WLB amazon (aws)

Dell fireBeast
Jun 12 12 Comments

Hey All

I keep hearing all the wlb horror stories at amazon. Is this role specific? Or its equally bad in all functions like PRoduct management, program management and engineering?

TC 190k
Yoe 7 years

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  • Amazon look4job
    10-6 plus some extra hours after you go back home.
    Jun 12 2
    • Dell fireBeast
      OP
      What about weekends? And what role
      Jun 12
    • Amazon look4job
      You need to work if you can’t finish the task on time. SDE
      Jun 12
  • Amazon B0z0s
    Many mature orgs within AWS actually have good WLB. It's the relatively new and upcoming ones that need to get out there and gain market that are particularly bad. Think AI, Lambda, other application services.
    Jun 12 1
    • Dell fireBeast
      OP
      Thanks appreciate the input
      Jun 12
  • Amazon / Eng firefly123
    Org/group/role specific.

    Also there are different flavors of bad WLB. There’s “I might get called at 3AM” bad, and “I have to deliver the moon in only 3 weeks” bad
    Jun 12 1
    • Dell fireBeast
      OP
      Yeah that makes sense
      Jun 12
  • Amazon PIPorGTFO
    It's role specific
    Jun 12 1
    • Dell fireBeast
      OP
      So I am guessing engineering is the toughest place to be
      Jun 12
  • New / Eng
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    Blu3more
    There was a guy sharing a sob story last week(?) that he was working at Amazon for two years and didn’t do anything, made ~$110 TC I think I recall, and felt like he deserved to be fired but never was... so... guess it must be role specific 😆🤷‍♂️
    Jun 12 0
  • Amazon lumpie
    For any large company the answer will of course be "it depends", but I would say on average the WLB for engineers at Amazon is much worse than other places.

    My own experience: at least 50 hours a week to keep your head above water. Lots of crunch time and random org wide diktats which have to be addressed immediately.

    In my time here we have never had a sprint that didn't have a massive amount of items roll over due to all the randomisation and unforeseen difficulties
    Jun 12 1

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