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Amazon Lab126 Overview

www.lab126.com
Sunnyvale, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Amazon
2004
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Information Technology
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Amazon Lab126 is an inventive San Francisco Bay Area research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronic devices. We engineer devices like Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, Amazon Fire TV, and Amazon Echo.

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Mission: As the Amazon devices team, we deliver instant access to everything—digital or physical—from anywhere, via delightfully unique Amazon experiences that make life easier and more fun.

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Amazon Lab126 – Why Work For Us?


In 2004, the Amazon team had a vision: To improve upon the physical book, making it easier than ever for customers to discover and enjoy books. Gregg Zehr, vice president of hardware engineering at Palm Computing at the time, was part of the group that accepted the challenge. In October 2004, Gregg formed a small team, moved into a shared space in a Palo Alto law library, and got to work. Amazon Lab126 was born.

After three years of research and development, the first Kindle e-reader launched with 90,000 e-books on November 19, 2007. The Lab126 team watched a live broadcast of the announcement from New York, holding their breaths as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced Kindle. 5.5 hours later, Kindle was sold out.

The team has expanded rapidly since then, producing a variety of new, innovative products from Amazon Fire TV to Amazon Echo. With headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, the team engineers devices with the same spirit that fueled the first inventors.

We've come a long way, but it's still day one.




 


Amazon has hundreds of millions of customers who can benefit from diversity of thought. We are a company of builders who bring varying backgrounds, ideas, and points of view to inventing on behalf of our customers. Our diverse perspectives come from many sources including gender, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, culture, education, as well as professional and life experience. We are working to develop leaders and shape future talent pools to help us meet the needs of our customers around the world.

Building Community

Our Affinity Groups like Glamazon and Asians at Amazon bring people together across businesses and geographies. They also provide critical inputs and insights about where the company should focus its diversity efforts. With executive and company sponsorship, our Affinity Groups play an important role in building internal networks for career development and in reaching out to communities outside the company.


To learn more about our diversity at Amazon, please visit http://amzn.to/2m3YShu.

Are you interested in joining Amazon Lab126? We are seeking inventive, curious, passionate people with talent in engineering, design, operations, and more. Our office headquarters is located in Sunnyvale, California, with partner teams in Cupertino, Irvine, Seattle, Boston, and Austin.

At Amazon Lab126, you will join smart, driven teams working together to invent Amazon devices for millions of customers. What will you help us create?


 

Begin your career by tackling challenges at Earth's most customer-centric company.

We are seeking university students and new college graduates who are inventive, thoughtful, and curious. Join us and work with cross-functional teams to design, engineer, and develop Amazon devices. As an intern or new grad hire, you will have the autonomy to think strategically, own your work, and implement your ideas in a fast-paced environment.

Check out our social media pages for upcoming college visits and recruiting events, in the Bay Area and beyond. Stop by our table at a college career fair to get to know us - we focus on recruiting new grads in the fall and summer interns during the spring.

We recruit hardware and software engineers, as well as product designers and MBAs specializing in product management and operations. To learn more visit http://lab126.com/university.html.

We work in the nimble and flexible environment of a smaller company yet are able to draw upon the support of Amazon.com, a forward-thinking Fortune 500 global leader. The culture at Amazon Lab126 is fast-paced, focused on creating new ideas for Amazon devices and making them a reality for millions of customers. We continue to create new product categories, and it's an exciting time to join us.

We strongly believe in Amazon's leadership principles and use them to guide our thinking. Whether you are an individual contributor or a manager of a large team, you are an Amazon leader.

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

    Pros

    Get to work on latest Amazon technologies
    Cool consumer products
    Stock is doing good

    Cons

    Employee work culture is not so great
    No real intention from Management to help improve career growth, everyone wants to cover their bases
    TPMs are more than engineers nowadays, unnecessarily creating 'hot' issues and micromanaging (mismanaging) the product execution leading to poorer product quality, no longer term design and thinking.
    Engineers are not at the center of things here sadly and used as slaves to get things done for a particular project (very short term unlike CEOs thinking).
    With so many products getting released every year, no time (and intention) to pause to take a look at overall architecture, product, tech review, improve things for long term etc.
    Upper management heavily driven by Seattle mgmt without clarity into decisions.

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Amazon Lab126 Interviews

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    Chaos. That is the only way I can describe it. From trying to park, to the reception area, to the attempt to have an interview somewhere not being able to find a room.

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    • What would you bring to the team that is different.   1 Answer
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Amazon Lab126 Awards & Accolades

  • Corporate Reputation - #1, Harris Poll, 2017
  • The Most Innovative Company of 2017, Fast Company, 2017
  • World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2017
  • The World's Most Reputable Companies, Forbes, 2016
  • The World's Most Valuable Brands, Forbes, 2016
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