Government employee to Amazon employee. Advice?

New BBear
Mar 12 16 Comments

I have been a government employee for the last 10 years. I obviously enjoyed good job security and benefits but the pay wasn't as good. I may have the opportunity to take a job at Amazon with a decent pay raise. This would be a non tech Incident management role (probably L5). Is the culture at Amazon really as bad as people say it is? I don't mind working hard and doing some longer hours but I also don't want to leave the government only to be miserable, never see my family, and possibly get fired for no reason.

Did any of you face the same dilemma? How did it pan out for you? I'm assuming there are good teams as well. How do I know if my potential team is one of those? My potential team is full of former government folks. I'm hoping that would make a difference.

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  • Yahoo / Eng
    wills

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    willsmore
    Sir. You need to get past the fear of getting fired and be like "fcuk it, I will find another job." Otherwise, stress will destroy your brain, sleep, happiness, health, and relationships.
    Mar 12 2
    • New BBear
      OP
      So is your recommendation that I go big and take the Amazon job, realizing that I can always get another one if it doesn’t work out?
      Mar 12
    • Yahoo / Eng
      wills

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      willsmore
      That's how I live. It's a personal choice.
      Mar 12
  • Amazon ˙ ͜ʟ˙
    Unlike government jobs, you'll be expected to "perform" and go beyond what you're just told to do.
    Mar 12 5
    • New BBear
      OP
      Understood. Believe it or not, I already do this for the government voluntarily.
      Mar 12
    • Amazon ˙ ͜ʟ˙
      Great! Come on over.
      Mar 12
    • New BBear
      OP
      I’d love to if you can assure me that the reports of the Amazon culture being toxic are overblown.
      Mar 12
    • Yahoo / Eng
      wills

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      willsmore
      We can discuss how you define toxic culture. Some people like it.
      Mar 12
    • Twitter DkoN38
      Some people like toxic culture? I've never in my life met a single person who likes toxic culture. I would imaging that even the perpetrators of a toxic culture don't enjoy having to work within that environment and probably do so as a means to survive, albeit what an idiotic thing to do. OP, please don't listen to this obviously toxic person.
      Mar 12
  • Amazon OTdS88
    Team dependent. Some teams are a complete shitshow, some are great. You can switch fairly easily if you end up in one of the former
    Mar 12 0
  • Microsoft 4;2@&fda
    Were you Software Engineer in the Govt sector? Which department did you work for?
    Mar 12 5
    • New BBear
      OP
      No. I am a physical scientist for DHS. I’d be doing an incident management role at Amazon.
      Mar 12
    • Yahoo / Eng
      wills

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      willsmore
      What is incident management here? I'm curious.
      Mar 12
    • Intel gdhdhjkk
      How does one go from being a physical scientist to an incident manager? Are they both fields of software I didn't know about?
      Mar 12
    • New BBear
      OP
      I’ll give you specifics in a PM.
      Mar 13
    • New BBear
      OP
      Incident management deals with handling bad actors within the supply chain. Figuring out how to fix the problem and then making policies that keep it from happening again.
      Mar 13

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