Amazon Lab126

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Amazon Lab126 Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
120 Reviews
3.9
120 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Compared to Apple, work-life balance is much better (in 4 reviews)

  • The people are the best I've worked with and we've seen great products result from our combined efforts (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, most people are married to their jobs and neglect their families (in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours - especially if one is on someone's list (in a position of power's bad side) (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Crazy amount of great stuffs to do here. But getting more political everyday

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SDM in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - SDM in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    A lot of great projects, a lot of great people. A lot of things to learn and be excellent yourself. Good people here really know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Too many projects, too many Chefs. Too many conflicting priorities and good people get burn out. Benefits and Comp is Ok, but no Google/Facebook/Apple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around on people's badge,, the big ship is running largely on new people who does not know the ins and outs yet. A lot of turnover and the rest are fighting fire constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Process intense, political and lots of travel

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Nice gym.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Too many projects without clear objective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working experience at Amazon

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    Good working environment, a lot of cool stuff under development

    Cons

    Too much projects around and need good communications skills to accordinate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great potential tainted by horrible management.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    get to work with upcoming consumer electronics (they are definitely not the biggest, but were visible, which all changed after the fire phone disaster).

    Cons

    Expect working crazy hours, be on phone after coming home till midnight (if you have to work with China team), travel frequently in economy class (15 hr flights cramped) and except to go to factory upon landing.
    All the work does not pay off. Expect to be in the same level with getting infinitesimal rises, no bonus, no promotion.
    The place thrives in ugly politics, brown nosing, in-fighting between teams, which will destroy your ability to do anything. If you get a bad manager, who is unable to stand up to these attacks, along with that person, you too will feel the pain.
    There is an exodus of folks after fire phone failure. If you are getting what you think might be an unbelievable offer to come and join, then it is too good to be true. They are trying hard to retain folks now. Also, even in the past, when they were doing better, they have an unsaid rule of 10% attrition. They will kick out 10% of the employees every year, it is the way of making you chase the carrot till you find your way out, or they will do it for you. Also be aware that even though Amazon retail might be doing well, the hardware division and their hardware products are not. Just because you see them on the home page of Amazon does not mean they are top seller (in fact the opposite). They never report the number of devices sold for a good reason (if they did, Amazon's stock will tank). They are too much in the red (loosing way too much money and spending way too much for product that dont sell well), that if Amazon was not there to back it up, Lab126 should have declared bankruptcy by now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize employees who perform, expect genuine results, dont reward politics (we are engineers not politicians), have a vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't fall for the bait and switch - this place is dysfunctional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Work/life balance - some teams are more busy than others, but on average the hours are reasonable

    Cons

    -No clear definition of roles and responsibilities - expect to get hired for a job, and get stuck doing something completely different
    -Terrible management - some of the worst managers I have ever worked with. The culture is to lead by fear and intimidation. Productive dialogues are non-existent, with most conversations concentrating on the negative
    -Very little diversity in upper management - everyone looks like Bezos in leadership. Don't expect to be managed by a person of color or a woman.
    -No transparency/communication - there are virtually no internal communications; teams work in silos and refuse to speak to each other or work together
    -DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA - constant posturing between Seattle, India and Sunnyvale teams with little collaboration or communication. There is a lot of backstabbing and manipulation to get ahead.
    -Constant reorgs - a revolving door of managers and team members so there is no sense of team or ownership
    -Don't expect the usual Silicon Valley perks - "frugal" = cheap; at the beginning of your tenure you receive a company backpack which you are expected to return when you leave
    -Office is located in the middle of nowhere with no lunch options except for the horrible company cafeteria (which you have to pay for)
    -Stock options take a long time to vest, contributing to the already high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your employees aren't happy, the customer experience is bound to suffer. Value your employees more and maybe they would stick around. Management needs to have a clear direction for where they want to go and execute to that vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    A place to build something

    Cons

    Paid less than other company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at stock option compesation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, mediocre people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Cool products, more emphasis on innovation than "normal" Amazon. Very long hours but I'm usually willing to stay, pretty exciting to work on new projects.

    Cons

    Not much company culture except occasional bonding events. A lot of people leaving after fire phone launch. Evil director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less officious

  9.  

    Software Engineer Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    Very pleasant management and benefits

    Cons

    Trouble working with teams across different cities

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    look at 1 yr avg turnover rate - there's a reason for this

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager

    I worked at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    excellent technical people to work with, some cool projects

    Cons

    mgmt is dysfunctional and PMs not technically skilled often, lots of cross team competitiveness (back stabbing), projects often misrepresented to Bezos, morale problems and high turnover, expect huge (unpaid) overtime, amazon is frugal sloggan means cheap and that's how employees are treated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to sort out the power struggles between cupertino and seattle mgmt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company with reorg

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    Developing Mobile products constantly. CEO has the vision

    Cons

    Poor Middle level management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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