Amazon Lab126

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Too much to do, too little time

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

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

Pros

- Working on consumer products that are popular with the public
- Opportunity to work with and learn from a lot of intelligent people
- Being a part of the Amazon vision

Cons

- Corporate politics is alive and strong here.
- Frugal to a fault.
- Management doesn't like to promote from within and often times would rather hire from outside even if that person has no direct experience.
- Lack of vision from senior executives.
- Due to lack of vision, product definition takes place too slowly leaving engineers scrambling to deliver a product in too short of a time frame. During prototyping phase, this doesn't leave enough time to address problems and provide fixes before another build comes up.
- Management likes to force unproven technology into products during short development cycles much to the chagrin of engineers.
- Although this is a technology company, certain groups within the company have too strong a say into what engineering should and shouldn't design, even though they have no direct experience.
- Little to no career advancement opportunities.
- RSU vesting period leaves employee with very little if they do not stay until the multi-year vesting period ends.
- Too many managers and not enough engineers. "Too much to to, too little time" due there being a lack of engineers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Promote from within
- Start product definition earlier so that engineers aren't scrambling to meet short product delivery schedules
- Let your engineering groups determine best course of action rather than being forced into certain designs from other groups
- Get some vision
- Hire more engineers

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Good place to learn and have fun

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Working with very intelligent people
    Working on cutting-edge technology

    Cons

    Work load is sometime overwhelming.

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    some Management lacks vision. Politics and bad hiring decisions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Great to be part of consumer devices which believes in customer satisfaction. other than that nothing to point here.
    Few managers are excellent at their duties and understand the role exceptionally.

    Cons

    some poor manager (specially in QA org) at the top. lacks a technical skills in this fast paced environment.
    Very poor work-life balance.
    Management lacks vision and do not convey plans to employees. Not transparent enough.
    day-to-day slips and change of plans. very badly co-ordinated.
    a bit too frugal at times.
    too many hours and lack of appreciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't just read to employee surveys and yearly reviews, but ACT
    Hire skilled people, specially at TPM and in QA organizations.
    better manage employee's work/life balance.
    Appreciate Employees with better rewards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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