WSJ Amazon 2015 article

Microsoft AdTm10
May 10, 2018 8 Comments

I value WLB and wonder if Amazon is still similar to its description from 3 years ago. I’d like to app there but it seems like they have the worst WLB in the Seattle area which is particularly off-putting. Opinions/suggestions?

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  • Amazon / Eng
    Hooliganss

    Amazon Eng

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    AWS
    Hooliganssmore
    Big changes have happened, especially in AWS.
    May 10, 2018 2
    • Microsoft AdTm10
      OP
      I assume you’re in aws? Could you briefly describe your WLB? Do you carry a pager?
      May 10, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

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      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      Sure. Yup, EC2 specifically.
      - generally get into the office between 10-11, with a few exceptions being earlier (mostly special days where hardware needs to be thrown at retail for Black Friday, prime day, cyber Monday, etc).
      - generally leave between 4-5, with a few exceptions being longer.
      - lunch is generally an hour, a lot of the time are team lunches at street vendors, etc.
      - days off aren’t tracked (company policy says they should be, but they aren’t). Just make sure your coworkers are cool with long leaves, and you get your work done.
      - commute is 20ish minute walk.

      Of course, this is my team, and may not represent other teams.
      May 10, 2018
  • Jesus. I wish I was on your team.

    I'm in Alexa. I get in at 7 every day, because I'm literally booked solid in meetings from 9:30am to 1:30pm every day. I generally leave the office around 4, but because so much of my day is spent in meetings, I have to log on from home to do my actual work.

    If I'm lucky, I'll be done by 7pm on a given day, but regularly am working until 10:30. Y'all hiring in EC2?
    May 10, 2018 4
    • New unammah
      Curious - why the 4 hour meetings on such a regular schedule? No sarcasm, seriously... isn’t this against some LP... isn’t someone supposed to challenge the 4 hours spent in meetings? Am looking at AWS openings and wondering how deep LPs run on typical daily, work issues like these. Thanks!
      May 10, 2018
    • Meh, depends on the org. The director has a lot of say on the deliverables and time frames.

      The "agile" method has been evangalized so much here that it's actually suffocating. I'm in 4 stand-ups a day, 2 daily status meetings, and two triage meetings on bug prioritization on two different product lines.

      It isn't really conducive to productivity, as I'm an IC engineer and not a manager or a PM. If that were the case, I can understand the necessity for that much time in meetings.

      Realistically, your mileage may very, but I think that agile development is misunderstood by directors and VPs who have been in the game for a long time. And they just overburden with process until it becomes waterfall again.
      May 10, 2018
    • Sorry to hear that. Little perplexing for an outsider like me that this is what’s happening when there’s so much talk of LPs and productivity and 2-pizzas. Hope it gets better for you!
      May 10, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

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      AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      That’s brutal to hear. So many stand ups and status meetings, sorry to hear that.
      We do generally one standup a day (sometimes is missed), around 11am. Each day we might have one additional meeting for things like sprint planning and recap, ops meeting, and a discussion regarding other teams needs.
      As far as hiring, I would assume so. Ec2 is massive.
      May 10, 2018