Amazon Lab126 – Why Work For Us?


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Amazon Lab126 is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile devices like the Kindle family of products. Lab126 began in 2004 as a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc.

Since then, we have worked to produce best-selling e-readers and tablets, as well as new inventions like Fire TV, Fire phone, and Amazon Echo. What will you help us create?

Work hard. Have fun. Make history. 



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Quality assurance engineers Melissa and Jammie in our new office

Amazon Lab126 is filled with people who love what they do and the products we design and engineer. Our ​​​​​​​​​teams are smart, inventive and roll up their sleeves to get the job done. We strive for ingenuity and simplicity, always keeping the customer in mind.

We work in a nimble and flexible environment of a subsidiary of Amazon.com, a forward-thinking Fortune 500 global leader. We are growing and fast-paced, challenging ourselves to build on the success of the Kindle family of products. The culture is still evolving at Amazon Lab126, and it’s an exciting time to join us.

We hope you will join our team and build on the Kindle family of products. Get involved one of our affinity groups, like Bay Area Women @ Amazon, watch Air Force One landing through our office windows by Moffett Federal Airfield in Sunnyvale, and enjoy working in the beautiful Bay Area. We also have offices in Boston and Seattle.


​​​​​​​​​Work hard. Have fun. Make history.​​

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We are looking for skilled, self-driven professionals ready to tackle a challenge. At Amazon Lab126, you will work with whip-smart colleagues in the Silicon Valley to develop devices like the Kindle Fire that will impact millions of Amazon customers. Think big, take ownership of projects, and dream up evolving high-profile devices backed by one of the world’s most innovative companies. We are seeking people with talent in engineering, design, operations, and more.​​​​​​

University Recruiting ​​​​​



​We are seeking university students and new college graduates who are inventive, thoughtful, and curious. Are you interested in impacting technology for over 150 million Amazon customers worldwide?

​Join us and work with an experienced cross-disciplinary team to design, engineer, and develop high-profile consumer electronics products like Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD. As an intern or new hire, you will have the autonomy to think strategically, own your work, and implement your ideas in a fast-paced environment. We have already revolutionized the book – this is just the beginning.

We are looking for interns and new graduates in the areas of hardware engineering, software engineering, UX/UI, product design, and operations. View open positions and apply on our careers page.

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​​​​​http://lab126.com/university-recruiting.htm 

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Principal Operations Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Operations Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - (Mostly) transparent management, open door policy, less politics than some other companies
    - Room to take initiative, fill in gaps where you see them
    - Hotels in China are first rate, if you need to travel there
    - New products in the works are interesting
    - Recent introduction of audio cloud computing product is evidence that Lab126 is not done innovating
    - Can take pride in working for a high profile customer-focused company
    - Sometimes when people decide to depart, it creates opportunity for those who stay

    Cons

    - Decision making process is unclear
    - It's taken a while to regroup after the Fire phone flop
    - Growth has slowed or even stopped, in contrast to expansion over past 3-4 years
    - Need new products in a new category to spur new grow
    - Economy class travel to China

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even though I worked my tail off on the Fire phone, and then had to witness a market failure, I thoroughly enjoyed my team and we delivered the HW product Jeff Bezos asked for. It was the most satisfying project of my career.

    Morale has taken a hit, and I advise management to take action(s) which will make employees feel valued. Keep employees informed on the state of the business.

    Allow employees who travel frequently to China to fly business class. A compromise might be after 2 or 3 overseas flights in a 12 month period, allow business class. I have found I spend more time working when I'm comfortable. In economy class, I can't even open my laptop all the way.

    Encourage more collaboration with Amazon business leaders in Seattle, solicit and follow up on the best product ideas suggested by the many whip smart employees. Find ways to spur innovation.

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Amazon Lab126 Interviews

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    Interview Details

    All interviews conducted in a room off the main entrance lobby, no tours of work environment. Interviewers could not be specific about technology(s) skills required for the role, or about the product(s) one would work on due to need to avoid disclosing 'secrets'. I did not get an offer, and it would have been difficult to make a decision without more information, or taking a leap of faith.

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Amazon Lab126 Awards & Accolades

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Innovation Award, The Economist, 2011
The World's Most inDemand Employers, LinkedIn, 2013
Top 10 Most Reputable Companies, Forbes, 2013
World's Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2013
Best Global Brands, Interbrand, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.lab126.com
Headquarters Sunnyvale, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Operated By Amazon.com
Founded 2004
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Information Technology

Amazon Lab126 is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronic devices like the Kindle family of products. Lab126 began in 2004 as a subsidiary of Amazon.com. Since then, we have worked to produce hardware and software for best-selling devices, including Fire HDX, Kindle Voyage, Amazon Fire TV, and the Amazon Fire... More

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