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Amazon Lab126 Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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Pros
  • On glass door some have mentioned 'work-life balance' (in 12 reviews)

  • Interesting projects and smart people (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not always good because deadlines can be unrealistic (in 32 reviews)

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

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  1. "Software engineer I"

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

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure. You will have opportunities to own a product

    Cons

    Bad work life balance and bad perks


  2. "A plus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    You really do build the future. The products are amazing and the quality bar for engineers puts you in the company of some of the great.

    Cons

    Takes up most of your life, so you'd better be passionate. There are definitely times when you'll crunch more than you'd like.

  3. "Love this company!"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working on products that are already successful
    Leadership principles and values taken seriously
    Deep thought valued over shiny flashy objects

    Cons

    Very secretive - hard to get approval to talk in public about work
    "Bias for action" sometimes means quickly-launched products are forced to scale without sufficient foundation

    Advice to Management

    Find more ways to allow employees to be thought leaders outside of the company: speaking at conferences, etc.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great products, poor management and product development process"

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

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    - Innovating, exciting products
    - Good coworkers
    - Fast moving
    - Good software development experience gain
    - Good engineers
    - RSUs doing well so far
    - Neutral/partially good experience working with product management

    Cons

    - No proper forward schedule planning that actually makes sense for a quality product
    - Poor performance of TPMs: Most TPMs lack technical knowledge, and hence act solely as relayers of information. This results in needless escalation of some issues over long term goals and priorities.
    - Lack of TPMs where needed: On the other hand, there are teams that have dire need of someone with relevant engineering background to solve problems on the project management side. I've seen some really good TPMs that help me understand the actual usefulness of the role, but most don't fulfill this.
    - Needless re-orgs
    - Product development process rules followed only on paper and not in spirit, largely because upper management doesn't actually care to wait for the process to pan out as it should.
    - Permanently, extremely busy, stressful days for engineers, almost purely due to poor time estimation at the middle management level.
    - Constant panic mode, and upper management name dropping to get stuff reprioritized over stuff engineers want to prioritize to ship better products
    - Food: Mediocre, expensive food. No proper food option after 5pm. Limited food options after 2pm.
    - Few or no conference rooms available to have actual discussions, for this size of a company
    - Meeting churn

    Advice to Management

    - Remember that the stock isn't going to keep increasing. Do more to retain good engineers.
    - Follow your company's product development process more sincerely
    - Get a proper estimate of time for the things you expect engineers to do
    - Get a proper estimate of time for the things you expect non-engineers to do
    - Read engineering documents
    - Avoid throwaway work for short term gain
    - Learn how to use management tools effectively across your organization to get status, rather than micromanage with endless meeting churn and alarm bells
    - Train TPMs or get better ones, and also realize and act upon instances where there are way too many


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Chaotic and political and very unplanned"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - many interesting projects for engineers
    - smart SDE, SDETs and lots to learn
    - shuttle services although good luck using them if you are an SDE
    - Stock rising

    Cons

    - toxic environment
    - lots of politics
    - always in panic mode
    - zero work life balance
    - lots of incompetent managers conning their way in through the LP principles based interviews. Not going through enough technical rigor.
    - engineers are buried in work. So the path to grow is only for insincere and political managers.
    - too many program managers and not enough SDE s
    - managers trying to steal credit from engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Get the political managers out of the way. Recognize that SDE s are the ones who are doing all the work. Give opportunities to SDE and SDETs to rise rather than hiring external managers.

    Too many BS directors and Sr managers getting a free ride. The main reason good engineers are staying here is RSUs.


  6. "Executive Assistant"

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

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent and respectable senior leaders. Incredibly innovative environment. Open door policies. Lots of great people to enjoy being around during the work day. Great events, shuttle program, and onsite (ish) gym. Internal mobility is supported.

    Cons

    Many transfer opportunities are located in Seattle (headquarters). Still a lot in the bay area, but there are definitely more diverse reqs for internal mobility if you are willing to relocate.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible managers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Smart peers. Stock

    Cons

    Unbelievably bad managers. Running in circles and wasting time on all levels. Horrible work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't burn out people. Replacement of a person cost much more than the extra you get for working 24/7.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "I wouldn't work here unless it was a last resort. Even then, I'd be weary."

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

    Pros

    Broad experiences
    Some good managers
    Good resume name to find your next job

    Cons

    It seems like...
    . you're being tested every day
    . there's a huge disconnect between what they tell you and what they really want
    . some people will act like they're on your side but will carefully place you under the bus when you're not looking
    . there's little useful guidance from managers unless you're picked as their favorite
    . there's definitely zero work-life balance
    . you're laughably underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to communicate what you really want from your employees and maybe even consider helping them. Your contracting BS needs to stop.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "commodity manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    decent pay with stock options, smart people, ball work hard

    Cons

    management teams are well political driven, no life work balance


  10. "A good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Working here is very interesting

    Cons

    Sometimes the pressure is high


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