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I have made a checklist of everything I need to do before going there. Feel free to add to the list
- Napkins for the times I will be crying at my desk
- Hepatitis shot since I will be crawling through junkies and hobos to get to work
- A MAGA hat for the times I feel suicidal so I just put it on and walk in down town Seattle
- Hemorrhoid ointment since I’ll be sitting on my ass 12 hours a day
- Some books to balance the old wobbly half broken computer desks
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer to sanitize the used keyboard I’ll get
- A man purse?
What else? 🤔
Current TC: 160
TC at Amazon 190
- This is not about bashing Amazon or any. New job in a competitive environment is stressful for anybody especially for the first year.
For the things you need to prepare for to do well at Amazon or any new company:
1. Get familiar with Linux if you were Windows guy
2. Go to AWS and start free trial, explore. You may not have time to learn about these if your job is busy yet they expect you to know all these things.
3. Read blogs about Amazon engineering (eg Vogel).
4. Visit the area often so you get familiarized with transportation and where to eat etc.
5. Sleep as much as you can. This will prepare your body to endure pressure and stress.
6. Collect all the good stories about Amazon so you feel good (which will relieve your stress at the job).
7. Collect all the horror stories about other companies so you don’t feel too bad when things go south.
8. Exercise during weekdays since you may not have this time once you get there.
9. Start dating if you don’t have a partner. You may not have time for looking around or making yourself attractive. If you are under stress, it will be hard to give good impression.
10. Make friends or connect more deeply with existing friends so you have someone you can vent with.
11. Find a daily stress reliever that is not too addictive. Casual gaming or learning new hobby. Skiing will waste too much of your time. Weight training will exhaust your body. Walking while listening to podcast or light running or playing an instrument or indoor soccer/basketball or tennis might be better.
- These are all very good advices. Thank you I needed them. I am more than stressed I’m terrified. But one of the main reasons I’m leaving is to find more interesting and challenging work to grow. I’m at the beginning of my career and don’t want to rest and vest at Microsoft.Dec 52
- If you are at the beginning, I think Amazon is one of the tops. May not be a good place for people with kids but since you are not the case, you can ignore lots of complaints about Amazon.
Prioritize work wisely. Don’t try to do everything. Also when things don’t work as expected, don’t get too stressed. Everybody has a down time and it happens frequently. The difference is whether you got hung over there or move on and get over. I don’t mean switching jobs. I mean to say forget about hard feelings and keep continuing to work smart and well.
Don’t be a perfectionist. Lots of successful people are due to luck such as being at the right place and at right time. But it doesn’t happen if you are not ready.
Amazon can give your good work ethic which will translate well when you move to other company as well.
Based on your witty post, I think you are a smart person and have a bright future. Good luck.Dec 52
- According to the poll about PIP, Blind users responded 1 out of 3 who spent two years or less got PIP. So be prepared for what to do if you happen to belong to the statistic.
Considering that, here is additional list:
1. More leetcode
2. Scheduling for the interviews (Google if you didn’t fail recently).
3. Remind recruiters that you may want to start seeking for job in 6 months. No need to inform you are moving to Amazon.
4. Don’t screw up the current job in case you want to come back.
5. Connect with colleagues over LinkedIn
- Amazon hDDb11You should be ok, I had the same fears as you but things are over exaggerated outside. One shocking thing I had after moving out of msft (after 8 years) to here was how you get feedback both from management and peers - it is straight at you, no beating around the bush (which is good imho). If you messed up you know that people are not happy, be ready to face it. And secondly some teams live by the LPs, if you go to such a team you have to drink the kool-aid. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I hate it when they go over board with the LPs. Btw, this is only on the aws side. I don’t know retail