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 crookHate 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.
- Amazon / Eng QVHz54I'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.
- If you have a Microsoft friend have them read some of these from blind:
- To help here's a copy paste from one:
"I am a L65 white male about to switch teams internally. I have interviewed with multiple teams and have been told each time that since I don't fulfill Microsoft diversity requirements for L65+, there is a mandatory waiting period for them to extend an official offer. (Interviews all went well, and they have reported back to me that the feedback was all positive.)
What are the diversity requirements? Is it just a mandatory waiting period if you're white and male? For teams with urgent role fulfillment needs, that sounds like a huge disincentive to hire someone like me. And how is this legal? I thought *all* races and genders are considered protected classes."
So by this story seems you have a pretty good chance as a woman. Which is fortunate for us, but unfortunate for the systemSep 21, 2018 2
- Like this:
https://medium.com/@wilreynolds/which-of-my-kids-is-black-enough-to-count-in-your-diversity-metrics-88a728b76b25Sep 22, 2018 1
- 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.
- 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 8
- 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).
- Amazon / Eng Am A BotI’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.
- 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.
- Amazon Asdf12It 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