Being SDM at Amazon

Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
Aug 3 24 Comments

What is the typical day to day work of a Software Development Manager at Amazon outside of people management?

YOE: 12
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  • Facebook / Eng
    C. Atlee

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    City and County of San Francisco, Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG), Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys
    BIO
    Born in India, Former Fratstar, Current 10x Engineer
    C. Atleemore
    You must put at least 20% of your ICs on PIP each year, preferably ones who joined when stock was high so they can be replaced at lower cost
    Aug 3 8
    • Bose
      newbie10

      Bose

      PRE
      Salesforce
      newbie10more
      No it’s not that strictly enforced
      Aug 3
    • Amazon SirLamorak
      It’s not 10% on PIP. It’s 10% on dev list. That’s not the same thing.
      Aug 3
    • Amazon i9ju7u
      So 6% forced to quit, 4% endure hell and degradation on dev list. Actually in some orgs it's been raised to 7.5% forced out
      Aug 3
    • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
      OP
      If the org is continually growing and they need more people do they still have the 6% mandated?
      Aug 4
    • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
      OP
      Also, what is a dev list??
      Aug 4
  • Bose
    newbie10

    Bose

    PRE
    Salesforce
    newbie10more
    It’s very metric based and cult like . You need to be ready to throw ur team under the bus to survive .
    Aug 3 4
    • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
      OP
      I would never do that to my team. Does it happen more so often because of the tight deadlines or bad planning?
      Aug 3
    • F5 Networks RRA
      Both. And the point about metrics is very true. Amazon is really into metrics. If you don't have numbers that tell a story then you don't have a story.
      Aug 3
    • Amazon i9ju7u
      If you dont fire someone under you, senior management will fire you instead

      This company is heartless. We only work here when rejected by other FAANGS
      Aug 3
    • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
      OP
      Ohh boy that doesn’t sound good. Anyone on PIP during the performance management is essentially out?? How much time does an employee at Amazon have to recover from a PIP?
      Aug 4
  • F5 Networks RRA
    Firefighting.
    Aug 3 1
    • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
      OP
      can you be more specific?

      Did you work at Amazon or are you currently working at Amazon??
      Aug 3
  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    Beat the team up with 2 different LPs everyday, coincidentally it takes a full week to go through all of them
    Aug 4 0
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    Roll in at 9, punch out at 5, that’s the plan!
    Aug 5 4
    • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
      OP
      That’s definitely not what I want to do
      Aug 6
    • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
      OP
      What is the usual expectation from the team? I definitely want to help out my team wherever I can
      Aug 6
    • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
      You totally missed my pop culture reference.
      Aug 7
    • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
      OP
      I only know it’s from the Simpsons. I can’t relate how it applies here though lol
      Aug 7
  • Capital One / Mgmt wakandap
    OP
    Thanks guys, appreciate y’all honest opinions. I am still trying to understand what is their day to day activity like other than people management?
    Aug 4 1
    • Google topCon
      Everyday you have to drink a gallon of Kool aid and spout off LPs like it's gospel.
      Aug 4