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Helpful (6)

Great products, good variety of projects, but it's a grind.

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Product Management in Cupertino, CA
Former Employee - Product Management in Cupertino, CA

I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time (More than a year)

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

Pros

- Being responsible for Amazon branded consumer electronics
- Working with the highest caliber people around
- Great exposure to how Amazon as a major corporation operates
- Bezos is a great leader
- Amazon Leadership Principles work well

Cons

- Decision making is done at the VP or higher level, regardless of whether a person has more experience in a given area than their management.
- Constant questioning of judgement and over justification of decisions that could be made in a fraction of the time and effort
- Poor work/life balance
- Really good compensation for those who perform in the top 20% in the company, but it is almost entirely stock based after your 2 year anniversary. Solid performers (70% of the company) see little upside year over year.
- Frugality to the point of stupidity in some cases (e.g. no one can fly business class on international trips, even if a person goes many times per year).
- Almost all decisions require writing an essay of less than 6 pages. Writing these papers can be very tedious and overbearing for smaller decisions. But, they are required to inform upper management who make all of the decisions.

Advice to Management

- Push decision making down lower into the organization. Not every product decision needs to occur at the VP and higher level.
- Be more aggressive on promoting your best talent or you will risk losing them to companies who are willing to bet on those people.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Burn and churn company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    good compensation, senior management are very technical, smart people

    Cons

    Long hours all year long: 60-80hr/week; management/tpm promise dates without communicating to developers; software quality and technical debt are not paid, maintenance is difficult which resulted in long hours; new feature come in 2 weeks before product ship

    Advice to Management

    hire better tpm(s) and do proper planning; evaluate managers not only on deliverable but also on how many people left the team


  2. Helpful (19)

    Bullying by management; scapegoating by peers.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I worked 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

    You get to have "Amazon" on your resume.

    You may get to work on highly visible shipping product which could be a bad thing... like the Fire Phone flop.

    Cons

    General exploitation of employees: low compensation, miniscule raises, bubble stock, long hours, expensive benefits, toxic culture, political minefield, insulting yearly review process. New office location is terrible, mass exodus of employees is occurring.

    Work on ho-hum products with a bunch of stupid jerks who will take credit for your achievements.

    Those that try to excel at work here will be punished, being an "average" robot worker is rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Your indifference is the problem.


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