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

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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 (15)

    Do your research - ask around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You'll ship product. Planning for projects is quite different than other companies. If you're on the platform (i.e. integration) team it's just constant churn, same thing every product. Maybe learn a new component but nothing to enhance your SW development skills if hired as SDE. Promotion possibilities are extremely limited on the platform team. Look up Amazon OLR to understand why. You'll be hired as an SDE at a specific level with specific requirements of what the job entails, but the position you'll get on the platform team does not match the SDE requirements. If you're hired as an SDEIII which would be design work. How much design work is involved in integration? Something to consider. Outside of the platform team you may have better opportunity. Seems like unless you're on a team from Seattle your prospects are limited.

    Cons

    you won't have vacation, weekends, or family time. I spent a couple of my vacations working. If you're on the platform team plan on scheduling weekends to get them off.

    Advice to Management

    Certain managers, during their ghost hunts like to have 3 hour meetings. Let the engineers figure out the problems versus Directors. The engineers are actually quite good .


  2. Helpful (6)

    Burn and churn company

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    • 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


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