What is the culture at Walmart Labs

Autodesk AWFK75
Mar 16 26 Comments

Received offer for Principal Engineer position at WalmartLabs on Wednesday. I have other offers from Amazon, Yelp, Groupon, Kohl's

Work is good in the research domain in Walmart, so considering it. This is one of the RnD team in Sunnyvale. (AR/VR related work)

Primarily considering WalmartLabs for the work its offering. So what is the culture at WalmartLabs?

Additional Info:

Project work in Amazon is that of developing ML pipelines for one part of their main People team, Yelp is about developing deep learning based solution for fraud review detection, Kohl's is about chatbot project and Groupon is about personalization project. I was happy with overall process at WalmartLabs but after meeting a CEO (one of many) I was little concerned about work life balance, and buerocracy - they presented aggressive timeline and communication seemed a little off as C-level executive seemed technically rich but little less precise of exact vision they have. WalmartLabs project is about AR/VR related system development)

Anyone working at WalmartLabs please let me know about the culture.

TC almost same from everyone.

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  • Amazon / Creative 403
    You had me at "senior position at Walmart" ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Anyway, good luck!
    Mar 16 1
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      ๐Ÿ˜‚.. My bad...I didnt say the position because that would give away too much information.

      Lets say in Amazon language, architect level position.
      Mar 16
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Is it an L6 role at Amazon? If yes, clearly you should pick Amazon L6.

    Congrats btw.
    Mar 16 3
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      Thanks!

      "Clearly you should pick Amazon L6" - sorry it is not clear to me.

      Like why???

      Project wise the one at Amazon doesnt excite me. Any other reason?

      "Its FAANG!"
      "Its pays so much"
      "Its Amazon! Are you an idiot?"

      Please dont reply any of the above fashion. Because I am getting paid eqally great anywhere I join (yes that includea stock related money too)

      Please tell me with respect to things like: culture (I found Amazon culture equally dicey - hard deadlines and stress work, no free food or similar perks, and most importantly the work or the project itself)

      You could also tell me why you think Amazon is clear choice for any other reason you can think of other than brandname and money. (I got both these covered - brandname doesnt work beyond a point, what exact project you did and your actual contribution will make difference)

      I am asking genuinely, please dont take this in wrong way. Please let me know why you think Amazon is a clear choice.

      Thanks!
      Mar 16
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Once you get to a "standard" position at a FANG (Amazon L5, Google L5, Microsoft L63, etc), you have a certification of sorts. People know you are capable of building performant, scalable software from scratch.

      Personally I'm not very excited about this particular Walmart role over Amazon - "AR/VR" is unlikely to be an important part of their business anytime soon. Companies dangle juicy carrots to hire great candidates - I'm not sure if AR/VR is a carrot.
      Mar 17
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      Thanks! Makes sense
      Mar 22
  • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng cr$&fe
    Senior position = Walmart greeter ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    Mar 16 2
    • Travelport / Eng buttnpushr
      Senior Stocking Associate
      Mar 16
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      ๐Ÿ˜‚...Senior Valet Parking Manager.
      Anyways put one title for sake of it. I have edited the post.
      Mar 16
  • Apple microBro
    Bro, thereโ€™s only 1 FAANG company in your list. I am pretty sure you know which one to pick.

    Also, walmart?? Really??
    Mar 16 3
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      Its People team in Amazon. Thats to manage people in Amazon.
      Mar 16
    • Tableau krxi15
      Thatโ€™s 350k people. And if Amazon were to take over the world, your software would manage 7billion people. Potential is enormous.
      Mar 16
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      "Thats 350k people" - true. But walmart has 2000 stores with 20 million people visiting it every day. Product I work on will have direct impact. Also Amazon itself is getting into brick and mortar stores through Wholefoods acquistion and Amazon Go concepts. There are many solid reasons why Amazon is doing this.

      Anyways, I totally understand your point. But I think the project I will get to work on has 10x more volume.

      "Amazon were to tak over the world, your softare will manage 7 billion people." - India and China themselves constitute 2 billion - one has Alibaba and other had Flipkart (started by Amazon ex employees) - and Flipkart also now acquired by Walmart.

      I totally understand your point but Amazon serving 7 billion people - thats never going to happen.

      I really dont know this utopia about taking a job just because it is FAANG. They are great companies - and thats the whole point, they are great - I have to see as to what part of the pie do I get at these great companies.

      So just to give an example, I tell you that you have two projects to work on : one is where you will get to help HR of a company manage employees better via software, other is where you will get to create a great customer experience through your software. Which will you choose?

      So I am not mentioning any company name yet - thats just noise wirh respect to the project actual work itself.
      Ultimately what I do there spending significant part of my life is more important than just a name which has no value if I am not contributing to it, or not enjoying contributing to it.

      So work wise for me, I felt one is better than other. (My feeling, could differ for others)
      Mar 16
  • Autodesk AWFK75
    OP
    Thanks guys! I have decided not join WalmartLabs
    Mar 22 2
    • Amazon / Creative 403
      At least you did something. That's a lot more than just bit ching and complaining which I see every day around me.
      Good luck in the future!
      Mar 24
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      Thanks mate!
      Apr 3
  • DocuSign sJCx25
    Dude, do you really want to carry pocket change for the soda machine? Walmart is like working in corporate - water and stale coffee are free, the rest is BYO.
    Mar 16 1
    • Amazon / Eng malcolmx
      Can't say about the Bay Area offices, but the Reston office is stocked with free soda and snacks. That's not standard at Amazon (although some teams provide it out of their budget). Either way I never understood why it's important to people. How much can you possibly spend on snacks in a year? $1-2k?
      May 9
  • Intuit mQcv31
    Ex Walmart here
    Culture is really very political
    You need to be in good books of your manager and be always show off even if you donโ€™t work
    Just remember manage up is the only way and too much mess to deal with
    Mar 16 1
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      Thank You! I was looking for help and found in your comment. Thanks for that!

      Intuit has great culture so good to know you are there.
      Mar 16
  • New / Eng WalmartLab
    The culture isn't great if you are looking for aggressive growth, but it also doesn't have the downside associated with that. Flexible work from home policy maybe important for you if family life is a priority.
    Mar 16 0
  • Uber iRzR14
    Back in the day WalmartLabs was great. Not anymore. There is no more โ€œlabs.โ€ It is just branding.
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon SFtogo
    OP, how long did it take after your interview to get an offer from Walmart?
    Mar 20 1
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      I got offer next day.
      Apr 3
  • MathWorks p8Rz2u
    Those all sound like awesome work/team, grats on offers.
    Mar 16 1
    • Autodesk AWFK75
      OP
      Thanks!
      Mar 16

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