Need a amazon survival advice

Juniper MystiqueX
Jul 8, 2018 18 Comments

I am joining Amazon as SDE 2 to bay area location. Till date, have only worked for startups. YOE (5 years). I am happy with the compensation for next 4 years. Don't see my self complaining about it even if it stays the same.

I am just scared about the all the things I have heard about Amazon Culture being (work-life balance, Competitive, no perks, etc ). All I want to do is to go, do my job, be a team player, and come back to my family.

I still have 15 days to join Amazon.
What is the best advice you can give that I should follow for the next four years at least?

UPDATE for the people asking about TC:
TC = 245K


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TOP 18 Comments
  • LinkedIn Testingen
    My condolences
    Jul 8, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Amzn1123
    Honestly if you don’t like team just switch out. Some management is really good to work with while others are garbage. Big company don’t be afraid to move.
    Jul 8, 2018 0
  • F5 Networks / Eng nlMD61
    Why did you want to join Amazon if you dont like their culture or feel you won't fit into their culture?
    Jul 8, 2018 3
    • Juniper MystiqueX
      (Job Profile + Mix reviews about culture + TC)
      Jul 8, 2018
    • F5 Networks / Eng nlMD61
      You know, if you're worried about the culture or the company (perks, etc) dont take the role. You'll feel miserable after an year, probably won't even stay long enough to reap the benefits of Amazon's stocks.

      I know this isn't the advice which you're looking for. But, yeah think about it.
      Jul 8, 2018
    • Apple cF4y32
      This. Here is the right reason. Amazon has one shitty vesting cycle and it always favors the company. Try to get a competing better offer and take that.
      Jul 8, 2018
  • Amazon intense
    Advice: document everything (design decisions, work tasks, rationale, 1:1s, progress, no progress, etc.). If you are ever put on pivot, you can use these to defend your work. Yes, this is what I learnt at Amazon.
    Jul 8, 2018 5
    • / Eng B.pony
      What's pivot?
      Jul 8, 2018
    • New / Eng g0pher
      Pivot is pre-IPO, oops, pre-PIP
      Jul 8, 2018
    • Amazon Jfk19
      So many things keeps happening. Can you please elaborate about documenting?
      Jul 8, 2018
    • WalmartLabs pjtV38
      How do you document? For a one on one with manager, do you mean keeping personal notes or starting a thread with manager copied?
      Jul 8, 2018
    • Amazon 123raj
      The very fact that someone coming in is being warned about this should speak volumes
      Jul 9, 2018
  • Amazon qQTo52
    Did you like the team, culture, and manager of team you interviewed with? If so, go. Do your best, and chances are you’ll be fine. All companies manage low performers out. Amazon is really no different in that regard. That said if you don’t agree with the leadership principles or didn’t get good vibe from team you should worry about that and not the possibility of getting managed out.
    Jul 8, 2018 0
  • New etJe45
    Join A9, comp is similar/higher but fantastic wlb, double amazons vacation days, and starts off with 4 weeks pto which jumps to 5.4 weeks after a year. Free snacks/drinks but difficulty of getting in is probably similar to fb/g.
    Jul 9, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Other

      Amazon Other

      It is my first day at A9 after an internal transfer process from Amazon. Any advice? In my offer letter it said on behalf of Amazon not A9 though
      Jul 9, 2018
  • New etJe45
    Advice for what?
    Jul 9, 2018 0
  • / Eng B.pony
    Jul 8, 2018 0
  • New FUQYD
    What’s your TC? :)
    Jul 8, 2018 0