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Can anyone speak to the life and responsibility of an Amazon associate corporate counsel? I heard it’s similar to big law but with less money. Specifically interested in Arlington. Thanks!

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I've heard its pretty much biglaw

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I’m an Arlington-based ACC. Came over from a V5 firm where I was a corporate associate. The salary is indeed lower than the biglaw scale but generally higher than you’ll find for most other in-house roles. I have been at Amazon for a few years and generally work 40 hours a week. I have never worked over 50 hours. I have a ton of flexibility and am completely in charge of my own time. If I want to take a day off, I do so - as long as the work gets done, everyone’s happy. I have the occasional call in the evenings once in a while if time zones require it, but do not work in the evenings otherwise. I also do not work weekends. I was burnt out in biglaw and I am not burnt out at Amazon. I do feel the lower pay (especially at bonus time) but the trade-off has been well worth it.

Everything I read online re: Amazon suggests WLB varies team-by-team and that may be true given the sheer size of the org. I would do my best to get a sense of the hours/WLB on the specific team you’re interviewing with (if any) when speaking with the hiring manager and team members.

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I’m an ACC in Seattle, but there are ACC in Arlington on my team. My experience has been the same as Amazon1. I came from two big law firms.

Hours are around 40 with very little evening and weekend work. Calls and meetings are almost always during regular working hours, unless there’s some reason for me to connect with India or Japan counsel. (And even then, my skip manager and manager encourage me to push that responsibility onto the business team so I’m not stuck coordinating across time zones.) Flexibility is huge. My daughter’s school regularly has activities on Fridays so I often take a half day without needing to tell anyone or even officially taking the time off. And my manager and skip manager frequently check up on me to make sure I’m not working too hard or getting burnt out. If I even mention to them that I had a “crazy week”, they’ll say something like, “I hope it wasn’t too crazy. Was it manageable?” I absolutely love this job and would been ever go back to big law.

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Thirding A1 and A2. They are are major client and several former colleagues now work there. Seems to be team specific (I’ve seen significant variations), but the overall WLB seems pretty reasonable for the comp. I’ve heard more complaints about overall management structure and advancement opportunities than WLB. The overall vibe is relatively positive.

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