My fall from grace: how I ended up at Amazon
I told this story to a few MBA interns and will repeat it here.
In high school, I was an academic superstar and was fortunately accepted by my dream college. I did well there, worked in finance afterwards, and then returned to my alma mater to get my MBA. I had hoped to transition into private equity or hedge funds after my MBA. I interned at a big hedge fund during the summer after my first year, but unfortunately, the fund chose not to extend any full-time offers. So my second year began, and I hit the pavement hard, networking and hustling. I interviewed at a lot of the prestigious firms: KKR, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Apollo, Citadel, Coatue, Lone Pine, Viking. But none of them panned out despite my best efforts. With graduation a few months away, I still did not have any offers. I desperately tried to get interviews with MBB consulting and top investment banks, but they already hired their MBA class.
In this moment of desperation, trying to figure out what to do, I saw a job posting from Amazon on my school's job board. The role sounded sort of interesting, but no one in my class wanted to work at Amazon. My ego bristled at the thought of joining Amazon, but due to the desperation, I applied. After several interviews I got an offer. My manager was confused as to why I wanted to come here. He asked me multiple times whether I was "absolutely sure about moving to Seattle as a single man with an elite pedigree." I of course lied my ass off because I needed a job badly.
Working at Amazon and living in Seattle has been one of the most depressing and humiliating experiences of my life. But as I told the MBA interns, life is about overcoming adversity, making lemonade out of lemons. Like the tribes of Israel wandering in the desert before entering the promised land, I know that I will soon leave Amazon and Seattle for greener pastures.
To all those also suffering, stay strong.