Slave Hours @ Amazon, Advice?

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I started at Amazon in March as a contractor for 9 months. Worked 9-5 M-F. And then, 3 months in i get promoted to PM. I'm working 8-8 +work emails and got written up 4 times in two weeks. I've only been in the position for 4 weeks. What the F is going on?

I have two masters and a background in ux research. I do uxr data collection on new tech. But apparently I'm not working hard or fast enough. Is this a normal welcome to corporate experience?

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  • Apple woodkid
    Slave hours at Amazon is nothing new
    Aug 10 0
  • โ€œThe difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.โ€ Warren Buffett

    Start learning to prioritize what actually is important. I always have 100 things to get done in a week but only I pick the top 5-10 most important ones and say no to the rest. Have always gotten TT every year and I work 40hrs a week. You need to stand up for yourself and prioritize better.
    Aug 10 1
    • Amazon / Mgmt
      fastfwd2me

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      I couldn't put my foot down, the project required me to meet a short deadline and my manager didn't allocate enough bodies. I didn't know the project was going to be this hectic. It's hard to know how yo maneuver these politics
      Aug 14
  • Facebook public2
    So you work at amazon and not fang I'm guessing?
    Aug 10 2
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      fastfwd2me

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      Thanks for pointing ๐Ÿ‘‰ it out
      Aug 10
    • Facebook public2
      Sorry, that's their famous culture. Most jobs are not like that.
      Aug 10
  • Manulife Financial myPeeBurns
    written up for what?
    Aug 10 4
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    • Bank of America / Product Quacky
      Seems self explanatory
      Aug 10
    • SAP
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      This write-up seems fairly straightforward and lists specific examples of how this person believes you are not meeting the expected standards of your position.

      The general theme (from this particular write-up) seems to be insufficient preparation for the client onsite, whatever that is. The other person seems to have a fairly detailed model in mind of how the event should go and is disappointed that you don't share in the detail.

      I don't think they are implying that you are lazy, just that you aren't able to execute to the expected standard. The actual amount of time you are spending working is not relevant here.

      If I were you I would: (1) make sure to be prepared in all the ways this person names in any of the writeups, (2) try to remember what questions they had for you that you didnt have answers for and get those answers, (3) try to anticipate related questions that they hadn't asked and be prepared for that, and (4) email this person, apologize for appearing so unprepared, and ask them if they noticed any other ways in which they believed you were failing your tasks that day.

      This person may truly just have it in for you for no reason, in which case you are fucked anyway, or may give you the input you need to eventually succeed.

      Good luck.
      Aug 10
    • Goldman Sachs ๐Ÿ…ฑ๏ธee
      Wow that is some pretty poor grammar.
      Aug 10
  • Booking.com / Admin
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    Fuck_Youmore
    Ask your manager to demote you
    Aug 10 0
  • Facebook
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    Time to switch jobs.
    Aug 11 0
  • Amazon ้ซ˜
    Working 8-8 does not mean that you're working on the right things. It's common for people to say 'yes' to any request only to find themselves drowning on unimportant things. At this point not delivering them is obviously a failure. It's probably not clear to you what are the actual priorities, it's on you to get that list to your manager and ask him to help you prioritize and drop the rest.
    Aug 10 0
  • Amazon pook
    promoted as in converted to full time?
    Aug 10 0
  • Google / Eng
    noobcake

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    noobcakemore
    Lemme guess, Alexa data collections?
    Aug 10 0
  • Bank of America / Product Quacky
    Cant help without better understanding what your doing, but chances are you can work normal hours and not get written up
    Aug 10 0
  • American Airlines / Ops Gksu3r
    Being written up x4? How are you still in the race, pretty impressive missed expectations yet not fired. Usually most Corporate workforce not a fan of contractors, I guess combination of high expectations of output from allocated headcount (here, example, you) and contractor not delivering high standard work product. Good luck.
    Aug 17 2
    • Amazon / Mgmt
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      I asked a senior engineer what the issue was and he blatantly stated that the project was meant for L 6. I'm a new hire L4. Not to mention 8-10 people have left this team in the last four months I've been here. I completed 7 projects on time before getting promoted/converted. Im even finishing this L6 but at the same time I wasn't given assistance or training. It's bs and politics. Testing my limits or something
      Aug 19
    • American Airlines / Ops Gksu3r
      Yes! Thanks for sharing additional info and sounds too familiar in the corporate industry. Congrats on new hire! Sounds like it if worth it to you stick it out to make sure you get to L6 and TC. Look for next offer
      Aug 24
  • Apple woodkid
    When at Amazon/Fb, be mentally ready for 14 hour workdays till you find your groove.

    After that a 10-12 hour workday might get the job done there.
    Aug 11 1
    • Amazon / Mgmt
      fastfwd2me

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      Fml
      Aug 14
  • Zillow Group 4096
    Hold as long as you can an then jump to other company, I remember sleeping between 3-5 hours back in Bezos slave factory
    Aug 10 1
    • Amazon / Mgmt
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      How long do I have to stay? I'm scared companies will question me when they see I was there too short.
      Aug 10
  • Amazon / Eng bLif00
    Contractors are treated like expendable garbage
    Aug 10 1
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      True but at least the hours are stable
      Aug 10
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    โ€œPromotionโ€
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  • Zillow Group 4096
    Less than a year, if you calculate the amount of hours you work there you are underpaid
    Aug 10 0
  • Netflix televisor
    Honestly, they might be right. They feel like you are not delivering. You feel like you are putting in lots of time. Both facts may be true. Part of your job is to set expectations, fight for resources, and to give others confidence that you're capable. I can't give specific advice without knowing anything, but honestly you should ask folks for help and feedback, and go in with an open mind. Your new role requires new skills and habits. You need to change how you are prioritizing and communicating work if you can't get it done in the time you have.
    Aug 10 0
  • Amazon / Data
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    I have no idea why this person was tasked to review me. This description doesn't sound like a person who was just promoted.
    Aug 10 0

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