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An upcoming force to be reckened with

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Former Employee - Manufacturing Test Engineer  in  Cupertino, CA
Former Employee - Manufacturing Test Engineer in Cupertino, CA

I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than a year

Pros

Good Job stability, fast paced work environment, interesting technologies to work on. Parent company Amazon is customer centric, everyone loves Amazon. Company frugality core values weighes in at a plus if you believe in it. An excellent spring board for young engineers, who might want to hang their hat here awhile. My manager was good and took the risk of letting me do a project that save the company lots of $$$$. Your milage will vary.

Cons

Bar raising system for hiring senior professionals is broken, allowing undesirables to be hired while denying people with excellent skill sets. Many black-hole projects in the emerging technologies do not have accountability visibility and do not hold true to the company's core values of frugality. Different departments are managed differently so reviews are a mixed bag. Work/Life balance is difficult, as gestation times are relatively short. Overseas travel is required by many and the company policy denies employees to fly business class. When making monthly trips to China, this will wear you out quickly.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the bar raising system and hire the very best. Enforce frugality and accountability to all black hole projects. Offer business class travel for frequent overseas travel.

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Other Reviews for Amazon Lab126

  1.  

    Fantastic

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

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

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, challenging projects.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good place, but very political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Very focussed on all aspects of the hardware and software ecosystem.
    - Has been proactively hiring good talent from all over the county.
    - Has some really top notch talent with a high degree of specialization in their expertise.

    Cons

    - Very lean, sometimes in ways that can affect day to day life. For example not providing engineers with basic stationary.
    - Some groups are highly political. Do thorough research on your manager beforehand
    - Some management personnel take undue advantage of their position, as in the case of this manager of a design tools team who would adjust his meetings based on his personal schedule such as stucco work etc., but would grumble and gripe if anyone his team requested any flexibility.
    - Some teams have a very high attrition rate. As they say, people leave the manager and not the company, so be very careful in picking out the right team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Give due consideration to hard working employees. It's the employees who finally make the team and their manager look good.
    - Promoting political managers just sheds a bad light on upper management.
    - If the company has managers who sneak out to meet interview candidates right after their on-site interviews, it's anyone's guess that there's an ulterior motive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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