Is joining Amazon really worth it for first line manager?

Square JackDorsey
Apr 13, 2018 20 Comments

Recently got an offer from Lab126, high base high sign on. However all these horror stories from Glassdoor and quora scares the hell out of me on how people think about amazon and Lab as a whole. Seems to me as a sweatshop with 0work life balance and no growth.

Is that really true or how much variance will my mileage vary per each organization? Since this is a first line manager job can I influence the team and culture to be a better work environment / place?

Thanks

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  • Amazon pBvK83
    You will not be treated like a person and you will deal with all the shit that runs downhill and you will get thrown under a bus when it goes side ways.
    Apr 13, 2018 0
  • Amazon myamz
    I'll repeat what Jeff said as a response to the few years ago new York article, if people are not generally happy they can just leave? Amazon has so many success stories by all measures and many many people are happy and staying ther . This probably tells you something. Yes , there are other unhappy or burned ppl too either due to not good orgs or high ops load. But this is probably the same in every company. As usual you only hear those complainers because others are just getting the work done.
    Apr 13, 2018 2
    • Amazon Tksxus3
      This is the exact altitude making Amazon so toxic.
      Apr 13, 2018
    • Amazon I-666
      There are happy teams with great wlb for sure!
      Apr 13, 2018
  • Amazon Tksxus3
    Is it really high enough for the toxicity you have to deal with every day? It's the company culture that employees have little value.
    When your VP/director flushes shit downwards, there's just so much you can do for your team.
    Apr 13, 2018 2
    • Square JackDorsey
      OP
      Thanks for the honest feedback. During interview Director was really trying to get me and saying those lucrative speech as freedom for the team and growth etc. I found that to be not super genuine at all. However the offer package seems to be in part of 15% increase from my current package.
      Apr 13, 2018
    • Amazon Tksxus3
      Seriously people even consider Amazon for 15% increase? I have seen Amazon HM saying whatever lies to get people in, opportunities/growth etc. And don't forget constant reorgs you probably have little to no influence on as first line manager.
      Apr 13, 2018
  • Amazon OTdS88
    Depends 100% on your team and manager. My time here has been reasonably tame but it is definitely not a rest and vest kind of place. I had all the same doubts and just decided to go for it and it worked out ok. I consider myself a hard worker but definitely not a type-A workaholic.
    Apr 13, 2018 0
  • Amazon ChooChoo
    There are bad teams, and there are great teams. Just like any other large company. My experience has been awesome.
    Apr 13, 2018 1
    • Amazon Tksxus3
      I have yet to find any good team at Amazon. People act so hostile towards coworkers in mailing lists and blind #amazon
      Apr 13, 2018
  • Amazon Themanisme
    Depends on team. Turnover in large parts of the company has actually seriously reduced. There are tough teams too, but there are less of those too. Poor tksxus3 is sad and is trolling.
    Apr 13, 2018 3
    • Brocade rwang
      Between, can you post nunbers here?
      Apr 13, 2018
    • Amazon Didurud3
      That's obvious a lie judging by how big the orientation is becoming.
      Apr 13, 2018
    • Amazon ChooChoo
      I work in a 800+ org. Our 2017 attrition rate was under 6%, below industry average. It’s easy to understand how the NHO is growing bigger: the company is growing rapidly. Just see the total number of employees year over year. That is public information you can obtain from annual reports.
      Apr 14, 2018
  • Qualcomm lookfwd
    Offer details please?
    Apr 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon Fliddle.
    I’ve had a great experience here. Really. And I worked at MS and startups and other companies before.
    For a long time amazon employees were not allowed to post on networks like Glassdoor so the only thing you got was disgruntled ex-employees. That changed like a year or so ago.
    Apr 13, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    Ben Dover

    Amazon Eng

    BIO
    The more flexible you are, the deeper your understanding
    Ben Dovermore
    Lab126 has a good bit of horror stories. What I heard was they have insufficient resources to do the job assigned but despite missing and failing, they achieve more per resource than say, Apple or Google Nest.

    That sounds to me like a sweat shop.
    Apr 13, 2018 0
  • Amazon mrgibson
    Be careful, lab126 had some unexplained layoffs last year, then hired a bunch again right after. Not sure if this went on the news.
    Apr 13, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    Hooliganss

    Amazon Eng

    BIO
    AWS
    Hooliganssmore
    I’ve had a fantastic experience at amazon, though I have heard some stories about lab126
    Apr 13, 2018 0
  • Oracle / Eng facegle
    People use AI to generate reviews and make it look like they have many users. Follow your heart homie.
    Apr 13, 2018 0

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