Why do people bash Amazon engineering?

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Mar 10 40 Comments

I gave aws interview two days ago. I make less than an average Amazon sde. I thought the people were very nice and the interviewers probed me deeply into the questions I answered. Everyone seemed very smart. They may be frugal but I am sure they have world class engineers and are obviously killing it in the cloud business. I just feel it's just creates a false sense of insecurity among Amazon employees leading them to believe that they are not very good, but from my perspective they have a wonderful sandbox to play in where they can really change the world.

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  • Snapchat Gamit
    If you come from top places like Facebook or you’ve worked at startups where you’re expected to produce work, you’ll realize that the amazon engineering quality is very low.
    Mar 10 9
    • Amazon Truthtable
      I dont know what engineering you are talking at snap.. everything runs on google cloud and product seems dead
      Mar 10
    • Facebook woakamaa
      Uh huh, that’s why you have new as the engineering company right? Stfu
      Mar 10
    • Oath xxxcd
      It’s amazing how they’re able to keep AWS together
      Mar 10
    • Cisco gmann
      AWS is well run and organized. AWS and Amazon run separately. Why do you nerds constantly posture? You b1ches are highschool
      Mar 11
    • eBay uUhGab1
      Well actually Amazon eats its own dog food. We have an initiative going to move over to AWS infrastructure
      Mar 11
  • Microsoft Darth G
    I agree I had a great experience and was impressed by my Alexa interviews
    Mar 10 2
    • Tableau krxi15
      Alexa interviewed you?
      Mar 10
    • Intel UGeJ58
      We had a nice chat in my kitchen
      Mar 11
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    • Amazon nirvana!
      @Tableau, I know this. But the thing is that people are still hating amzn. The reason people are not using frameworks or libraries from amzn is because amzn is relatively less active in open source community in comparison to g or fb.
      Mar 10
    • Google topCon
      Amazon is better at business
      Google better at engineering stuff
      Mar 10
    • Tableau krxi15
      @Amazon, what I am trying to say is people are using stuff from Amazon way more than they use things from G or FB.

      People use dynamoDB, S3, EKS, ECS, SNS, SQS etc etc. This things are equally important to their product as much as react, protobuf etc
      Mar 10
    • Amazon nirvana!
      True... people use windows as well, still hate msft. :) people like places that pay the most. Not tech. :)
      Mar 11
    • eBay uUhGab1
      To be honest I would def use a linux distro for my OS if there were more support for games. That's about the only reason people use msft. $50 per license vs free
      Mar 11
  • There is a lot of jealousy from other cloud contenders on how well AWS is doing.
    They are at the absolute top of their game while Google Cloud barely makes money (also a dumpster fire of reliability).

    Don't let those disgruntled individuals change your impressions. AWS is the absolute top for cloud
    Mar 10 0
  • Cisco eqTe46
    I interviewed and got offer. The experience was super, Engineers are down to earth too. Definitely top engineering
    Mar 10 5
    • Cisco / Product U there
      Hi there,

      Is this Seattle office :)
      Mar 10
    • Cisco eqTe46
      Yes, Seattle office
      Mar 10
    • Cisco / Product U there
      Good job my ex-Cisco friend
      Mar 10
    • Tableau krxi15
      @cisco u there, you must be new here, why are you being super nice to everybody, this is blind.
      Mar 10
    • Cisco / Product U there
      😅
      Mar 11
  • Cisco / Product U there
    Hi OP,

    Do you mind to share YoE?

    Thank you,
    Mar 10 2
    • Wayfair / Eng
      hErg55

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      2.5 years
      Mar 10
    • Cisco / Product U there
      Got you, that’s a great TC at Wayfair with 2.5 years :))
      Mar 10
  • New sparked
    People love to hate.

    Ultimately amazons engineering is top 1% of companies by and large (ymmv as you look at various teams) but since they are definitely below the majority of other companies that frequent blind they get hated on.

    It doesn’t help that the cult like LPs give fodder
    Mar 10 0
  • Amazon nirvana!
    Great engineers definitely exist at aws, and amzn in general. On average number of eng at amzn is way more than any other company, and it is difficult to keep the bar consistent. Also, a lot of aws eng went from amzn to FB and G. So yesterday’s amzn eng are today’s fb and G. Not all, but there are.
    Mar 10 0
  • Facebook ae86tofu
    I've only had solid experiences working with ex-amazon engineers. However, the stories they tell about their time there...
    Mar 10 2
    • Amazon nirvana!
      You know people always want to assure themselves that they made the right choice. I am not saying it is wrong, just telling a perspective why they could have been telling these stories. Of course everybody had different experiences, but company is simply huge and definitely you may have at least 1-2 bad experiences.
      Mar 10
    • Amazon sOoz02
      Sounds like survivorship bias. All the ex-amazonians you know left for a reason. The one's that didn't have a reason to leave never did.
      Mar 11
  • New naduruk
    Mostly, Jealous that their company can’t compete against Amazon.
    Mar 11 0
  • VMware pirsquare
    There are obviously great engineers and talented folks at Amazon.
    Amazon has grown at a pace that none of the other FANGM match. They have a wide range of products and have to hire a lot more people. So there would definitely be a drop in the quality of engineers but the average quality would still be better than most places.
    Mar 10 0