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Amazon Lab126 Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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Pros
  • On glass door some have mentioned 'work-life balance' (in 12 reviews)

  • Interesting projects and smart people (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not always good because deadlines can be unrealistic (in 26 reviews)

  • And the biggest one of all, No work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Hardworking, Customer Centric, Consumer Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Shipping products every year, what you work on will be used by millions of people.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, engineering opportunities are much lesser than in other divisions of Amazon.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Good tech but bad culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Cool Company with Excellent Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome salary and health benefits! Great co-workers! We had so many cultural events and company events that really made the environment like friends and family.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not always good because deadlines can be unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to keep great employees! Allow for working at home more often with realistic deadlines.


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Very Hit and Miss"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazon devices (excluding the phone of course hah) are popular and in some cases cutting edge

    Cons

    Lots of shifting roadmaps, aggressive deadlines, and leadership-driven feature changes leads to extreme overwork, chaos, and brutal internal politics for many teams


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coming up with innovative products.
    good people but bad management

    Cons

    You will work like slave.
    12-15 hrs a day
    very cheap company
    no free food
    they will give you shares which will bind you to company for atleast 4 years. first 2 years you will get only 20% of them
    food in cafeteria sucks big time and is expensive
    food even during events is bad
    managers promote people based on experience rather than performance
    no work life balance
    fast moving and no time to solve or be creative

    Advice to Management

    try to make employees happy and make sure that they dont feel that company is sucking their blood out.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Not recommended ...."

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    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and rewarding consumer electronic device design.

    Cons

    Poor upper management decisions: profitable group was placed under the control of a failed product managers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the engineers on any particular product design team. They, more than anyone else, want to create a successful product. CEO is no Steve Jobs. Critically vet everything he suggests.


  7. Helpful (20)

    "Toxic work environment & rampant bullying."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have a job to survive the high cost of living in the Bay area. Some really nice people. It used to be very nice place to work before they had a massive hiring spree a while back. A good place for H1B workers to get a sponsorship.

    Cons

    It seems like hiring vacuum sucked in a lot of dirt. People brought their friends and families. I personally know one manger who hired two incompetent girls who were his family friends. Some bad apples have left Lab126 and have joined Google through their friends. HR used to be nice but lately they have people from other countries who can hardly speak English and have no understanding of the American culture. There is a lot of bullying goes on by managers. It seems like some of the X Apple directors brought bullying with them from Apple. Also there are way too many program managers than the engineers. Feedback system is all messed up. Anyone can give a negative feedback on you even though you never worked with them. Feedback system is often used to settle scores.

    Advice to Management

    It's not like anyone is listening......

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Very bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    3 floating holidays per year

    Cons

    -Your restricted stock grant vesting period is as follows: 5% for the first year. 15% for the 2nd year. And 20% for every 6 months AFTER the 2nd year. Why? Most people leave Amazon within TWO years!
    -A very caucasian-biased environment. If you're caucasian, you can get away with things or do the things you want. There are good people, people who do honest work, are targeted as worker bees constantly. There are people who will take advantage of you and not doing the initial plowing and will jump in to reap the benefits when all the dirty/plowing work is done.
    -If you're on visas and looking toward for that green card, expected to be driven hard. They will make sure you work and agree to their requests because they know what you want -- the green card!
    -Over managed with TPMs (Technical Program Managers), most of whom do not know what to do and simply throw things over to developers, PMs (Product and Program Managers), EPMs (Engineering Program Managers). Most of these people are do-notherings. Seen only a couple good TPMs; other than that, just do-nothingers that prod engineers.
    -Engineers do the work but rarely get the credits or acknowledgement.
    -A lot of inexperienced people take management roles and absolutely have no idea how to manage. Some don't even do yearly performance reviews for the people they manage.
    -A large number of managers who have been at the company more than 6 years really don't care on the daily matters.
    -Developers are NOT valued and are not shielded by their own managers, thus being bombarded by requests and micromanagement by the TPMs/PMs/EPMs.
    -Unless you stick to a caucasian manager, you won't get shielded.
    -There are people who will take or capitalize on your work and apply for promotions!.
    -Lab126 is ridiculously frugal. Many occasions I had to bring my own breadboards and passive components for my work. Basic needs for prototyping are hard to come buy because the labs at Lab126 are disarrayed, and the people who run those labs slave the tech workers to do board reworks. There are a handful of tech people to cover the entire Lab126 in Sunnyvale AND Cupertino sites. And out of the handful, 20% of those are not doing honest work, shoving the work to the rest.
    -Once a week, the cafe' throws a surprised snack time, most of the time unhealthy stuff. Amazon/Lab126 does not care about its employees.
    -A large percentage (up to 30%) of engineers are not that good. Most simply copy from one version to the next WITHOUT even attempt to improve the designs.
    -Principal engineers are majorly caucasians.
    -Health insurance is above average. High co-pay ($35 for a regularly visit. $65 for a specialist visit) with BlueShield/BlueCross.

    Advice to Management

    -Majority of managers are inept.
    -Anonymous 360-degree review on your managers is impossible.
    -Care about your engineers, because they are the ones that make things happen!
    -Stop playing politics.
    -TOO many layers of management.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "No work-life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Shares are doing well. Multiple successful businesses.

    Cons

    Bad management that makes you feel worthless and kills off your confidence.
    Breeds an aggressive and rude culture. Some teams are much worse than some others. Lots of unhappy faces all around.
    Pricey food in the cafeteria.
    And the biggest one of all, No work-life balance. Your average day could start around 8 in the morning with conference calls and can last up to 10.30-11 at night with more conference calls.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have any since I'm not sure they listen.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people, short sighted management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart and capable people.
    Good colaboration between different teams.
    Interesting products and opportunitu to work on interesting things

    Cons

    Managers only focused on covering their buts everything else is second priority.
    Sallary OK, but not very competitive.
    No real perks and very standard benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Hire strong, worthy and inspiring managers.
    Catch up with the rest of the silicon valley on perks, benefits and sallary


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