What companies have relaxed work so I can use my weekdays for personal projects?



Amazon, Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Apple
Jun 11, 2019 22 Comments

At Amazon, I do not get time to work on my personal projects. I miss the quality time I used to spend on my personal projects. They used to be my foundation of technical expertise at work. There's just so much work in a two week sprint and the constant fear (in my mind) of not being in the bottom 10% because everyone else working their ass off. Weekends time, outside of on-calls, is insufficient considering so many things to do at home and I have a family.

TC: 240K


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TOP 22 Comments
  • I suppose most of them are better than Amazon.
    From personal experience, at Oracle I could spend as much time as I wanted on anything.
    At Google I am seeing half of my coworkers doing exactly nothing (zero code written in a year).
    Jun 11, 2019 3
    • VMware ItsAlrite
      Which org is like this? I heard some orgs have worse WLB than Amazon, for ex GCP
      Jun 11, 2019
    • Apps
      Jun 12, 2019
  • Twitter hodgesodge
    So you're saying you are too busy working during the day and don't have the chance to not work? .... Yeashhhh
    Jun 11, 2019 0
  • Zillow Group Sr. Troll
    Become a PM
    Jun 11, 2019 0
  • HBO has an excellent WLB where you can do a good job at work and still have a life outside of the workplace to do whatever you please.
    Jun 11, 2019 2
    • AT&T / Eng DisUser
      What's y'all's pay scale like for SWE? At ATT, it's shit.
      Jun 11, 2019
    • It varies a lot depending on who you talk to and what org they are in. As I understand it, TC can be comparable for similarly leveled SWEs at Zillow and Amazon. Again, that is a very generic statement as some individuals get massive pay checks that don’t at all conform to that (in either direction).
      Jun 12, 2019
  • Microsoft stpD71
    Come to Microsoft office team
    Jun 11, 2019 1
    • Microsoft YuGiOh
      Nooooooo we really don't need more slackers
      Jun 12, 2019
  • Oracle Burnol
    Personal projects == Leetcode?
    Jun 12, 2019 0
  • Snapchat eeXB43
    same experience i had in Amazon, but I had so much passion for my project I spent my extra time on that eventually quit.
    Jun 11, 2019 4
    • Amazon amaholic
      Did your extra project result in anything tangible (income pov) or better expertise?
      Jun 11, 2019
    • Snapchat eeXB43
      it might in the future, but it helped me a lot to learn new stuff and land my new job too
      Jun 11, 2019
  • I just accepted an offer at Amazon. I still love my personal projects. Is this a common theme across Amazon? Grind at all times?
    Jun 11, 2019 2
    • Snapchat eeXB43
      It is
      Jun 11, 2019
    • Amazon lgtmshipit
      It's the norm, but there are some exceptions.
      Jun 11, 2019
  • Microsoft dugdig
    Microsoft Windows or Office related orgs
    Jun 11, 2019 0
  • eBay / Other ebabe
    Jun 11, 2019 0


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