My fall from grace: how I ended up at Amazon

Aug 15, 2018 129 Comments

I told this story to a few MBA interns and will repeat it here.

In high school, I was an academic superstar and was fortunately accepted by my dream college. I did well there, worked in finance afterwards, and then returned to my alma mater to get my MBA. I had hoped to transition into private equity or hedge funds after my MBA. I interned at a big hedge fund during the summer after my first year, but unfortunately, the fund chose not to extend any full-time offers. So my second year began, and I hit the pavement hard, networking and hustling. I interviewed at a lot of the prestigious firms: KKR, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Apollo, Citadel, Coatue, Lone Pine, Viking. But none of them panned out despite my best efforts. With graduation a few months away, I still did not have any offers. I desperately tried to get interviews with MBB consulting and top investment banks, but they already hired their MBA class.

In this moment of desperation, trying to figure out what to do, I saw a job posting from Amazon on my school's job board. The role sounded sort of interesting, but no one in my class wanted to work at Amazon. My ego bristled at the thought of joining Amazon, but due to the desperation, I applied. After several interviews I got an offer. My manager was confused as to why I wanted to come here. He asked me multiple times whether I was "absolutely sure about moving to Seattle as a single man with an elite pedigree." I of course lied my ass off because I needed a job badly.

Working at Amazon and living in Seattle has been one of the most depressing and humiliating experiences of my life. But as I told the MBA interns, life is about overcoming adversity, making lemonade out of lemons. Like the tribes of Israel wandering in the desert before entering the promised land, I know that I will soon leave Amazon and Seattle for greener pastures.

To all those also suffering, stay strong.

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TOP 129 Comments
  • Google bugaboo
    Wait. Is any of this sarc? Does it really suck that badly?
    Aug 15, 2018 3
    • Google GoldenGod
      Do you have any self awareness to realize how entitled you sound at this moment? This is not struggling. This is your ego getting shattered.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Google / Eng hooli.xyz
      The elitist attitude feels made up. This is probably a new username by one of our “favorite” trolls in Blind.
      Aug 15, 2018
  • Google GoldenGod
    I don’t know man. Sounds like you peaked in HS. This is your life now.
    Aug 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon Sdmmgrs
    I don’t have a MBA, did my engineering bachelors from a normal state university, have no educational loans, have a decent 7 digit savings in last few years, work for 6 hrs / day and make 475k+ a year, managed high ego MBAs who were Piped, so please take your MBA bs and gtfo!
    Aug 15, 2018 35
    • Wells Fargo qCIT12
      @Apple - You need a better job!
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Amazon Republik
      I know. Wells Fargo (qcit12) and OP would make a nice couple.

      They are racist closeted-homosexuals that in real life need to hide their true identities so they can continue attacking women and vulnerable minorities to divert attention.

      Just look at OP’s post on Trump from 2 days ago. Now he comes back, playing victim, in a different post.
      Aug 16, 2018
  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    Unlike posters here I totally understand. Went to a top MBA school, and with no other options joined Microsoft. Seattle I actually like a lot, but coming into tech after MBA sort of stalled my career.
    Aug 15, 2018 12
    • Microsoft / Product @zzz
      So don't know if I would have been happier, but that's what I really wanted to do after the MBA. Much like a lot of people here want to work for fang. As I mentioned I am actually quite happy. But not a lot of other options being a pm. As a consultant you could have a lot of opportunities after a couple of years should it not work for you.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • New Senec@
      To be fair, MBA’s wanting to work at PE/HF are like CS grads wanting to work at FANG. If you can choose, why not go somewhere where you’re at the top of the food chain? Very understandable.
      Aug 15, 2018
  • Amazon 2423
    Explains why all the MBAs here have been so shit. Gotta work with losers like you.
    Aug 15, 2018 5
    • Amazon WACC
      OP
      I can't speak for your friend or Fuqua. At my program, Amazon was seen as an absolute last resort when all else failed.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Google / Product
      homeyclown

      Google Product

      BIO
      Honey don’t play dat
      homeyclownmore
      @2423 some of us can hack (x86 asm and lisp for me yo) but we try to hide it
      Aug 15, 2018
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  • Apple Ghs543a
    😮. This is worse than the time I ran out of pellegrino. #thestruggleisreal
    Aug 15, 2018 0
  • Microsoft o730
    Alexa play despacito
    Aug 15, 2018 0
  • Agilent Technologies / R&D m/z
    If you work in finance, what's wrong with working at Amazon? It's a large and successful technology company and you play a part in the business.

    As a personal anecdote, just because you went to some fancy school or were an academic superstar doesn't mean you will do well in the real world. I mean look at those "genius"/"prodigy" children who went to college early. Where df are they now? Meanwhile I went to a 3rd tier school for my bachelor's and PhD and landed a job in a well known research organization.

    You need to reframe. The world doesn't owe you shit, but is also not out to get you.
    Aug 15, 2018 4
    • Wells Fargo qCIT12
      You are an idiot. Also you are (low IQ,low comp).
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Amazon WernerHerz
      You are "low English."
      Aug 15, 2018
  • Amazon Sdmmgrs
    Haha looks like ego busting moment when this person shifted to Amazon and gets managed by non MBAs who have achieved way more and added way more value than these so called Ivy League MBAs!
    Aug 15, 2018 0

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