This is definitely NOT true at AWS, and multiple other places at Amazon. You can say whatever you want about WLB (and some times it may even be true) - but Amazon has unparalleled growth opportunities and places to innovate.
Even if you come up with the most innovative idea there is, if the "company" doesn't see it as something that will help them win, then you don't get funded. Its still them controlling it, nothing to do with engineer quality. Eg. Microsoft.
When a company sets an example of motivating people to pursue their ideas and easily get funded, innovation happens a lot. Eg: google. And that is what OP is asking.
Ok so you are saying that if a software engineer at genentech or bank of america comes up with a revolutionary container orchestration framework, the company should allow it else the engineer quality is low?
Please tell us what have you innovated at Microsoft and if nothing then would you say you are low quality?
@userg7 Those articles are more about companies screaming “Look at us! We’re innovative!” louder than the others. Salesforce is a good company, but they’re first and foremost a sales and marketing company, hence why they care so deeply about topping these lists. Do you really think they’re creating better technology than the others in the poll? Not even close. What’s one open source piece of software you’ve seen come out of Salesforce?
Salesforce has been on a big recruiting/marketing push lately so they're paying to get into those kinds of articles. They also got ranked the #1 best place to work by some publisher but no one actually believes that.
Microsoft employees outnumber the next biggest employer on here (amazon) about 3 to 1 and yet the statistics show a 20 to 1 ratio in the opposite direction when accounting for number of employees on blind.