Amazon Lab126 Employee Reviews about "frugal"

Updated 11 Dec 2019

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic place"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You got to learn a lot of stuff by your own in a fast pace. Engineers peers are talented people.

    Cons

    Resource is always limited. Too Frugal everywhere. Perks are too bad compare with other IT company. People got blamed if they messed up things. The manager are good at finding engineers’ drawback instead of reflecting on themselves. They are also good at pushing engineers without knowing the effort that needs to make cause they know few tech details. Most of my colleges stay here less than 2 years before they quit. This place focus too much on results. No focus on engineer themselves. Take this place as a transient place where u can practice your interview skills. There are too many places way better than here. My experience is based on the team I stay. Other team may not be the same.

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "Okay company to work for"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Hardware Validation Engineer 

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    RSU shares been going up in value

    Cons

    Very frugal. No company culture. Weird level ranking. Promotion process is biased and unfair.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Decent place to work"

    4.0
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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 and it was actually a year-long traumatic experience from offer signing to starting. It doesn't happen to everyone but if it happens to you... - There are no perks (no free food, super frugal culture). It may seem dumb to care about this but Amazon has so much money that it is a bit behind-the-times for them to not invest in giving better benefits to employees. Within the office people seem to justify this with the explanation that salaries are higher than competitors, but this is not true. Other big tech companies pay more in total compensation and also provide incredible perks/benefits. Given frugality is a leadership principle at Amazon, one would think they could see that they would get more time out of their expensive tech workers if they come earlier and stay later for breakfast/dinner. Win-win.

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  4. Helpful (15)

    "Cool projects but toxic management"

    2.0
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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, there are regular team-building events. Although Amazon doesn't often offer free lunches like other Bay Area tech companies, there are regular happy hours and weekly snacks provided by the on-site cafeteria. Pros in a nutshell: + Interesting projects + Diverse teams + Great social events

    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 rarely responsive to my concerns. There are also few opportunities for career growth as Amazon prides itself as a very frugal company. I know many high performers, yet only a handful actually get promoted every year. Opportunities to attend training and conferences are few and far between. And even though we have happy hours, the food is often gone within minutes. Another downside is that Lab126 is very secretive and has strict confidentiality rules. During the new hire orientation, HR made it a point to tell us that two people were fired for disclosing their projects. I wasn't even allowed to tell my own family about my work until a few months before the product's release, and only after they signed an NDA. This actually caused a rift between me and my parents because they are very supportive of me but get frustrated when I can't say much. I ultimately decided to seek external opportunities and got a major raise after leaving to join a startup. From what my old co-workers told me, the team fell apart just one month after my departure. Cons in a nutshell: - Toxic and incompetent managers - Few opportunities for career growth - Company is very frugal - Too secretive

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Development Engineer"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    - Get to work on cool innovative products, especially in the smart home space. It’s really cutting edge stuff and you see customers use it. - The culture here really depends on your team, in my case it’s good. Oncall isn’t crazy. - The gym onsite is pretty sweet.

    Cons

    - Commuter services could be better - A little too frugal. Kind of sad going to an event that provides snacks that are gone within 5 minutes.

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  6. "Technical Program Manager"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time

    Pros

    Innovative and friendly staff. Good tools.

    Cons

    Frugality bit meaningless. Hard to promote beyond L6.

  7. Helpful (21)

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

    3.0
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    Current Employee - SDEII in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon Lab126 full-time for 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".

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  8. "Electrical Hardware Engineering Intern"

    4.0
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    Former Intern - Hardware Development Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon Lab126

    Pros

    Great support networks and range of experienced professionals to draw from. You get to be a part of a huge company with a slightly smaller feel. Great lab space, shuttle service, gym membership, and camaraderie. Feels cutting edge.

    Cons

    Amazon is frugal. They treat their employees well, but it's not Google. Complicated tool-chains occasionally impeded work. Manager conflicts.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Verbally and emotionally abused. Far better big tech companies out there."

    2.0
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    Former Intern - Machine Learning Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 for less than a year

    Pros

    Some technically interesting project depending on the team you join.

    Cons

    Verbal abuse. -- My manager yelled and verbally abused me for an hour in a small room because another member of the team offered to help me. The manager thought that my getting help from another member supposedly showed his technical incompetence. He was so genuinely upset that he was red with anger and on the verge of crying. Dysfunctional management culture. -- my manager and senior manager wanted to look good at my cost: if you tell them you want to leave the team, they may fire you with a fake reason. So it would be your "fault" that you are leaving the team (instead of you leaving the team voluntarily because the management is bad). Weekly bananas -- One free banana stick per week. Other companies have free fruits everyday in the kitchen, but Amazon, being so "frugal", gives one banana per week. When I tried to take two, I was stopped. Unhappy people -- people there I talked to were unhappy and were at Amazon only because they couldn't go elsewhere (as they frankly told me). This is a stark contrast with people I talked to at Google. Please search elsewhere for your career. If this review could stop even one person from joining and being abused at Amazon, my time writing this review was well worth it.

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  10. Helpful (29)

    "Very bad management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon Lab126 full-time for 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.

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