Fast track career path in Amazon

New / Sales PEuS18
Nov 16 29 Comments

To all seasoned Amazonians, I've just joined AWS as L4 sales rep. I'm looking to fast track my career by working hard and proving to my team with quantifiable results.

However from what I've heard, results are not the only thing that Amazon/managers look at here.

What would your advice be to someone who wants to expedite his/her career progression in Amazon?
- what are some specific actionable items
- things to look out for/focus on

TC: 135k
YOE: 3.5 years

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  • Jet yupyup2
    Lol. Working hard is what a dishwasher does. You want to be fast? Invent. Take risk. But you’re too low level. So shut up and learn. Look at your total comp. they expect doing not thinking. They expect delivery not delight. To stand out you’ll have to politic. Can you do it? Probably not. Most can’t. Good luck

    I’m an ex amazon exec.
    Nov 16 6
    • Hulu Tell Me
      Yes this!!!!
      Nov 16
    • New / Eng
      AmazonEng

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      This description of successful promos in Amazon could not be better said, even in engineering.
      Nov 16
    • Facebook jSHa71
      This applies to most tech companies not just amazon
      Nov 16
    • New / Eng
      AmazonEng

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      True.
      Nov 16
    • Amazon Tough life
      Aka suck disks 🤪
      Nov 16
  • Facebook / Other
    lovethez

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    If you really want to work hard, don't do it for a company worth billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of employees where you're just another warm body.
    Nov 16 0
  • Google exalt
    Besides delivery and code quality, following are my suggestions:

    - Start working on your promo doc early on.. like 3 months into the company. Try to tick points with every big task..

    - Have at least bi weekly 1:1 with manager and go prepared, don't just stare at him.. looking for a great advice.

    - Be attentive in team meetings... Provide value to the discussions... Leave positive impact on your peers.

    - try to do code reviews as much as possible (in your extra time)

    - Have a good relation with your manager
    Nov 16 8
    • Google exalt
      So provide feedback on the level of tasks / whether work interests you...
      Suggest things in project/ team you want to improve... Talk about the missing factors for the next level... Try to convince how you bridged a gap .. etc etc

      It is a time where you can increase the visibility of your work and yourself. Also let him know indirectly that you are moving/ready for next level..
      Nov 16
    • Google exalt
      Also try to have some visibility at skip level... It helps a lot.. your manager basically has to convince your skip level.

      If skip level has a positive opinion of you, things pretty much clear out.

      How that's done... You need to figure out. :)
      Nov 16
    • New / Sales PEuS18
      OP
      Thank you so much, your advise is extremely helpful!
      Nov 16
    • New XoAY48
      @exalt, skip level visibility. Will managers take it positively? one of my ex-manager prefers people to work and die for her. She visibly hates if one of her team members talks outside her kingdom(even a friendly talk). She used to pip top talent if she senses they are growing. Not all managers care about your promotion. Unfortunately, What's in for them? - should be answered. ’Good for the company or you are more talented than one level above’ -- won't work with such managers. What's in for them?
      Nov 17
    • Facebook / Other
      lovethez

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      Why didn't you pip the manager?
      Nov 17
  • New / Sales PEuS18
    OP
    Sensing lots of hate towards the company haha
    Nov 16 1
    • Facebook / Other
      lovethez

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      Not hate. I work at Facebook and just do what's expected, nothing more. If I wanted to work really hard and have a fantastic career, I would do it at a startup that I believed in or at my own company.
      Nov 16
  • New / Sales PEuS18
    OP
    It's 70/30 split in AWS.
    There is also RSU & cash bonus too
    Nov 16 0
  • Workday uWwW25
    Just wondering, what’s an L4 sales rep? Is that a mid market AE?
    Nov 16 3
    • New / Sales PEuS18
      OP
      Yeap!
      Nov 16
    • Workday uWwW25
      How is the sales culture? Are you selling AWS?
      Nov 17
    • Workday uWwW25
      I hear the sales culture is competitive but has a good work life balance. I’m aiming to transition out of engineering into sales tbh
      Nov 17
  • New / Sales PEuS18
    OP
    You have to consider the location as well
    Nov 16 0
  • Amazon YjMX46
    This TC sounds like demand gen and not a sales rep role.
    Nov 16 0
  • Workday uWwW25
    Usually base+commission 50/50
    Nov 16 0
  • Amazon / Eng twofinger
    whats the tc breakdown for sales reps? was always curious
    Nov 16 0
  • Facebook public2
    Get a fast pass.
    Nov 16 0

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