Why is it so easy to get into Amazon?

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Dec 12, 2019 52 Comments

At least easier than, say, Google. Is this recent? What do you think is the reason? I am starting to feel like its no real accomplishment to get into Amazon anymore and they just hire anyone.

I am not trying to be condescending or humble brag. I’ve just also read a lot of people on here say “just go to amazon then reapply to Google later” so it seems to be a common perception. Curious to hear the discussion.


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TOP 52 Comments
  • I knew a guy with a 2.8 GPA in college (due to drugs) who now works at Amazon
    Dec 12, 2019 10
    • New / Eng iozP82
      Yeah I've read his biographies. Most not boring person
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Amazon / HR 🍌nutmufnz
      Lol are you a new grad? Nobody cares about GPA.
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Damn I got into amazon...It’s an achievement for me 😕
    Dec 12, 2019 4
    • Amazon thule
      It's a great place to learn, especially if you want to build really good distributed systems.
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Google qScM73
      @woftsare nothing wrong with feeling that way. AMZN helped me move on to bigger and better things. Regardless of what people tell you the brand still counts on your resume.
      Dec 23, 2019
  • Google phYh45
    Fast hire, fast fire. Not much to lose by lowering the bar since they are willing to fire bad performers quickly. Also the top talent pool generally take other FAANG offers over Amazon because of Amazon's reputation of being the easiest FAANG and the way it treat its employees. So they necessarily have to lower the bar to fill their numerous headcount.

    Google on the other hand hardly ever fires and is highly desired. So they try to keep the bar really high assuming they're gonna keep and invest in each hire.
    Dec 12, 2019 0
  • Amazon rainingice
    Lot of people come in and lot of people go out especially new grads. Amazon has been recently hiring new grads with one test and phone screen. But they also get weeded out easily.

    No matter how they came in Amazon rewards if you are a high performer and pips you out if you aren’t, apparently they don’t care about prestige when they hand out the offers easily.
    Dec 12, 2019 7
    • Roku crueIIa
      Wait what's dev list and what's pivot?
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Development list.
      Pivot = you choose to pivot out/leave or take your chance at PIP. Chances are low at PIP, minds already been made. You should have shown great improvement as soon as you get put on dev list and if your manager is halfway decent he should have evidence on what you need to improve on etc.
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Microsoft codingaway
    It’s like Microsoft. If you know the hiring manager, you can get in even if you do poorly. I guess it is common at companies who underpay or exploit their employees.
    Dec 12, 2019 1
    • This is blatantly incorrect. This only applies to msft.
      Dec 12, 2019
  • 1) they’re growing like crazy
    2) high churn
    Dec 12, 2019 3
    • You dont have to have new things to grow like crazy.
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Exactly. But to be clear they launch an incredible amount of products and have so much left in the pipeline
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Northrop Grumman wiz🧙🏻‍♂️
    Cuz they’re not afraid to boot your ass
    Dec 12, 2019 0
  • AT&T


    Easy to get out. Turnover
    Dec 12, 2019 0
  • Yahoo techleet
    So much for "hire and develop the best"
    Dec 12, 2019 2
    • Amazon thule
      Hire and develop the most+fire and PIP the worst
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Amazon _Hokage_
      It’s a semantically correct statement. Hire [pause] and develop the best [of them]
      Dec 13, 2019
  • Cruise Automation ape-polo
    Because of supply and demand. Amazon is desperate to hire minions for its slave ships. Given the absurd attrition rate there, as well as an overall bad reputation which they've rightfully acquired, they need more people than are available. So the bar drops. Simple economics.
    Dec 13, 2019 1


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