Amazon Lab126 Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
132 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
3.1
132 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Jeff Bezos
32 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Excellent energetic place

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

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management encourages new ideas.
    Company bus picks up from many parts of the Bay Area.

    Cons

    Very good company. I don't see any cons of working there.

  2. Sr SW engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer (Platform) in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer (Platform) in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people you can learn from.
    Fun projects, some are truly innovative.
    Customer-oriented design - for the most part you do what people are likely to buy, and quality standards are high.

    Cons

    Directions on lowering the price of the devices are sometimes not helping to improve quality, although it is still reasonably high.
    Some very interesting products are getting closed for unclear reasons. Fire phone is one good example. Despite the product fiasco, it was a quality phone, and the team was ready to deliver more, but the whole phone business got closed. All because of overestimating the importance of a "dynamic perspective" that Bezos seem to like.
    Salary increases are really frugal.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the engineers.
    Appreciate their hard work.
    Reward success better than you do failure.
    Find a way to deal with Seattle to the Lab's benefit.

  3. Great project though had to put in 60 hour weeks

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - The project given to us was really challenging
    - Got to work with smart people
    - Learnt a lot of things during my time here

    Cons

    - Most of the weeks were more than 60 hours
    - Food is really a problem
    - The project even though exciting and challenging was of no real value
    - Culture is not really open, information flow is on a need to know basis

    Advice to Management

    Needs to treat employees better. Example cafeteria needs a upgrade. It is ok to be a bit less frugal

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Sr. Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

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

    Pros

    Get to work on real products in Android embedded system

    Cons

    Lack of real leadership. Too much politics.

    Advice to Management

    Value the hardworking engineers.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Regrouping to deliver some promising new products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Software Engineer (Android)

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're on a good team with smart coworkers, it can be a great place to learn and collaborate. Lab126 has a lot of ongoing R&D work so there are some cool devices and features to work on. It's cool as an Android engineer since their devices run on their own version of the operating system (FireOS), so you even have the flexibility to make changes to the Android framework.

    Cons

    Engineers have almost zero ability to make an impact. The directives come top-down from Jeff Bezos and the goal is just to execute his vision. It was a pretty gloomy atmosphere working on the fire phone because no one believed in the product nor wanted those features for themselves (does anyone feel that the extra battery drain and device weight of SIX front-facing cameras is a worthwhile tradeoff for true parallax??).

    Absolutely and utterly devoid of perks; free coffee is it, the cafeteria is unsubsidized. Poor location in Sunnyvale. Stark cubicle environment.

    At the end of the day, Amazon is a retail company and their hardware bread-and-butter is midrange low-priced high-utility devices so don't expect to work on anything too exciting or cutting edge.

    Lots of problems with the company's internal tools and lots of productivity hampered by build breaks and non-working tools.

    Very difficult to work from home; in fact it's almost impossible if you're working on prototype devices (though that is understandable that you can't bring them home).

    Advice to Management

    Give the engineers the opportunity to make an impact in terms of product direction.

  8. Good company. Nice environment. People are willing to help you. A great start for a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Reliability Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Reliability Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting. Sufficient fund. Challenging. You can change your group based on your interest.

    Cons

    Sometimes long working time. Less work/life balance.

  9. Helpful (2)

    SDE

    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nothing i can think of except how much ever amazon stocks you canget

    Cons

    One of the worst companies ever . This company ( if you can call it ) is full of politics and manipulation. Gets re-orged every 3 months . seems like you are in the musical chair untill the music stops and you are treated like cr@$. if you can survive the politics and can su$% up to it , up to lab126. HR non-existant . Lots of favoritism of people who can s#$% up. Managers non-technical and just plain political and manipulative . people are here just to get the amazon stocks and leave, however i know many people who were trapped on sign on bonus ( to block u ) and left lab in few months , even at the cost of paying back the sign on bonus.No growth at all. frugality at its best. eben many senior management leaving. there products never did great and amazon can no longer sustain loss being non-profitable .

    Advice to Management

    someone should act as a whistle blower

  10. Helpful (1)

    Working at Lab126

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard, good benefits

    Cons

    nominal opportunity for growth, no place to eat nearby, cafeteria food is bad.

    Advice to Management

    yearly bonus, opportunity for promotion for women

  11. Software Tools Engineer II

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Light minded, fun and smart people to work with
    flexible schedules

    Cons

    poor Compensation & Benefits
    long hours with no rewards

Amazon Lab126 Photos

Work at Amazon Lab126? Share Your Experiences

Amazon Lab126

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.