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Amazon Lab126 Overview

Website www.lab126.com
Headquarters Sunnyvale, CA
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Operated By Amazon.com
Founded 2004
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Information Technology
Amazon Lab126 is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronic devices like the Kindle family of products. Lab126 began in 2004 as a subsidiary of Amazon.com. Since then, we have worked to produce hardware and software ... More

Mission: To make available in less than 60 seconds every book, ever written, in any language, in print or out of print; and bring the same ease-of-use, deep integration and superior selection of content to movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, games, and more.

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    Inside the secret lab where Amazon is designing the future of reading

    Chris Green holds an envelope. At least, it looks like an envelope. In reality, it's a piece of office copy paper that's been cut and folded into the shape of a Kindle Voyage, the latest in Amazon's bestselling line of e-readers.

Amazon Lab126 – Why Work For Us?


Amazon Lab126 is an inventive research and development company that designs and engineers high-profile devices like the Kindle family of products. Lab126 began in 2004 as a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc.

Since then, we have worked to produce best-selling e-readers and tablets, as well as new inventions like Fire TV, Fire phone, and Amazon Echo. What will you help us create?

Work hard. Have fun. Make history. 


​​​​​​​​​Our ​​Culture​​​​​​​​​​

Quality assurance engineers Melissa and Jammie in our new office

Amazon Lab126 is filled with people who love what they do and the products we design and engineer. Our ​​​​​​​​​teams are smart, inventive and roll up their sleeves to get the job done. We strive for ingenuity and simplicity, always keeping the customer in mind.

We work in a nimble and flexible environment of a subsidiary of Amazon.com, a forward-thinking Fortune 500 global leader. We are growing and fast-paced, challenging ourselves to build on the success of the Kindle family of products. The culture is still evolving at Amazon Lab126, and it’s an exciting time to join us.

We hope you will join our team and build on the Kindle family of products. Get involved one of our affinity groups, like Bay Area Women @ Amazon, watch Air Force One landing through our office windows by Moffett Federal Airfield in Sunnyvale, and enjoy working in the beautiful Bay Area. We also have offices in Boston and Seattle.

​​​​​​​​​Work hard. Have fun. Make history.​​


We are looking for skilled, self-driven professionals ready to tackle a challenge. At Amazon Lab126, you will work with whip-smart colleagues in the Silicon Valley to develop devices like the Kindle Fire that will impact millions of Amazon customers. Think big, take ownership of projects, and dream up evolving high-profile devices backed by one of the world’s most innovative companies. We are seeking people with talent in engineering, design, operations, and more.​​​​​​

University Recruiting ​​​​​

​We are seeking university students and new college graduates who are inventive, thoughtful, and curious. Are you interested in impacting technology for over 150 million Amazon customers worldwide?

​Join us and work with an experienced cross-disciplinary team to design, engineer, and develop high-profile consumer electronics products like Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD. As an intern or new hire, you will have the autonomy to think strategically, own your work, and implement your ideas in a fast-paced environment. We have already revolutionized the book – this is just the beginning.

We are looking for interns and new graduates in the areas of hardware engineering, software engineering, UX/UI, product design, and operations. View open positions and apply on our careers page.


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    I had some doubts about joining Amazon initially, but after 3 years of working here, it is without a doubt one of the best places I can imagine being. Despite Amazon's enormous size, Lab126 feels like a well-funded startup company. I've worked at large companies (10k+) all the way down to small start-ups, and Amazon Lab126 seems to have the best of both worlds. It really encourages entrepreneurship, more so than even start-ups who are often just focused on one thing. If you have a good idea for a new feature or product, you are empowered to make it happen assuming others agree it is also a good idea. The Echo Fire TV, Dash, and Dash button are all prime examples of this as well as several other upcoming products. The company regularly holds hack-a-thons to spend a few days and hack together some software to do something cool on our products. We also do the same wrt hardware, but spend several sessions over a month or two to come up with some new mock-up. Some of these ideas get taken to the next level of product development. There are also a lot of talented people here. And what I like best about the people here is that they are not only great technically, but they are also great people to work with. Because Amazon holds everyone to very high standards, the chances of having to deal with difficult, weird, or just plain bad people are very low versus other companies I know may hire someone who is a genius in one area but is impossible to work with - that doesn't happen here. Great people overall. Coming from an initial self-funded start-up that later got funding, I know about being frugal. I have heard some people complain that Amazon doesn't offer the "free lunch" perks of other companies like Google. I am quite okay with this. To me, it seems like there is a limitless amount of money for projects here compared to my start-up days. We regularly have beer bashes, free team outings, free snacks, free fruit, and lots of other occasions for free food. The facilities are brand new and very nice. The lab space is a little limited, but more than adequate to get our work done. Overall, Amazon is great place to work with lots of great people that really empowers people with good ideas and gives builders the tools they need to build cool stuff.


    ID changes for products always have to go through Jeff which prolongs product development schedules. It's not always clear if Product Management or the Executive Management teams have well thought out plans for the future. Sometimes it feels like they are throwing lots of things against the wall to see what sticks. This is fine for a lot of new product concepts, but hinders the development of robust ecosystems of products and services that all work together well.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate a stronger more cohesive vision to the teams. Remove barriers like Jeff's ID approval that slow the teams down.

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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Amazon Lab126 (Seattle, WA).


    The recruiting team didn't care too much about candidate experience. I was contacted by a recruiter via email who asked for my availability to meet with a "team member." After sending my availability, he did not respond to me for a week. I got no response even when I sent a follow up email. A week later, he emailed again to ask about my availability for the following week. I sent him a few dates times and was finally scheduled. The recruiter did not talk to me on the phone prior to the phone interview. I didn't know anything bout the position other than what was posted. He also did not inquire about my salary expectations or tell me who I'd be interviewing with. I had to ask the recruiting coordinator the title of my interviewer since that also was not included in my interview confirmation.

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  • World's Most Admired Companies (#2), Fortune, 2014
  • The World's Most inDemand Employers, LinkedIn, 2013
  • Top 10 Most Reputable Companies, Forbes, 2013
  • World's Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2013
  • Best Global Brands, Interbrand, 2013
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