SDM moving from Amazon to Google, any advice for ex amazonians at Google?

Amazon Moss@AMZ
Nov 8 13 Comments

Hi I got accepted on Google as Engineering Manager (480k TC L6, Kirkland).

Any advice from Amazonians who moved there in terms of culture, practices, set for success...etc? Anything you will share to someone moving there?

Thanks

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TOP 13 Comments
  • Amazon axela
    Try not to be frugal there 😊
    Nov 8 0
  • Google b6e
    Join the ex-Amazon mailing list, you’ll get great resources to help you transition.

    You may find it challenging to let go of some things that were the norm at Amazon, like working long hours with too few resources, being grilled on metrics every week, and aggressively managing out your bottom performers. Take your time to learn the culture and find the groove, and you can be very happy at Google. The Google Blind forum is radically different from the Amazon one. You may even drop out of Blind entirely.
    Nov 8 2
    • Amazon whtamihere
      can you share ex Amazon mailing list?
      Nov 8
    • Google b6e
      Search internally, you’ll find it. If you’re not at Google, you don’t need to know.
      Nov 9
  • Apple OfferIntrv
    Can you please tell total YOE and managerial YOE? Also, some RC breakdown maybe
    Nov 8 0
  • Don’t get upset when your team doesn’t want to work and has no respect for committed timelines.
    Nov 8 4
    • Amazon / Eng
      pop.

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      pop.more
      Can you elaborate please? How do teams get anything done in that case?
      Nov 8
    • Things get done when they get done. Asking for a date or telling a date... god I’ve never seen so much push back. I literally had a lead tell me that it is impossible to predict dates on software projects.
      Nov 8
    • Amazon sI3GLw
      If you are asking for dates, you are a bad manager and clearly have never been an engineer.
      Nov 8
    • If a tech lead can’t look at the remaining work on a project and tell you approximately how long it will be until the work is done they aren’t a good engineer.

      If you tell a lead that a customer demo has to be ready by the time the customer comes on site and they can’t predict what if any features could be denied they are not a good engineer.

      If you ask someone to estimate the sizes of the work items and all they can give you is XXL for them all and they claim there is no way to break things down in to more reasonable steps then they are not a good engineer.

      Unfortunately those are all traits that you will frequently find here.
      Nov 9
  • Microsoft sabbas
    Can you share some insights into the interviewing process for aspiring candidates?
    Nov 8 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    oneleg

    Amazon Eng

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    Microsoft, Amazon
    onelegmore
    You betrayed Jeff!
    Nov 8 0
  • AOL CwXk65
    Always your team first. Then you. Remember that
    Nov 8 0

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