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Lab126, an Amazon.com company - product development center behind the Kindle

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

I worked at Amazon Lab126

Pros

Amazon has fantastic customer service and this influences the development of the Kindle in a positive way. More data driven than other companies.

Cons

Culture emphasizes looking at the employee as a glass half empty.
Values thriftiness to a demoralizing fault.
Overdoes it on promoting internally - senior managers are leading efforts they have no experience in and obviously stumble and haven't a clue on how to begin - bring in someone from the outside who is experienced and let them lead the effort.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do a competitive analysis of yourself as company against other valley companies and see how you measure in terms of compensation/treatment of employees - the recession won't last forever and the good ones will leave.

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  1. 19 people found this helpful

    Used to be great in the early days, then Amazon corporate ruined it

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    Kindle is a very successful product; looks good on your resume
    A few really great engineers are still there
    During my tenure, in the early days of e-readers, we were working on cutting-edge technology and ideas (no longer the case)
    Small discount when shopping at Amazon.com

    Cons

    It stopped being fun and innovative once Amazon corporate took over the software group
    Managers can be very mean to the engineers; recognition for a job well done only applies to managers' buddies
    I was given a dismal review after a year of no feedback from my manager, despite my asking repeatedly for feedback and turning in weekly status reports, and having made major contributions to the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX
    Very high turnover of workforce (tells you something about what it's like to work there nowadays)
    Has grown too much for its own good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start all over with a new, small, innovative subsidiary which is independent of Amazon headquarters, and *please* get rid of the "Darth Vader" local managers!

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    Current Employee - Device Associate in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Device Associate in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    Casual Culture
    Good environment
    sodexos
    flexible timing
       Initially a good place but gets tedious as days pass.

    Cons

    Less growth
    Low compensation
    No work life balence

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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