NYT article about Amazon recruiting

Qualcomm RnAh65
Oct 8, 2017 12 Comments

Has anyone read the NYT article about Amazon hiring a lot of MBAs for product management roles? Wander what Amazon employees think about it. Good/bad/ugly...

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  • Amazon / Ops PnesmyTier
    Dont like the MBAs in pathways operations. Theyre lacking people skills
    Oct 9, 2017 1
    • Amazon / Eng Thee
      SDEs are amazing at people skills tho
      Oct 17, 2017
  • Amazon Amazon_O_G
    That’s odd. As somewhere who is on a team that hires a lot of PM-Ts, I could care less about an MBA if they can pass the tech bar and have the appropriate experience driving product to launch. What position did you interview for - it obviously wasn’t a PM position. We don’t normally go through a matching process unless it’s for an MBA position. You normally interview for a specific position.
    Oct 15, 2017 2
    • Expedia airwolf
      Sr PM, l6. It was part of a "pm recruiting event", with the potential for me to choose which team I wanted to join. I'm told it's not the typical process already. Business, hardlines, & retail were the orgs.
      Oct 15, 2017
    • Amazon Amazon_O_G
      That’s crazy. I was unfamiliar with this program. Sounds poorly ran and a bad experience for candidates s if we are leaving them in limbo and telling them after the fact that most teams require MB degrees. Should the OP reach out and have informationals with HMs?
      Oct 15, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng 8264017454
    Amazon has a lot of positions that aren't straight tech - there's a lot of deal making that needs to happen between the enterprise cloud business, the entertainment business, and the merchandising business. I'm happy to have MBAs doing that - the average MBA is MUCH better at it than the average engineer
    Oct 8, 2017 0
  • Amazon Amazon_O_G
    I am pretty hard on MBAS as we often need them to unlearn a lot of what they learn in MBA school. I have to teach them to express themselves in a 6 page thoughtful doc that really dives deep regather than presenting fluff.
    Oct 13, 2017 2
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Lifegoeson

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      Lifegoesonmore
      Then, you should teach at Harvard or you must have hired a bunch of unqualified candidates from bad MBA schools.
      Oct 17, 2017
    • Amazon Amazon_O_G
      Not understanding your point. We do attract graduates from top tier MBA schools. Actually, Ivy League schools are the main ones I have had trouble with - especially those from Harvard. They are often not as agile and flexible as required in our fast paced culture although I’m sure they do well at the MSFT country club
      Oct 17, 2017
  • Microsoft / Eng ijkef
    Can't find it
    Oct 9, 2017 1
    • Amazon / Eng 8264017454
      It's actually WSJ. "Another thing Amazon is disrupting: business school recruiting"
      Oct 10, 2017
  • Expedia airwolf
    I passed the l6 onsites, but was told they require a degree for most l6 PM roles (which I don't have). Now I'm stuck in some sort of team-matching limbo waiting for a hm to "overlook" that requirement...
    Oct 14, 2017 0