WFH for Amazon PMs?

New Gsgfd
Dec 29, 2017 17 Comments

I am considering an AWS PM role in Palo Alto.

AWS is probably my top choice but concerned the commute will kill me (there’s a shuttle from SF, but it’s still 90 min). I’m wondering if any PMs ever work from the SF office occasionally. Or generally, how much flexibility there is on WFH or different office.

Thanks!

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  • Dell / Product $5.99
    You can absolutely work from home in the evenings and weekends. Everyone does that
    Dec 29, 2017 1
    • Microsoft
      yMcg47

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      yMcg47more
      So generous
      Dec 29, 2017
  • Microsoft
    yMcg47

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    yMcg47more
    Wtf aws pm wfh?
    Dec 29, 2017 0
  • Amazon sqx4rqmy
    As an Amazon pm I occasionally work from home 2 days a month on average. I leave early 2 or 3 times a week and work the rest of the day from home. I think it is difficult for PMs to be effective while spending a significant portion of time remotely. PM roles are all about meeting with people to understand requirements and gain consensus. Nothing beats in person meetings for that kind of interaction.
    Dec 29, 2017 2
    • New Gsgfd
      OP
      Thanks that makes sense. My role will be fairly customer focused, so actually much more concentrated in SF proper, as are BD / Solutions folks who work out of AWS SF office... so it would be completely rational for the role/output; was just curious if Amazon has a “face time” culture
      Dec 29, 2017
    • Amazon / Sales AmzzSeattl
      Yes we have a FaceTime culture, but as we hire more and more from tech companies with WFH policies I am seeing some changes. PM roles tend to be in office even if you are supporting Partner’s as you are the internal arm to the team.
      Dec 29, 2017
  • Microsoft TecA10
    Work from home work from space work from toilet
    Dec 29, 2017 0
  • Microsoft / Product
    Karsa

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    Karsamore
    Dude you can't be a remote pm. Isn't going to work out. Can you work remotely once you get home or occasionally? Absolutely! But if you can't/won't go to the office to be face to face with the stakeholders & engineers, find a different role.
    Dec 29, 2017 1
    • New Gsgfd
      OP
      Agreed. I was thinking in terms of 1 day / week. Having thinking / uninterrupted time is important for PMs too.
      Dec 29, 2017
  • Amazon KYNQ07
    My PM works from home probably 6x/Mo, and recently got a principal promo.
    Dec 29, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    amazoni@n

    Amazon Eng

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    amazoni@nmore
    I'm a TAM out of east Palo Alto and I pretty much never go to the office. Maybe you can just go in for a few hours and finish at home to avoid rush hour.
    Dec 30, 2017 1
  • Amazon MefF24
    I have a coworker who is a project manager and she works from home like 2-3/week, just got promoted. I think it really only depends on how your manager feels about it. Some care, some don't.
    Jan 11, 2018 4
    • Microsoft / Product
      Karsa

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      Karsamore
      They have project managers at Amazon?
      Jan 11, 2018
    • Amazon MefF24
      Sorry, program. Program manager. We are basically project managers but yeah
      Jan 11, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product
      Karsa

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      Karsamore
      Huh? Project manager and program and product are completely different things.
      Jan 11, 2018
    • Amazon MefF24
      Our team's roles are completely jacked and not at all representative of the jobs we actually do. Half the program mangers on our team were doing product work and the other half were just doing projects. Now, we have a product team so we're all just doing projects and manual processing
      Jan 11, 2018

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