Will I regret Amazon?

New / Eng iozP82
Dec 12, 2019 62 Comments

To experienced people who worked/work at Amazon.

So I got offer with first year TC of 230k Seattle. I am 30.

I mean considering it's all cash and no state tax it's not bad money at all.

Few months ago Google recruiter reached out to me and I didn't care much cause I didn't have time for months of interview preparations, I kinda decided just to try in the end but didn't even get through phone interview.

After that I felt angry and decided to practice for interviews, Amazon reached out so I decided to give a try for onsite just for practice. The onsite was pretty easy and most people people interviewing were actually from the team and they said they liked me and all. And recruiter pushed for me to give a quick answer.

I think I should be higher level but it's hard to show it, so working a bit for Amazon could give me that experience, and if I am able to move up good if not then I could probably move somewhere else more easily and gain some expertise.

Is it possible I will get PIPed even if I do good? If I don't work more than 40 hours regularly? Do you get severance if you do? Can it happen in first year?

All I hear here is Google good Amazon bad, but I am interested in large scale non SV companies. So I don't have too many options.

Let me know if somebody can give me a bit coaching via Rooftopslushie or something else.

Also, my goal isn't money really, but making real impact, ideally I would have my own startup or somewhere high level in a startup, so that would be ideal goal for me

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TOP 62 Comments
  • Credit Karma Confused😕
    Same boat.
    Having doubts about jumping ship to Amazon
    Dec 12, 2019 11
    • New 19748
      Hahah yesss!
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Amazon WinnerC
      1 in 10 of you jumping ship to Amazon will be devlisted. Looking forward to seeing your posts in the Amazon blind channel lol.
      Dec 12, 2019
  • US Navy / Eng fps_doug
    I'm in a similar boat. Tried Google, failed, got Amazon in the meantime, but downleveled, pay is great though. Still want to push for Google when I'm locked and loaded. Don't wanna get killed by Amazon in the meantime though due to PIP, bad WLB etc
    Dec 12, 2019 9
    • New / Eng iozP82
      OP
      Hiring manager interviewed me and was excited for me and said it's core hours of 10-4.. it's like is it good sign or a trap?
      Dec 12, 2019
    • New / Eng LGNj72
      Core hours mean nothing - some people will come early (rare) and others very late
      Dec 13, 2019
  • Amazon grindhard
    Honestly, cash aside, Amazon doesn’t seem like a good place to work. If Amazon paid average, no one would work there. For people who have other FANG level offers, I doubt they’d choose Amazon. For people like myself who only gotten into Amazon of the fang level companies, it’s worth going through the grind.
    Dec 12, 2019 10
    • New / Eng iozP82
      OP
      So for at least half year I could be fine?
      Dec 12, 2019
    • New / Eng iozP82
      OP
      I am worried if I'll learn more or just be tired more.
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Amazon WinnerC
    Truthfully its a total coin toss. I was one of the unlucky to be on a shit project,... but Ive heard from others who love they what they do.

    Personally Im leaving because I cant stay in the city I want to be and do the engineering that I want at Amazon and my skip didnt like me for whatever reason. Anyway, good luck.
    Dec 12, 2019 15
    • New / Eng iozP82
      OP
      Ugh.. well at least this means that working overtime doesn't change anything.. I'll just try to work reasonable hours, have enough energy to deal with BS, and it will work for some time? If not I don't even know how they survive..
      Dec 13, 2019
    • Amazon WinnerC
      I think as a rule, if you switch teams... do it before december. Olr in devices starts december mid to late november.
      Dec 13, 2019
  • Amazon pabdvm
    If you are not horrible to work with, can give and take feedback, adapt to Amazons ways of doing things, and can deliver results, you will be totally fine. Most horror stories are from people who got really unlucky and don't transfer teams early enough (writing on the wall) or they are not some one you'd want on your team. Amazon has entire orgs of extraordinary people, they wouldn't stay if Amazon were miserable for everyone, don't get freaked out by Blind.
    Dec 12, 2019 5
    • New / Eng iozP82
      OP
      @ash_ketch wow you joining too, join our group :D what ive seen sometimes is people say that LPs are used in an off way, like arguing is fine, but arguing just for the sake of it is horrible, so I can see how each LP could be used in the wrong way to what you would assume
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Of course disagreeing is fine. Dont be a jerk about it and debate/argue for your cause. Commit to your decision/choice but at the same time hear your team mates and be humble and know when to back down because you can be wrong too.

      I feel like thats almost common sense. Thats why I think Blind reviews are wayyyy over exaggerated and not reality.
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Amazon lab666
    Join if you'd like to hate life.
    Jan 2 1
    • Credit Karma Pizza🍕🍕
      If I keep reading Blind more about Amazon I am gonna renege my offer then 😂
      Biggest point is not other people but employees themselves complain so much about Amazon
      Jan 2
  • Capco dmodemd
    From what I have experienced, Google can have their pick of Amazonian as they easily offer more TC and benefits for the level than Amazon. Amazon still needs to hire thousands but it seems they might be losing as many as they are gaining. I worry that with Amazon's managing mid performers to bottom of the salary band they are just going to turn them off, especially as the stock has flattened or will decline. They haven't had to deal much with what happens when you are so leveraged on equity and then the stock drops... your people evacuate.
    Dec 13, 2019 0
  • Amazon gg898
    I joined a couple months ago and already thinking about leaving this year. Do not like it. Old employer was better

    Team I joined didn't even exist 2 weeks after I started
    Jan 3 0
  • US Navy / Eng fps_doug
    What's your current TC? If it's a big TC bump all the more reason to join Amazon for now
    Dec 12, 2019 1
    • New / Eng iozP82
      OP
      It is, but absolutely not what I hope for me in near future (unless if it was more flexible and partly remote)
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Can someone get me into amazon dm me I need resume help etc
    Dec 12, 2019 0

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