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.
- Amazon / Mgmthq2yomamaStressful, absolutely. Toxic, not in my experience. It can be toxic if you let it get to you too much.
- Google / EngOJqG17It 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.
- Varies team to team. Africa has a high crime rate, but go visit Nairobi and you will see how friendly people really are.