So here I've only read about how Amazon is worst company to work for (especially in FAANG), be it any random post or poll. It feels torturous and I feel too demotivated with a L5 offer in hand. Apart from pay & stocks, can someone please point out good things in Amazon? Because I've never heard of them.
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- Google m6r4Pay is really good compared to non-FAANG. Incredible products. I bet people get shit done for the most part. I'm sure that they have a strong engineering culture. Never worked there, though.
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- Amazon azmixOur tech stack is simpler than Google’s, products are less polished than Facebook’s, but it seems that we are able to define the right set of problems to solve for our customers and solve them fairly well. As in any other company, there are pockets of goodness and mediocrity. People who found the right fit for themselves, stay there for years. I’ve just met somebody today who worked on the same team for 11+ years. As an L5 you might have a ton of influence on technical decisions and implementation, and on how your team operates. Most of the problems that engineers solve do not have industry analogs primarily due to scale requirements. Even in Retail we have some interesting problems to solve...
- Dematic / Eng Larry CookFor starters What’s the offer like? Many times when people complain about a job or a role they are speaking from their own perspective.
Let me give you an example - if you are a fresh grad and you get into a big company and you get paid well and have tons of benefits while your friends aren’t doing so well. Even if your work sucks to an extent you might feel good about it when you hear them complain about their work.
This is different from when you have a lot of experience and you have worked for a bunch of companies each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Money is good but not that relevant because now you have a family and kids and wlb is more important to you. Things change with time and so does your perspective for a company. It’s totally possible that two people doing exact same job might have very different experience at the same time.
No company is perfect and every company has its own challenges. You have optimistic people and you have pessimistic people. A lot of factors. Some love to put it 80 hours a week, some complain for 45. Don’t fall into the trap about people just giving a binary answer on a poll. Ask for specific reasons and see if you can work with those.
Also very hard to answer a question without your total years of experience and total compensation offered and the team you got chosen for.
Different teams have different issues. Some have bad wlb.. some don’t have a good growth in the long term etc.
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- I really like product at AWS fwiw. The engineering leadership is also good in general. It's way different than is was five years ago too. I love my team. Very collaborative, working on a challenging business.
- There's not much that's good about working at amazon. A lot of the good parts will depend on which team you are on. But it's impossible to tell if a team is good or not if you're an external hire.
About the only good thing I could say is that having amazon on your resume will look good. I've found that it means you get an interview for every job I've applied for.
- Amazon / Eng WfPI23Good things might be related to team: since lack of people you essentially got exposed to larger bigger projects than your scope, so more areas to grow. Interesting projects, people are generally not too cocky or have big egos. Working in some buildings you get better views or cool decorations....
Otherwise... perks wise... not much to say. You got free bananas as many as you want...
- Amazon / Eng jNeo42The only good thing at Amazon is luck of the draw: you might really like your teammates and have a social camaraderie (misery loves company!), or not. And even if you have the former, it may decline rapidly due to reorgs and attrition. That’s really about it. I personally get a kick out of the knowledge I gained regarding the business, but no one I’ve met since cares at all. I thought people might be curious as to how Amazon merch gets to them, but they’re not. Worse is that I thought I’d pique the curiosity of fellow engineers who never worked in a big shop: they couldn’t care less. One person did ask me about my team and what it’s like to be in such a place, but that’s it.
- New yhHkl78Pros and cons of working at Amazon: