What's the deal with Amazon hiring?

Oct 28 27 Comments

I've always heard how easy it is to get an interview at Amazon, also because of the fact that they're hiring hundreds of people all the time.

Even then, I applied to like 15 positions (of which at least 5 very strong fit, including general New Grad role), got 3 referrals from repher.me (3!), never heard back, and always was rejected at resume review stage. I come from a top school.

Wtf Amazon? Am I blacklisted for some unknown reason? I never engaged with them before.

It's not a problem with my resume since I got contacted by Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple almost immediately after applying. Already have an offer from one of those now so don't really care about Amazon but was curious what could cause me being ignored so many times.

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Glassdoor ffff.
    This is a blessing in disguise
    Oct 28 2
    • Amazon XVoh87
      I don't usually see Glassdoor employees here on Blind. While you are here, I want to ask why is Glassdoor so glitchy and unimproved since a long time? Why aren't you guys adding new features and letting other similar websites (like levels.fyi, blind, LC Premium, LinkedIn) win? Not trolling, asking seriously. Back in the days, I got Amazon because questions I saw on Glassdoor were repeated in the interview.
      Oct 28
    • Amazon / Eng SEAFreeze
      How did a handful of engineers at levels.fyi build a much better platform than Glassdoor? 🤔🤔🤔
      Oct 28
  • Wayfair zDkt58
    U know in high school how u had haters? Amazon is one of them
    Oct 28 4
    • Hulu ?!?!?!?
      🤣
      Oct 28
    • OP
      Ok I'll report them to the teacher
      Oct 28
    • Hulu ?!?!?!?
      Teacher don't care
      Oct 28
    • Optimizely / Other TimAppleSr
      I know some 35 year olds who still have haters. Never outgrow that high school mentality, it keeps you young /s
      Oct 28
  • Amazon / Eng SEAFreeze
    Nobody gives a shit about your top school
    Oct 28 6
    • Amazon / Eng SEAFreeze
      Yikes for them. Are we talking about just for contacting you (via recruiters who know fuck all about evaluating talent) or they actually considered it into the offer process rather than actual skill (that's a yikes)
      Oct 28
    • OP
      Just for contacting. School shouldn't (and isn't most of the times) taken into consideration for performance. The offers I got were all based on interview performance.
      Oct 28
    • OP
      Also I'm not saying they should contact me because of my school. I'm just saying my school shouldn't be what is making my resume go into the bin immediately (I know some recruiters just discard your resume if they see a low-grade school, just saying that it's not my case).
      Oct 28
    • Facebook FSYS26
      No they didn’t matter at other companies, your referrals did and fitness did.
      Hiring managers see many people who went to “top schools” relying on their school’s reputation more than their own merit. So you probably got weeded out because because there were better candidates in that pipeline.
      Oct 28
    • Square / Eng ReferralMe
      School is only one piece of your resume. I'd take someone with an impressive resume than someone with just a school name.
      Oct 28
  • Amazon Vulgar
    Hard to say. We get huge numbers of applicants.

    We also don’t take industry hires for SDE1 in many groups. We emphasize our college/intern pipeline. Maybe apply for L5 (SDE 2) positions if you have industry experience.

    I’m not a recruiter; this is just what I’ve seen
    Oct 28 1
    • OP
      I don't have industry experience except for some internships (at a big name), I applied through the college pipeline as well and got rejected after a couple of days.
      Oct 28
  • Amazon XVoh87
    Our recruiting system is messed up and probably one of the worst in the industry along with Microsoft. We lose a lot of good candidates because of this and the HR management knows about this already. A lot of our recruiting is outsourced too so that doesn't help.
    Oct 28 2
    • Workday / Eng SpagtiCode
      To be honest, I had the opposite experience. My AWS onsite and it's decisions were out just 2 days after. No BS. Just straight to the point negotiation and transparency with L4 - L5 bands. The best I have had till now.
      Oct 28
    • Amazon XVoh87
      Yeah it's a hit or a miss. I personally had a bad experience when I was hired.
      Oct 28
  • Salesforce saddlr
    Have you tried 🍌 🍌 instead of only 🍌?
    Oct 28 0
  • Amazon / Eng rando-sde
    Amazon suuuuuucks at recruiting. I've tried to personally refer people before and it's always a crappy experience with recruiters being unresponsive. They even hold pizza lunches to invite SDEs to so they can get their friend's LinkedIn profiles. These same goddamn people don't respond when I send them solid recommendations on the fly.
    Oct 28 3
    • Amazon wDaz75
      Not usually in the business of defending recruiters, but to be fair I’ve seen external references abused pretty bad. As in, 100% unqualified but friends with some dude that works at Amazon trying to slip in. I’m suspicious of all of them when I see them.

      Thank PM’s (the biggest offenders) for this
      Oct 28
    • Amazon / Eng rando-sde
      That sucks. But why hold pizza lunches for references if they're just going to ignore me when I follow up, and not reach out?
      Oct 28
    • Amazon / Eng rando-sde
      Maybe they're looking for ex or current FAANG only.
      Oct 28
  • Facebook FSYS26
    Your top school doesn’t matter
    Oct 28 0
  • Amazon wDaz75
    Post your resume here if you want, even though you got your offer. Remove PII like school clubs and all that. There are lots of hiring managers crawling around blind that can give you an honest assessment. I can say that school doesn’t matter, but merit and general formatting of your resume does. You’re not insta-guaranteed an interview based off the education stamp on your resume
    Oct 28 0

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