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Starting a family soon after joining Amazon

Intel jhkhk86
Nov 8

Hi friends,
I recently got an offer as SDE 2 in Amazon. I am planning to have kid within next 1 year. Do you think I should be able to handle the stress when I am pregnant? Has anyone in Amazon been in a similar situation? If it helps my pay will increase by 2x.

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  • Microsoft / Product@zzz
    Dress your baby as a dog, and you will be fine.
    Nov 80
  • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
    5’6” will be so excited!
    Nov 82
  • Amazon / EngAndyGassy
    You will be fine. If your team is stressful, move to another. WLB varies greatly from team to team.
    Nov 83
    • Intel jhkhk86
      OP
      Thanks for the input. :)
      Nov 8
    • Amazon RLRq11
      Bad manager can always throw you under the bus and then you won't be able to change teams. Think hard and then make a decision.
      Nov 8
    • Amazon / EngAndyGassy
      If you are getting low ratings change teams before they can pip you. 'Dev plan' means gtfo. There will be enough warning before it's too late.
      Nov 8
  • Amazon AnaGeek
    It's not as bad as ppl say. I manage several SDEs, and I doubt they hate me lol
    Nov 81
  • Amazon Shakira
    Not a good idea. On the other hand, you don’t have to push too hard with all those added stress.
    Nov 81
    • Amazon / EngAndyGassy
      People on blind can be drama queens. I've been at Amazon greater than 8 years. WLB is fine, there are a few bad teams.
      Nov 8
  • New oibv50
    There‘s never a „good time to have kids“. It will always be stressful. Just go for it.
    Nov 80
  • Cadence Zyg
    As much as you wish to plan, some things in life are difficult. Babies are miracles. Just prioritize what’s important in your life, and you’ll be just fine.
    Nov 80
  • Amazon Seaplane
    Does your manager have young kids?
    Nov 170
  • Amazon / EngQVHz54
    Obviously it depends on the team but I wouldn't worry about it. My team was fine - when I was pregnant they moved stand ups to a conference room so I wouldn't feel awkward being the only one sitting, they scheduled meetings around my pumping schedule when I returned, etc. There was one idiot PM who kept trying to get meeting moved to times I needed to pump and my manager brought it up before I even said anything. As long as the people you work with are not jerks you'll be fine. If they are jerks, switch teams ASAP whether or not you're pregnant.
    Nov 80
  • Microsoft qgSY25
    You’ll be fine, you’re not pregnant yet,
    no need to start panicking.
    See how’s the stress level in the team and worst case leave to another one, look for possible plan Bs. Always a good idea is to save the extra money now for emergency fund.
    Nov 80
  • Microsoft AvTC33
    What’s the package for sde2?
    Nov 81
  • Amazon nwi751
    You have to wait at least a year for mat leave benefits to kick in if I'm not mistaken. If you get a bad team, they could try to force you out
    Nov 120
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    Amazon is where personal life goes to die... worst employer to have a baby at
    Nov 110

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