Is working on Saturday a general trend in Amazon

Amazon QKwD48
Oct 11, 2018 34 Comments

Hi anyone from Amazon.

I am going to join Amazon next month. I am currently worried about work life balance at Amazon.
One of my friend told he goes to office for work on Saturdays as well. His whole team comes on Saturdays.
I am just wondering is this a general work culture at Amazon specially at AWS?

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  • Oracle docx
    This thread makes me sad. I don’t remember when was the last time I worked 40 hours a week. It has been always below 40.
    Oct 11, 2018 2
    • Vertivco / Eng
      Fast Papua

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      Fast Papuamore
      That is why Oracle is falling out of town.
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Oracle docx
      True man. Enjoying it while it lasts
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Amazon 💬??
    It is not a general work culture. The company is very inconsistent in this, mostly dependant on different teams.
    Oct 11, 2018 2
    • Amazon 💬??
      To clarify, I meant inconsistent with the amount of work. I haven't seen people coming in on Saturday. If any work had to be done on Saturday, I don't see why it wouldn't be done working from home and on your own schedule.
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Amazon QKwD48
      OP
      It’s common for a person to come and work on Saturdays just to reach at his goals. I am more concerned as a team culture😓
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Amazon / Other
    BitRabbit

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    BitRabbitmore
    If I don’t work in the weekend, I would get fired. But it is completely optional. :)
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • Vertivco / Eng
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    Fast Papuamore
    We usually don't leave the building. Last time I exited the campus was in August.
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Facebook Jtxdei
    Look at the bright side, you get to wfh on sundays
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng UFIX54
    My ex team at amzn had mandatory sat and sun work days for years in early AWS days. You had to use vaca days on weekends (even that meant a comment from your manager about staying on track)
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon awssdm
    My team works seven days a week consistently. More in crunch time.
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon Bcksoans
    Worked 7 days 8am to 10pm for the last several weeks
    Oct 11, 2018 2
  • Amazon / Eng ahole
    It's usually a choice, not a requirement. With all the empire building going on, most teams are over staffed and fighting for work. Moving teams is always an option if your team is on death march.
    Oct 11, 2018 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      Email jeff.bezzos@amazon.com for monocle to move you around.
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng McTonald
    Yet people from Amazon insist Amazon has good WLB. There are teams with good WLB but there are much smaller percentage of them in Amazon. That means you could be in a team with good WLB but there is greater chance you will go to a team with bad WLB compared to joining other companies.
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng KHCr70
    4 years, 2-3 weekends worked.

    Evenings are different though
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon mzyQ25
    If you are in aws its re-invent season. Depends on team. I am in aws for 5 years. Would have worked 10 satx totally. All from home.
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon Dhdyejdhah
    Can be very hit or miss. Or seasonal. My entire team worked all of last weekend (Saturday and Sunday) due to an emergency popping up, so it happens.
    Oct 11, 2018 2
    • Amazon QKwD48
      OP
      I can understand working one or 2 Saturdays. But I am asking for on a regular basis like for a month or more?
      Oct 11, 2018
    • Amazon Dhdyejdhah
      Not constantly, like it’s not 100% expected. But my team has had a bunch of fire fighting lately so I would say we work at least 1 Saturday a month lately.
      Oct 11, 2018
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    • Amazon QKwD48
      OP
      I was an intern a while ago
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Dell \😯🎈
    I've seen people go in Sundays at Amazon.
    Oct 11, 2018 1
    • Amazon bxuu70
      Yeah the Ping Pong table has high utilization on Sunday’s
      Oct 12, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    triforcer

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    triforcermore
    I've worked on Saturday once or twice when I wasn't oncall, in several years at Amazon; always by choice.
    Oct 11, 2018 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      Which teams were you on?
      Oct 11, 2018
  • Amazon -fhbajsnxz
    Nah... there's alot of teams that dun. depends on team. Maybe during on-call.
    Oct 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon graduate
    Definitely not ( in my three years and 3 teams)
    Oct 12, 2018 0
  • Amazon myamz
    It is absolutely not. My team works the normal 5 days and about 40 hours a week
    Oct 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng ajbsbzzbhz
    Yes
    Oct 11, 2018 0

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