I want to know more about Amazon

State Street Corporation zdps
Oct 8 26 Comments

I'm going to start working in Amazon AWS soon. I read a lot of negative posts here and really want to hear anything good and inspiring from Amazonians, because I like the idea of LPs and found interviewers being good and interesting people

Any tips how to fit the team and earn the trust fast? any tips on how to succeed?

I'm 10+ YOE, hired as SDE2. I feel like I might get into some aggressive environment with younger SDE2s.

All Amazon haters and trolls please refrain from using banana jokes. it's just boring.

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  • New qPAa28
    I joined amazon 6 months ago and now on dev list. I think the most important thing is whether you have a good manager or not. People here are smart, company are great, but a bad manager will ruin all of these good things.
    Oct 9 3
    • State Street Corporation zdps
      OP
      Pretty much like anywhere. It's bad that this might still happen in the company with such a thorough interview process, but there is an exit door at least :)
      Oct 9
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Macrostiff

      Microsoft Eng

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      Macrostiffmore
      I actually think Amazon's hiring bar is low, and it is doing the hire and fire thing to get people fast and get rid of the ones that suck. This is bad, but also good because you don't want to work with people that suck.
      Oct 9
    • Apple bogle
      what happened that got you on dev list in only 6 months?
      Oct 9
  • Amazon qwerty529
    Its honestly not that bad. It's a fast paced work environment where people are tossed into the deep end and expected to ramp up quickly.

    You get what you make of it. The company is frugal so no real perks but you'll be surrounded by a bunch of smart people who also have the drive to succeed.

    Low performers tend to be weeded out, but sometimes it really comes down to whether you have a good manager or not.

    I enjoy my job sometimes but other times I'm over this shyte, but comp isnt too bad and I work remote so really cant complain.
    Oct 8 2
    • State Street Corporation zdps
      OP
      I really enjoyed taking to smart people during interview, so I really hope to learn a lot from them, considering I got great experience in the past as well
      Oct 8
    • Amazon pollished
      Best summary of working at Amazon ever given!
      Oct 8
  • Microsoft winnee
    Why... would you join as sde2 with 10 yoe... you will hate your self... what tc did you get? 250? 270?
    Oct 8 2
    • State Street Corporation zdps
      OP
      I'm pretty sure I won't hate myself for joining as SDE2. I see nothing wrong with that, they don't know me when hiring.
      Oct 9
    • Microsoft winnee
      Good. Keep that mindset
      Oct 9
  • Microsoft goddamnit
    All companies have leadership principles. Amazon has 12. Most have way fewer. Just don’t forget to Be Frugal and you’re halfway there.
    Oct 8 1
    • Facebook h2648psj
      12 principles feels like 6 principles too many
      Oct 8
  • Amazon / Eng takeiteazy
    The bad things about amazon is that there’s plenty nepotism and favoritism going in some places.
    Oct 8 3
    • State Street Corporation zdps
      OP
      Oh. That's interesting. Never heard of that.
      Oct 8
    • Amazon / Eng takeiteazy
      There are some things put i place to counter it (in promotion and hiring processes), but human factor always finds a way
      Oct 8
    • Amazon / Eng i7y8tt6
      Can confirm this one. Definitely has a say in hiring and promotion too
      Oct 8
  • Amazon cofkrkf
    Check the Amazon lounge once you start and ask for details there. In the meantime, enjoy any time off between jobs :)
    Oct 8 2
    • State Street Corporation zdps
      OP
      Cool! That's exactly what I'm doing :)
      Oct 8
    • NetApp 8vian
      Amazon lounge, what’s that?
      Oct 8
  • Rover.com / HR looking4rc
    What are banana jokes?
    Oct 8 0
  • Google topCon
    🍿
    Oct 8 0
  • Amazon kha32283
    This is highly team dependent. I work in an awesome team, 10-5 and 3 days wfh. Teams are pretty independent at Amazon and greatly vary. I have heard horror stories from other engineers mostly due to bad managers. If you can find a good manager then I would seriously consider it because there are a ton of bright engineers here and you can do really impactful work, especially in AWS.
    Oct 8 1
    • State Street Corporation zdps
      OP
      I had an opportunity to choose between a few teams and really considered my first impression about manager as part of decision. I really hope I made a right choice.
      Oct 8
  • Amazon / Eng
    AnyReqs?😟

    Amazon Eng

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    Anyone Hire Product Manager :)
    AnyReqs?😟more
    Is this Seattle?
    Oct 8 0
  • Amazon / Eng takeiteazy
    Amazon is a good company. A lot of interesting projects (a lot of boring ones too). But once you got in, you can transfer to a cool one. Company culture really encourages moving between teams every couple years or so.
    Oct 8 0
  • Amazon pollished
    Tc? Im 9 yoe and sde 2. I know folks with 20+ yoe who joined as sde 2
    Oct 8 0

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