Amazon Lab126

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Amazon Lab126 Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
107 Reviews
3.1
107 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for intern to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will work on a real-life challenging project. Intern are taken great care of.

    Cons

    Work-life balance might be hard to achieve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not fantastic, not bad

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

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

    Pros

    Compared to Apple, work-life balance is much better. After moving to new campus, shuttle bus service is provided, which is great.

    Cons

    Big company but insurance package is disappointing... Laptop is heavy, the management does not really care about making engineers happy, but seems care much less about travel cost control...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Hardware Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Bold company, extremely customer centric. Very good working environment. If you are arrogant, you would be humbled immediately by the positive culture in the company.

    Management allows you to grow into the role that you would like to, as long as you could prove on the current role.

    CEO - passion for technology drives the company

    Cons

    Higher management strategy needs to right

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ruthless to the upper management, who do not deliver

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of opportunities and challenges, extremely busy

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 part-time

    Pros

    Challenging and startup culture, lots of work and expected to do everything

    Cons

    Crazy schedule, little time for thinking and design, rue development of software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I have worked here for several years and still look forward to coming to work each day. Must be doing something right.

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

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative (magical) new products that push the boundaries and surprise and delight customers. Great leadership driven by a visionary CEO who continues to make us think out-of-the-box.

    Cons

    Working on products that include leading edge technology that needs to make it into robust high volume manufacturing can be challenging and involve long hours however the satisfaction when you see the product announced overrides that quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pushing technology is great to work on and fun to see in a product but we must not forget that it needs to have a real or perceived benefit to customers and not be technology for technologies sake.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Why glass door always put the positive reviews in front of the negative ones?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SDEII in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - SDEII in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    NONE, worst company I've ever seen.
    Well... If good at brown nosing, best place for you in bay area.

    Cons

    TONES of.
    TOP 1. POLITICS. Reorg, Reorg,Reorg.
    2. No innovations. No tech-depth. Copy, copy, copy. Make the copied worse, worse, worse.
    3. Low hiring bar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your nose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with a solid future!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great team and a tech savy manager who is understanding and pragmatic.
    We work on the latest tech and customer challenging issues.There are no boundaries to learning out here.
    The folks you would interact with are the best in this industry.This company has a flat hierarchy so everyone including the management is extremely technology oriented and hands on.

    Prior to joining,I read a lot of reviews on this site which indicated that this place would be a slaveshop and that this was not a family friendly company.

    I would like to reiterate this is NOT TRUE!!! You would put in around the same hours as you would
    in any other bay area company.

    Cons

    Health benefits are average(definitely needs improvement) and the cafe really needs significant improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more visibility in the company's future roadmap.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had a really great experience here.
    Very nice people, and although people are working hard, there's a sense of building something cool, and also great mentorship. Management is very professional.

    Cons

    It's a big company. And if you want to run fast and change the world - it's not the right place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build small entrepreneurial teams, and let them run forward with great new ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't know what the hell they're doing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Thought it would be exciting to be a part of history in the making - benefits are good. I found the pay to be better but some co-workers say they pay low. Work like balance is good because I'm bored.

    Cons

    Leadership is not leading. People are in it for themselves. There is NO communication from the top down when making Org changes. Must be Bezo's way of pushing along natural attrition. I can't wait to get out of here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great. Get to work on top notch technology. Ability to solve cool tech problems that be good for the career,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the smart folks in tech market.
    work on challenging problems
    reasonably sane work hours

    Cons

    Frugality
    No benefits compared to other silicon valley companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less re-org and focus on employees to like customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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