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Lab126 Review

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Former Employee - Principal Builder in Cupertino, CA
Former Employee - Principal Builder in Cupertino, CA

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

Pros

Great culture, great products, great location

Cons

Nothing at all, I loved Lab!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the great work!

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great while it was a start-up - Amazon sunk their control and paws in once Kindle was successful.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of internal on line resources available if your boss let's you use them. Good discount on Amazon products. Working on a leading edge successful product was fulfilling.

    Cons

    Long hours - especially if one is on someone's list (in a position of power's bad side). Pressure to do things the way they do it in Seattle - what works in Seattle must work for all affiliates every where. A lot of software managers were or are H1-B visa holders(born outside USA). So management style has a very "yes" expectation from sub-ordinates and political. The culture is the opposite of American style - apple pie, baseball, etc...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend resources on making a Linux office desktop/laptop image -- MS windows for laptops is very old school. Hire more IT workers in Cupertino not managers. Google has goobuntu - put a couple of engineers on making a standard Linux image for laptops to replace MS Windows on laptops for internal use @ Lab126/Amazon.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    A dream job at the world's best-funded startup

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant engineers
    CEO with a long-term, coherent vision
    Growing fast, but at a measured pace and with a plan
    Really does put the customer first, in everything
    Not afraid to take big risks and fail

    Cons

    Lean principles for manufacturing don't always apply to knowledge workers
    Frugality can be a bit disappointing (very few amenities)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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