How's Amazon Alexa team in Sunnyvale?

Samsung abKo13
Jul 6 17 Comments

I have recently got offer from Amazon. Could someone please share his/her experience with the team or work there?

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  • Facebook / Eng mturtle
    I worked in Alexa. Really cool, interesting projects. Downside is WLB. Alexa is growing so fast everything is always melting down.
    Jul 6 2
    • Amazon / Eng Yolo!
      Can’t be worse than FB, for real? People tel me FB is a real sweatshop, I’ll take your word tho!
      Jul 7
    • Facebook / Eng mturtle
      FB is as well :). I'm actually leaving next month.
      Jul 7
  • New / IT
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    I have talked to the team. They don’t seem very “gothic” or “gamey” - more white bread. Essentially they are looking for hired hands, not geniuses or scholars. But at the same time not r-tards. Basically average joes who can sling a few bits.
    Jul 6 0
  • Apple / Eng toplad
    Avoid like the plague. Almost all teams here in Sunnyvale have uniformly messed up WLB. Go only if you want to belt out 13 hour days 365 days a year.
    Jul 7 1
    • Samsung abKo13
      OP
      That's scary..
      Jul 7
  • Amazon / Eng firefly123
    Alexa seems to be prioritizing expansion at the expense of engineering quality, and it hasn’t imploded, yet.

    At the same time the privacy shitstorms and whipsawing back and forth to accommodate breaking changes and deprecations from platform teams means there is always at least one probably two fires to put out.
    Jul 7 0
  • Amazon / Eng Yolo!
    Depends what kind of team, Cloud, App, devices etc. each very different
    Jul 7 4
    • Samsung abKo13
      OP
      It's ML team
      Jul 7
    • Amazon / Eng firefly123
      Is it an SDE role? Warning that SDE work in ML orgs is pretty unglamorous. Data cleaning, hyper parameter tweaking, deployment pipelines, monitoring. The real feature work will be driven mostly by Applied Scientists
      Jul 7
    • Samsung abKo13
      OP
      Yes, SDE.. From the description of what I have been told, your description seems to match..and thanks for your input.. :)
      Jul 7
    • Amazon / Eng firefly123
      Fwiw this work can be fulfilling and challenging, and engineering challenges of scale and uptime and reliability apply...but many orgs sell it as “doing real ML” which is only partially true
      Jul 7
  • Amazon wIkP76
    It’s great. What group there?
    Jul 7 2
    • Samsung abKo13
      OP
      That's all I was told. How can I find group information? I know only HM name which I don't want to reveal here :)
      Jul 7
    • Samsung abKo13
      OP
      ML team actually
      Jul 7
  • Marvell abcdefe
    hw or sw?
    Jul 6 1
    • Samsung abKo13
      OP
      Sw. ML team
      Jul 7