Looking for examples of Leadership Principles gone wild

Amazon KeepThisTx
Jun 25, 2018 10 Comments

Current and former Amazonians: Have you been discriminated against by a manager and been harmed by that discrimination (passed over for promotion, denied transfer, placed on LE, or Pivot)? If you’ve been discriminated against and the only justification was not because you failed an essential job duty, but because of a “Leadership Principle,” I would love to hear your story.
(Trolls and LP Kool-Aid drinkers need not reply).

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  • Amazon fHQu87
    Earns Trust. The most weaponized LP at Amazon. When you get a dev list that cannot cite a single design or delivery miss, operational issue, or even lost trust with customers, stakeholders, team members and peers, but only cites that you “failed to earn trust of management,” and provides no SBI feedback, you can rest assured that you fell victim to the Peter Principle.
    Jun 25, 2018 2
    • Amazon 😼
      Yep, this one. And there is no way to provide any data points. I saw this happening to my fellow Amazonians, an ugly move.
      Jun 25, 2018
    • Amazon / Other
      nCk

      Amazon Other

      PRE
      Earth Index, Heavenly Couture
      BIO
      Doomed. Need a career reboot. Uber rescinded my offer. Previously wasted a lot of time and effort at Alexa voice shopping.
      nCkmore
      My only area for improvement for the past few years now.
      Jun 25, 2018
  • Amazon FireBox
    Not in actual job, but I have gotten more than one interview feedback that I was too Amazonian. They used the word so negatively (aggressive, lack of empathy and teamwork) that I ended up not getting the final offer.
    Jun 25, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Other
      nCk

      Amazon Other

      PRE
      Earth Index, Heavenly Couture
      BIO
      Doomed. Need a career reboot. Uber rescinded my offer. Previously wasted a lot of time and effort at Alexa voice shopping.
      nCkmore
      This.
      Jun 25, 2018
  • Amazon / Design Hot==dog
    I’ve seen it with those shitty little L6 MBAs desperate to get promoted and assert their superiority over their former classmates. You never know where they’ll go wild. I dealt with one who was honing her “Hire and Develop” by trying to require regular 1:1’s with anyone she worked with, and who asked to see the Forte feedback from people on different teams.

    And to echo the point about Earns Trust, I see that lamely thrown around a lot too. Often it’s stated as “we’re losing trust” because of some frivolous nonsense.
    Jun 25, 2018 0
  • New SqTi60
    Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, drunk and dancing on top of tables at reinvent in Vegas. — female
    Jun 25, 2018 2
    • DigitalGlobe GLBS16
      To be fair it was a foam party.
      Jun 25, 2018
    • Salesforce / Eng Vlad Putin
      Female or male?
      Jun 25, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    boopity

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    BIO
    I left Amz to be happy at a startup
    boopitymore
    My husband worked super long hours (as did a lot of his team) because they were understaffed, and his manager said they might put him on pivot for “not being frugal with his hours”. So stupid.
    He quit almost immediately and had a job somewhere else within a couple weeks, and he’s much happier now and working normal hours.
    Jun 26, 2018 0