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Amazon Lab126 Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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Pros
  • On glass door some have mentioned 'work-life balance' (in 12 reviews)

  • 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 (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance will be a little off (in 24 reviews)

  • And the biggest one of all, No work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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......


  2. "I work for Lab126"

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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

    Smart people, fast pace, very product oriented

    Cons

    work load is very high


  3. "Sr.GCm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Amazing place to work. Great products.

    Cons

    none of Cons for now

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "Hardware Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learnt A Lot from different groups

    Cons

    More politics and more conservative in strategy


  6. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "No work-life balance"

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    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.


  8. "Product Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Good Training system. Well supported. Not ID driven.

    Cons

    Cost driven. Not as fun as other tech companies.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Development Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    - Good technical challenges
    - Opportunity to grow

    Cons

    - Bad work life balance

    Advice to Management

    - Identify good talent and keep them happy.


  10. "Smart people, short sighted management"

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    • 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


  11. Helpful (3)

    "High turnover and very little work life balance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of resources and documentation to read. Once in awhile you get to work with good engineers until they leave. Things are organized and structured especially build process. Also, there are tools and framework that one can use and leverage for one's work. Also, you get those once a year summer family picnic which is usually enjoyable. I've gone there for 2 years straight.

    Cons

    There are those who get promoted for taking someone else works as their own. Having a good team and managers are key. There are fast turnover there so you will end up having to change key contacts then, all the information are lost when they leave. OLR reviews are stressful since they stack ran. At the end of the day, it does not matter about the quality of work that were put in, but it's who in the team is the most vocal. Health premiums are also high there. No free lunch but sometimes if there's leftover food from other meetings, feel free to take.

    Advice to Management

    Hire The Best managers so they help support the careers of their team as well as understand all the issues and make correct decisions.



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