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 and Fire phone. 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 thei

r 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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    Could be the best job I've ever had

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    Current Employee - Operations  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Open, transparent work environment.
    Fast pace, never a dull moment.
    Consumer electronic products are very cool.
    Great people on my team, some of the guys in Engineering are top notch.
    Operations has a big say in decisions, not just Engineering; company has a more balanced approach.
    Amazon has a culture where it feels "safe" to try new things.
    At a certain leadership level in the company, everybody spends a day at customer service call center and 3 days at an Amazon fulfillment center; it reinforces the company wide obsession with customers and with the origin of the company selling books on the internet out of Jeff Bezos' garage.
    Company is growing fast and opportunities for leadership abound.
    The hiring process is very well organized and structured. It seems to work well based on the quality of people here.
    On the other hand, Lab126 doesn't have a whole lot of business processes, so you have a certain degree of freedom in how you choose to go about your work.

    Cons

    Company is a bit too frugal in some areas; my pet peeve is reimbursement for my China phone pre-pay SIM card; they will NOT reimburse for this even though it's practically a necessity to have your own Chinese phone number when you are there 90 days a year so people can get hold of you.
    Even though we have frequent travel to China, Amazon pays for Economy tickets only.
    I like to travel, but at certain points in the year, it could be 40% depending on you you measure it. Average per year for me is 25%. Not for everyone.
    Long hours. Company has flexibility, but you also have to be flexible, especially with travel to China since we do our manufacturing over there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the work place open and transparent. Do not allow people to have "hidden agendas", in contrast to many other place I've worked in the past.
    Reconsider the travel policy. If someone is traveling to Asia more than 2-3 times/year put them in Business class.
    Calling a China pre-pay SIM card expense "International Roaming" and not reimbursing is ridiculous. We are talking about $32 USD for a two-week trip to China. If it was $1000 USD, I would understand, but let's be reasonable.

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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Amazon Lab126 in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Met team in Cupertino and then scheduled interview in Seattle. Very interesting process that included written work product before round of interviews in Seattle. One question asked to respond in writing to an email from an executive and the other asked for a redline of a contract.

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    • Tell me about a situation where you disagreed with management and how did you handle it?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Current employer made me an offer to transition to a business role.

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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 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 tablets with breakthrough hardware technology, e-readers that have revolutionized reading, and Fire TV, a tiny yet...
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Mission: To make available in less than 60 seconds every book, ever written, in any language, in print or out of print; and bring the same ease-of-use, deep integration and... More

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