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Amazon Lab126 Reviews

Updated 1 Jul 2019

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3.6
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  • "Work-life balance is dependent on your own life decisions as well as whether you are on a team that has extremely Ops requirements(in 40 reviews)

  • "There are also few opportunities for career growth as Amazon prides itself as a very frugal company(in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer for FireOS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Learn tons working with Android Framework

    Cons

    Kind of hard to understand. Some projects should not have pushed forward. But horizontal spread is good.

    Amazon Lab1262019-07-01
  2. "Fast-paced"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great products; well established process and procedure, great vision of executive

    Cons

    Alignment takes more time than normal

    Amazon Lab1262019-06-29
  3. "In many ways it's pure research & development"

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    Current Employee - SDEII in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fast paced development environment with lots of experimentation. New areas are regularly explored/tested and developers are tasked with going beyond their comfort zones. Coding isn't the only thing you do -- you must be able to design new systems/services with an eye towards the future and you'll have rigorous reviews by peers on the design as well as management that is unfamiliar with it.

    Cons

    You will be pushed. Deadlines are often arbitrary and any change in the movement needs to be researched and conferred. Nothing is cheap or free (even subsidized). The cafeteria food is okay but quickly wears on you. Not many perks. Work-life balance is dependent on your own life decisions as well as whether you are on a team that has extremely Ops requirements. The level of camaraderie depends on whether you are on...

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    Amazon Lab1262019-06-27
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - If you have a good manager, you will have nice work/life balance. - The people I worked with were smart and kind. - Launching new products is fun. - You get to work on projects that affect millions of customers. - Within lab126, promotions are very common because you have the opportunity to working on many new/interesting projects.

    Cons

    - Amazon is a big company with a culture that is not transparent and that does not promote or encourage employee wellbeing/happiness. - University recruiting is absolutely horrible. If you are thinking about accepting an offer, know that they will not honor the team/location preferences you have. They do not care if you are happy with where you are going. Seriously beware because I didn't think the reviews were true...

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    Advice to Management

    - Make sure people are joining a team they want to join from the start. If you put someone where they are not happy on day 0, why would they want to stay? - Perks are not worthless, employee happiness is priceless.

    Amazon Lab1262019-05-29
  5. "good to learn for professional experience"

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    Current Employee - FMQM in Shenzhen, Guangdong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    working people with good experience and try to do the best for all during working

    Cons

    job scope too small as too many people

    Advice to Management

    give more scope

    Amazon Lab1262019-05-28
  6. "HDEII"

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    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    work and life balance, work and life balance, make friends during work

    Cons

    poor salary, no bonus, no free lunch

    Advice to Management

    Make the job fun and history

    Amazon Lab1262019-05-22
  7. "Csa"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Amazing experience I had working with the organization

      Cons

      Noo such things I found while working with them

      Advice to Management

      Nothing they are absolutely right at their work

      Amazon Lab1262019-05-04
    • "Lots of opportunity"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Fast paced, lots of different types of roles and businesses, easy to move between roles.

      Cons

      Lots of movement so a lot of reinventing the wheel, compensation isn't great as it is fixed base once you are in and everything after is just stock (which has to vest again).

      Advice to Management

      Improve the compensation model, which is used globally but based on something that is only competitive in a few markets.

      Amazon Lab1262019-04-22
    • Helpful (6)

      "Cool projects but toxic management"

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      Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Sunnyvale, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      I was originally hired as an SDET on the Fire TV team. From my first impressions, Amazon Lab126 seemed like a great company to work for. Throughout your career, you'll get to collaborate with diverse teams on highly successful products. I've also met many interesting people during my time at Amazon. The company social events are amazing too. In addition to the annual post-holiday celebration and the family picnic,...

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      Cons

      However, one thing I quickly noticed was the company's toxic management and culture. For example, my first boss loved to micromanage and actually once told me I was being unprofessional simply because I spent a few minutes talking to another new hire. After the most recent reorganization, I was assigned to a manager with a non-technical background. Despite his limited experience, he constantly criticized my work and was...

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      Advice to Management

      Treat your employees as well as you do your customers.

      Amazon Lab1262019-04-29
    • Helpful (3)

      "Depends on the team you end up with. I have worked with awesome teams and totally dysfunctional teams"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer 
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      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Good benefits Better than average salary Well-known in the industry so looks good in the resume

      Cons

      Silo-ed structure Poor dev infrastructure Some products don't have good vision.

      Advice to Management

      It's too late to take any action now. It is impossible to change a 150000 people behemoth. So just focus on macro improvements.

      Amazon Lab1262019-04-18
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