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Folks- what’s the Amazon culture like? Have heard terrible things but hoping that’s not entirely the case?

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I had an informational interview with someone from Strategy & Ops the other day who actually used the words “cutthroat” and “aggressive” in describing the culture. I was surprised he actually used those words and was also hoping it wouldn’t be the case. He straight up told me that I would have to be really “tough and impersonal” to work there.

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I interviewed there a few times. Everyone seemed terrible (aggressive for no reason) and I told them I didn't want to proceed in the process twice. Two friends interned there. One thought it was terrible. There other worked in their ml research group and thought it was ok.

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I think it maybe more helpful if you specify group. Big company... it may differ by groups FWIW, Considered an offer there for Pathway program. They have seemed to focus more on culture recently. They even have personality simulation/test which I found it to be impressive on their effort to filter out those with cut throat behaviours. Only one guy felt aggressive/disgruntled during interview process. Everyone seemed super chill. I feel like Amazon has been making efforts lately to change the culture, but I have heard of horror stories as well.... also, when I declined offer and thank them for interview, they didn’t even bother replying back... Idk.. May not mean much but only company that did that..

I guess it depends on team and manager. They are trying to change the culture for good. I would say experience it yourself throughout the interview process, if you feel unhappy for any reason don’t proceed. I heard a bad stories from other tech firms as well.

Brother works there as a senior software engineer. Seattle culture is more brutal than their offices in the Bay Area due to being the #1 tech company in Seattle versus just another tech company in the Bay. They have stiff competition in CA for talent so they’ll treat you better here but frugality is one of their core values and permeates every single business decision so don’t expect FB/Google perks. My brother likes it because he’s 26 years old and pulling $350k due to stock appreciation. WLB is highly team dependent. I interviewed for a BizOps role and wanted to leap out the window after the first interview but that’s just me. Stack ranking is a real thing there. YMMV

Like others have said, I think it depends a lot on the group. I met someone at training who was part of biz ops and she could not run out of there fast enough

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