Do people at AMZ/FB/Goog really have 60+ hrs/wk of work to do ?

Microsoft probchild
May 19, 2018 37 Comments

I've honestly been coasting for more than a couple of months now - to the point that i feel bad collecting salary.. obviously am currently interviewing..

Funny thing is, I was promoted recently to L65 - and to be honest don't think I did anything spectacular to earn it.. maybe a month or 2 last year where I might have spent say 50+ hrs a week and sent a couple of long emails over the weekend..

Am in one of the Azure groups - so good visibility.

But I want to know from folks at Amazon/Facebook/Google/Netflix/Oracle (companies I've interviewed with not all of which I received offers from) - how regularly do you guys put in 50-60hr weeks ? Also is it really "work" or more of looking busy attending meetings and writing email ?

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TOP 37 Comments
  • Cisco Johnndoe
    You get promoted not because you put more hours, but because you provide more value.
    May 19, 2018 7
    • New baQn60
      Well i would guess there has to be up to a certain point. You can’t put in 1 hr a week for example...
      May 19, 2018
    • Amazon 4amazonian
      Obviously. It’s called diminishing returns. We landed on the notion of a 40hour work week for a reason.
      May 19, 2018
    • New baQn60
      It’s not always the case that our current way of doing things is optimal
      May 19, 2018
    • Cisco Johnndoe
      Its not about doing low value things optimally, its about doing high value ones...
      May 19, 2018
    • VMware BobbleHat
      I got my biggest raises when I was only working max a couple hours per day.
      May 19, 2018
  • Google Jhgghppppp
    In my experience people who complain about working 60 hours a week are exaggerating and usually super inefficient. I work for 35-45 hours a week. Had only a few months of 50+
    May 19, 2018 2
    • eBay sudo
      Amen to this
      May 19, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      Yup
      May 19, 2018
  • Google quora_TW
    There's a saying at Google that there's always an infinite amount of work to do. Whether you work 40 hours or 60 hours this week, there will still be an infinite amount of work left.

    No, it's not typical to work 50-60 hour weeks.
    May 19, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Mgmt Lamport
      Pretty much the same at the Amazon end. There’s always more to do. You time box it and prioritize. I work about 40-45.
      May 19, 2018
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    • Google / Eng Neopets 😍
      Took the words right out of my mouth. People always think more is better in this case...
      May 20, 2018
    • Intel / Product wazzupyall
      Neopets!! Dang I couldn't remember how many hours a day I spent back then just playing neopets LOL
      May 20, 2018
    • Google / Eng Neopets 😍
      So long as you got dat omelette.
      May 20, 2018
    • Intel / Product wazzupyall
      Omg and getting free soup til i got bloated lol good ol' days :D
      May 20, 2018
    • Intel / Product wazzupyall
      Do ppl still play neopets these days?
      May 20, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng nTUL61
    SDE3 (promoted at Amazon), didnt work more than 40h weeks when getting promoted.

    I was extremely efficient back then however.
    May 19, 2018 1
  • Amazon
    takla_

    Amazon

    PRE
    Microsoft
    takla_more
    Quality not quantity... 30-35hrs more than enough
    May 19, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      Top SDE 2

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      500 Startups
      BIO
      Rock the world
      Top SDE 2more
      This!!
      May 19, 2018
  • Visa shaolin
    Coasting since 2015, just doing the needful.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng Neopets 😍
    Why do you use “am” instead I’m? No wonder you work so long
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Twitter Hvg
    It's a bit sad to work 60 hours. I've never pulled an all nighter, never worked more than 45 hrs in my life. Did well. Work smart and balance work and personal development.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Facebook hfnavfdkk
    real work.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng Qnyv15
    Honestly it depends on your career level at FB. If you are an IC5 it’s pretty easy to cruise and just stay there. If you want promoted, you have to basically do everything right, drive something totally new, and not piss anyone influential off. Hard to do on 35 hour weeks. At the IC6 level or above you are expected to drive multiple things like this. It feels very much like “engineering management” at other companies but without any real authority. If you want to get promoted from IC6 and above you have to be well liked and not just be good/work hard. But same time you aren’t going to get promoted on 35hour weeks.
    May 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon Flows
    Fuck no. I’ve been in one of the big companies since the 90’s. I’ve averaged about 35 hrs/week. Maybe 2 stretches a year of 50-60 hr weeks, but only when I’m excited about the work and I stay up late coding because it it fun.

    Work smarter. The value of the output is what matters. Yes you can put out more with longer hours, but picking the more high impact output is a better move.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Amazon 4amazonian
    My first two years at amazon I commonly worked 50-60, by choice, because I was gunning for a promotion. Now I’m much closer to 40.
    May 19, 2018 3
    • Amazon shammer
      Did it work?
      May 19, 2018
    • Amazon 4amazonian
      Yes
      May 19, 2018
    • New / Eng MsQuine
      From/to what level was the promo?
      May 19, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng L6SDE
    I usually work around 35 hours per week unless there’s something super interesting that has my attention.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Google jet1
    Do you mind sharing you salary? Comparing with other companies doesnt make sense unless we know where you are coming from.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Other Fahrbfjbr
    Yes at Amazon you will definitely have more than 60 hours of work a week to do. As to whether you do it all however, or find a way to be efficient instead, is up to you. Plenty of people work closer to 40 hour weeks.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • CrowdStrike WWzj13
    Coasting means you aren’t spending enough time helping your team.
    May 19, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Product
    rUCK Fules

    Amazon Product

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    rUCK Fulesmore
    2 weeks a month are 50+ hrs . Thanks to all the meetings
    prog manager here
    May 19, 2018 0