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Is Amazon culture stressful or toxic?

New ip00
Dec 5, 2018

Been re-reading the NYT article on Amazon culture, since I like to freak myself out.

One thing I can't figure out is AMZN culture more stressful or more toxic?

Stressful = Demanding/challenging job, requires more than 40hrs/week, high standards and quality, moves very quickly, poor WLB, etc.

Toxic = Lots of bad politics like backstabbing and sabotaging, let's kick him while he's down mentality. The NYT article did mention how Amazon encourages employees to badmouth colleagues to managers - that's an example of toxic environment.

So which is it? Would love to hear from current and ex Amazonians.

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  • Microsoft / ProductTacoBoss
    Both is the right answer
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Definitely stressful. The environment is designed to take as much as possible from you as soon as possible.

    You will also meet some toxic people from time to time.
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Amazon / Mgmthq2yomama
    Stressful, absolutely. Toxic, not in my experience. It can be toxic if you let it get to you too much.
    Dec 5, 20181
    • You are into mgmt ;) your opinion would be ignored mostly
      Dec 6, 2018
  • Google / EngOJqG17
    It depends on what level you are joining. This definitely stressful. However, if you are joining as SDE2 or SDE3 it's gets more toxic. Promo to SDE3 is hard because you are rated on 2 dimensions; your SDE skills and leadership skills. As leadership skills are quite subjective so you have to constantly lick your management ass.
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Amazon SPJix98rd
    Stressful for sure.
    Dec 6, 20180
  • Amazon 123raj
    Why is there no option for BOTH?
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Amazon / EngIAmJob
    Varies team to team. Africa has a high crime rate, but go visit Nairobi and you will see how friendly people really are.
    Dec 5, 20182
    • New ip00
      OP
      That's true, but cultural factors do set the template or baseline for acceptable behavior and practices
      Dec 5, 2018
    • Amazon / EngIAmJob
      When a company is that big, each org has a subculture. Most toxicity comes from bad directors and senior managers. Our higher leadership is not toxic, we have the best CEO and SVPs in the world.

      If you stay clear of the bad orgs, you'll be fine.
      Dec 5, 2018
  • New / EngJohnMacP00
    Add more options:
    3. Both
    5. None
    Dec 5, 20181
    • New ip00
      OP
      Intentionally did not want a both option...
      Dec 5, 2018
  • Microsoft avR
    Microsoft is toxic
    Dec 6, 20180
  • New / EngJohnMacP00
    @123raj why you so much hate Amazon. Find other options :)
    Dec 5, 20180
  • Boeing / OpsSgH73
    How many years ago was that..
    Dec 5, 20180

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