Amazon women

Microsoft Omega8764
Sep 21, 2018 38 Comments

Is Amazon a good place to work for a women. I’m negotiating an offer and it felt like that it may not be a favorable place for women. I also know the team does not have any other women - I specificities asked during interviews. Can anyone please share your experience. This is Amazon Alexa team.

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  • Apple crook
    Hate this sort of questions. It is just an engineering company, not a US army or MMA fights or anything like that. By default every engineering company treats men/women/LGBT/etc same - it is written in their job description. Equal opportunity employer.
    Sep 21, 2018 5
    • Microsoft Dhshshdhd
      +1 Yes i hate this bullshit
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon ()7()
      Lmao “of course everyone gets treated equally, because we say they do”
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Microsoft Omega8764
      OP
      Gender bias is very real regardless of what people who haven’t experienced it says. I used to think like you when I was younger. I asked this question here because of a specific behavior I noticed for a question I asked.
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Apple crook
      Let me put it this way - in my nearly 20 years if experience in >6 companies I didn't notice any bias. Now while that doesn't mean that there is no bias in some shithole companies, Amazon definitely doesn't belong to that list.
      Sep 22, 2018
    • Panasonic Avionics
      Tac0s

      Panasonic Avionics

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      Embedded systems. Full stack. PM me. 😌
      Tac0smore
      I wish the people would actually follow that.
      Sep 23, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng QVHz54
    I'm a woman with a family. It totally depends on the teams. I've worked in two different orgs and I personally have felt like my experiences are comparable to what I've seen at other tech companies.

    It's isolating since I'm usually the only woman on my team and people occasionally say things that I feel are microaggressions, but I take ownership of both those things and try to improve them because I don't feel they are unique to Amazon. I have several female mentees and I call people on the microaggressions immediately. While it's unfortunate that these things are issues, they aren't Amazon issues.
    Sep 21, 2018 8
  • Amazon no-on
    Not a good place for a women who may have a family or planning to have one. Heard so many bad experiences and worse is the discrimination is passive aggressive. Most of the moms I knew left amazon for a place that had more empathy.
    Sep 21, 2018 5
    • Facebook 1+1=10
      Some internal FB posts also reflect the issues; where new moms were treated poorly and managed out due to laziness, low performing (compared to pre-pregnancy output) etc. I am not a woman, but look having a baby and growing the career ladder won’t co-exist for most.
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon no-on
      Glad your mom didn’t think that way before you were born else you wouldn’t have been here. Glad I don’t work for FB, another bunch of people who lack empathy and are dead inside.
      Sep 23, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng
      O7Y

      Facebook Eng

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      🐣
      O7Ymore
      To be fair, some of the women posting internally also took all 4 months of parental leave then complained that the company needed to have a policy for remote or part time work only to support parents. :)
      Sep 26, 2018
    • Amazon no-on
      Do you know how vulnerable and tiny a 4 month old is ? Do you know how hard breastfeeding is and the recommended minimum is 6 months? Do you know how painful pumping really is? I am sure you haven’t thought about it. It’s easy to point fingers when you are not on the receiving end. 6 months is a paid maternity leave by law in a lot of countries. The maternity leave rules are a joke in US and so is the empathy of the people working here.
      Sep 26, 2018
    • Facebook FireMinded
      Pay for performance remember. Empathy doesn’t win the marketplace. There are competitors competing with us 24x7 to bring us down. We cannot burden ourselves with empathy at the cost of performance and impact.
      Oct 6, 2018
  • Microsoft aWhy60
    what level are you in MS?
    Sep 21, 2018 5
    • Google / Eng IITian
      She will loose anonymity if she tells us this. There is hardly any woman at Microsoft 😂
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Microsoft aWhy60
      Only if the level is 70+
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng yayssa
      Get over yourself. My team of roughly 20 engineers has 38% women and our org of 600+ hovers around 30%.
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon lkhfag
      Microsoft wlb is awesome. Most of my female friends work at MS because of that.
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Microsoft Omega8764
      OP
      L64
      Sep 21, 2018
  • Amazon lkhfag
    I'm a woman, but at a different org than Alexa. I've worked in two orgs and honestly never felt any different behavior from the teammates and managers just for being a woman (if gender discrimination is what you're concerned about).
    About the workload, it totally depends on the team. If the team has customer facing services then you can get paged at 2AM. Also forget about the Christmas holiday.
    Maternity leave is also only 16weeks (if you have been at Amazon for at least a year).
    Sep 21, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    anaya👏🏾

    Microsoft Eng

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    CTO of ECorp
    anaya👏🏾more
    You better off with Microsoft. With our forced diversity quotas you will be on fast track promos and never lacking good bonus. I don't think Amazon works as hard on diversity as us
    Sep 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Am A Bot
    I’m a male engineer with female mentees, some of whom I helped get promoted this year. There are some obstacles to overcome but if you can deliver and earn the trust of your colleagues you will be fine.

    It spends on the role too. For L6+ engineers, there is a dearth of women. TPMs, PMs, and other tech roles have more. Amazon has tons of women who are non-tech though.
    Sep 22, 2018 0
  • Amazon McKenzie
    I think it really depends on a team. Request informationals with team members and try to gage their personalities. Also if you have an offer from Amazon you can request going to another team if you don't think it's a good team fit.
    Sep 21, 2018 0
  • New Neww
    Location?
    Sep 21, 2018 1
  • Amazon / Eng HalcyonOn&
    look to see if the org has any female SDE IIIs or higher. my org has lots of women in SDE I and II, and a handful of female SDMs but i feel like it is damn near impossible to find a female mentor removed enough from my team to be impartial ... because there are so few women in senior technical roles.
    Sep 30, 2018 0
  • Amazon Asdf12
    It depends on the team. I'd look for MSFT or school alums within the org (ask a friend at Amazon to look them up on PhoneTool and pass along names) and ask them for their honest opinions. My old team was honestly horrible, especially for women... It led to an investigation that resulted in inaction because the HRBP and director were close... So not even collective HR action will help in that case
    Sep 23, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng CYvv54
    Don't expect any special treatments because everyone is expected to pump out work work work.
    Sep 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon Day123
    I worked in Alexa for about a year. DM me if you would like to discuss the details. Alexa is a large org so if you can share some details, I can provide insights. Goodluck!
    Sep 21, 2018 0
  • Microsoft DOyu71
    I'm not sure it's a good place for anyone...
    Sep 21, 2018 0