Amzn/Msft Describe your career move:

New / Eng palindrone
Aug 28, 2017 16 Comments

For employees who have switched between these two giants describe who you switched to and how thats worked out for you by choosing an option in the poll.

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  • Roku / Eng
    pro

    Roku Eng

    PRE
    Amazon, Microsoft
    promore
    MS is too slow in comparison to AMZN. Complete waste of time. Ended up moving to a startup.
    Aug 28, 2017 1
  • Microsoft wanacry😢
    its not surprising. more go to amazon net because of growth. but proportionally people happier at ms because less cut throat.
    Aug 28, 2017 4
    • Microsoft kristoff
      Same. That's why I moved over from Amazon for sure
      Aug 28, 2017
    • Amazon •••
      After I finish this year, I think I might try to hop to MS or Google. I'm really exhausted of ruthless businesspeople and cutthroat politics
      Aug 29, 2017
    • Microsoft / Sales
      Gal Gadot

      Microsoft Sales

      PRE
      Microsoft
      BIO
      No politics, but open to talking about religion. Married two kids.
      Gal Gadotmore
      I thought Leadership Principles ruled everyone's behavior? Is that bullshit?
      Aug 29, 2017
    • Amazon •••
      Leadership principals mean whatever the highest rank at the meeting says they mean that day
      Aug 29, 2017
  • New / Eng palindrone
    OP
    Interesting results so far. I wonder why theres so many going from ms to amzn. Always thought it would be the opposite
    Aug 28, 2017 3
    • Microsoft / Eng Random001
      Many ppl left ms for amzn and then left amzn for other companies within a couple of yrs. amzn is just not a good employer for many.
      Aug 28, 2017
    • Amazon's 2-year vest doesn't help. Amazon is in the "jangle the keys" mode, desperate to keep people's attention off their organizational and operational gaps.
      Aug 31, 2017
    • Microsoft kappan
      I'm considering this because Microsoft is too slow. Like, I'll come back when I'm looking for a retirement home.
      Sep 30, 2017
  • Amazon fnuLnu
    In order of responses:

    M>A +
    High Capacity Performers

    A>M +
    High Potential Performers

    M>A -
    Slackers??

    A>M -
    Slackers / culture shock. ??

    ????
    Aug 28, 2017 0
  • Microsoft Friederich
    Amazon is growing more, so they're hungrier and spending cash. I've heard stories from all sides of this question. Some people love their move (in either direction), some people hate it. To be successful in a big company, though, you have to stick around. If you're just wanting to put in your time, then by all means move. If you want to move way up and get some real responsibility, probably best to move around within your current company. Of course there are exceptions. Best to look at your specific situation.
    Aug 28, 2017 1
    • Microsoft dodwwwz
      How does moving around in the same company help you get more responsibility?
      Aug 28, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng FqLm12
    IMO, I got a lot of responsibility very early on in my career at Amazon, and that led to WAY more learning than I thought I'd ever get. Whatever success i reaped from my first project cemented me into a role where I can take on projects I find interesting if I can deliver, and a lot of that has to do with earning trust and really thinking deeply about leadership principals.

    I first thought the LPs were BS but they actually aligned my actions with my peers, and it's good that everyone believes in basic tenants at a big, fast moving company.

    I don't think this is the only way to run a company, and I don't think I'm learning much in terms of quality as much as quantity at Amazon (part of a new initiative team, so we learn as we go rather than learning proven methods from a successful products). However, I think for an early career move, Amazon is great and I couldn't really have asked for better support after learning the ropes for the first few months
    Sep 2, 2017 1
    • Roku / Eng
      pro

      Roku Eng

      PRE
      Amazon, Microsoft
      promore
      Completely agreed!
      Sep 2, 2017