Should I quit my Amazon job to find a new job?

Aug 15, 2019 24 Comments

TC 180

I work for Alexa team in Amazon - Bay area.

Every single person in my team works till 7.30pm(they come in at 9.30)

half my team is present till 9pm on daily basis. i feel extreemly hungry every evening, but company provides no food.

People who are taking the day off still reply for emails at 2am in morning.

Teammates send out code reviews on Saturdays and Sundays. This is very common.

I feel extreemely awkward to leave at 6pm in evening.

I am trying to find a new job. But weekend is the only time i can prepare anything for few hours, then weekdays kick in and i go out of touch again for next 5 days.

should i quit this position to actually save my life and find a job? or am i overreacting?

i really wish one day to walkin and just quit my job and cite “poor work life harmony” as the reason.

all the times are totally true. Observed for more than 1.5 years.

i’ve been on this team for 2.5 years now.


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TOP 24 Comments
  • New turn
    Hard to decipher this post without TC
    Aug 15, 2019 0
  • Barclays PLC / Eng sscL38
    What's your TC?
    Aug 15, 2019 0
  • Walmart Nice😍
    TC or GTFO. You know the rules. It gives more context to the question.
    Aug 15, 2019 1
  • Walmart Nice😍
    Yes you should quit after you get a new job with at least the same TC but hopefully higher.

    Why would anyone work until 7.30 especially in tech? literally made no sense. Everyone knows amazon has poor WLB.
    Aug 15, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Eng SwitchJobs
    How has been your growth there? And how are the learnings while working on the team?
    Aug 15, 2019 2
    • Amazon / Eng Vijay anna
      I learned a lot in my tenure here. Cannot complain about that. Teammates are extremely talented and hard working still learning from them. But is this sustainable for long term? I don’t think so.
      Aug 15, 2019
    • Microsoft / Eng SwitchJobs
      As far as growing and learning, it should be fine. Take care of your health. The issue with switch is wlb is not guaranteed after the switch. Also you might miss the growth and learnings from there.

      If manager, growth, learnings, money are fine, then don't switch just for wlb. Try planning your work properly, reduce a few responsibilities, talk to your manager that you are getting burned out and would take a little light work for a quarter or two. Also ask people to reserve your time, cut down on ad-hoc help requests, request for no after-work hour or weekend work mails. Try to set an expectation that you'll only in office hours and after-office hours only if urgent.

      ( Though not good, 9 am to 9 pm is quite normal in India. )
      Aug 15, 2019
  • You are paid that much. You deserve the amount of work for the $$ amount you are getting paid. No free lunch
    Aug 15, 2019 1
    • Google o
      In this job market?
      Aug 15, 2019
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    If you are unhappy there, then something needs to change! Maybe another team within the company is better WLB? If not, you could bring it up with your leads. Although, if it's not looking good, just keep the job and apply elsewhere!
    Aug 15, 2019 1
    • Amazon is one of the biggest companies out there. You can easily move internally if you're unhappy at Alexa. That's probably better than just quitting with nothing lined up, unless you don't give a fuck about having an income. Then you can still pursue external opportunities if you really want to.
      Aug 15, 2019
  • Amazon / Eng Dude58
    Create wlb. I started taking a train to work. Last train left at 5:00pm. Problem solved.
    Aug 15, 2019 0
  • Microsoft RnzI22
    PM me if you want to join a better place to work.
    Aug 15, 2019 0
  • Google topCon
    Please make Alexa smarter. Thank you
    Aug 15, 2019 0


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