust everything you read on blind. Switch teams if you dont like your current.
    Mar 26 1
    • New jwz_hzs
      OP
      👍 that's reassuring
      Mar 26
  • SAP $AP
    WLB : Women League Baseball ⚾️
    Mar 26 1
    • New jwz_hzs
      OP
      Do they stream that online
      Mar 26
  • Amazon newgradhel
    If you have an offer, have you asked your manager/future workers? I'm sure they'd want a good fit as well.

    Just curious what's the total vacation + public holidays you get in Europe? I'm only a new grad but i don't think i can take 4 weeks off in a year
    Mar 26 3
    • New jwz_hzs
      OP
      Standard here is 25 days annual leave + 10 days paid sick leave, which Amazon also gives (regulation I think). However, it's quite possible that culture discourages people from taking many leaves even if you are entitled to.

      Do you think it's okay to reach out to my 'lunch buddy' or interviewers to learn more?
      Mar 26
    • Amazon newgradhel
      Hmm i don't think the culture would prevent people from taking leave. That's really abusive imo. I would guess as long as you let your manager know a couple of weeks ahead and it's not during some major major release (happens maybe 0-2 times a year) shouldn't be an issue. Partly jealous at 25 days of proper leave. That's good. This isn't including public holidays though right?

      I would reach out. I personally think it's good for both team and new employee to make sure the fit works. Else he'll move team really quickly which is a waste of money, time, resources only
      Mar 26
    • New jwz_hzs
      OP
      Yeah, 25 is quite good - not sure whether it includes public holidays, but 25 days annual paid leave is what Glassdoor says too. Yeah, I won't be taking days off around releases, and would give long enough notices. I personally don't mind working a lot as long as I get to do these other things I mention either.

      Thanks, I'll definitely reach out to one of them.
      Mar 26