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Amazon Lab126 Reviews

Updated July 11, 2018
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  • "Work life balance is not always good because deadlines can be unrealistic" (in 36 reviews)

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

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  1. "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    There is No free food


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bad work culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work as beginner, get to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Horrible management and zero work / life balance. Stress level in always high.

  3. "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Learn a lot on different areas

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted to the senior level


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Managers and Toxic Enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Some great engineers doing hard and honest work

    Cons

    Very bad lazy managers, play politics, steal credits. Toxic work environment
    Don't join unless you are desperate for work. All the horror stories you heard about Lab126 are all true

    Advice to Management

    Get some good managers


  5. "Sr. Technical Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities
    Smart team
    Challenging work environment
    Interesting programs

    Cons

    Work/Life balance
    Changing priorities
    Chaotic processes btw organizations


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Good work with the worst possible benefits in the valley."

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    Current Employee - SDEII in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - SDEII 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

    View of the Moffett airstrip if you are in the Sunnyvale buildings.
    Cool projects and work.

    Cons

    Expect "Frugality" every where.
    Terrible 401k plan that is capped at 2k employer contribution. Amazon will take employer contribution back if you leave within 3yrs.
    There is no annual bonus.
    Poor compensation model. If the stock does well, regardless of your hard work, you will not be rewarded. The total compensation model will ensure they can be frugal and not reward you for your performance as long as the stock does well.
    Do not expect RSU grants/ bonus.
    Annual base increase is capped at 3%.
    Crappy expensive cafeteria food.
    Crappy maternity/paternity leave.
    Terrible stock vest schedule of 5,15,40,40 across 4yrs. This causes a lot of smart people to leave in 2yrs or 4yrs once the sign on bonus runs out.
    The only SWAG you get is on the day you join. Most likely a sticker that says "Amazon".

    Advice to Management

    Actually reward employees based on performance. Do not just "claim" you do it.
    Loosen up on Frugality.
    Improve 401k.
    Change vesting schedule.
    Introduce annual bonus.
    Improve your benefits to retain smart engineers.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hour. Good total compensation. Chances to touch different new technology.

    Cons

    No free lunch. Performance review pressure.

  8. "Great work environment and Culture"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s a place to learn and develop your skills and grow in your career. One of the rare organizations where employees are encouraged to have backbone, disagree and commit.

    Cons

    Highly competitive, Work life balance can be challenging at times, tough project schedules, Expensive Cafe, Compensation policies are not transparent to the Employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "hardware engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    new things to learn everyday

    Cons

    management takes time to give opportunities

    Advice to Management

    reduce politics


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Culture and management issues"

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

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

    Pros

    Good consumer devices and retail ecosystem

    Cons

    1 Politics and internal issues across teams.
    2 The tools that make software development easier are badly missing.
    3 Bad project planning and management.


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