Someone recently asked me, on Quora: "I'm 32 and want to Start Programming. Can I ever Become good Enough to join Google, Microsoft, Amazon?" I thought it would be good to repost my response here, too.
Yes. You can.
Google, Microsoft, or Amazon can certainly employ you as a Software...
The Amazon Bar Raiser is an Amazon cultural institution. She serves as the keeper of the Amazon cultural flame. She is an esteemed Amazonian (often an Amazon veteran,) whose goal is to ensure that the company keeps the hiring bar high with every consecutive hire they make. The Bar Raiser works on...
My first day at Amazon: a gloomy Seattle morning on January 7, 2013. I walked
Arizona building on 207 Boren Ave N to attend
New Employee Orientation. I had no idea, at the time, that I was already
late on a couple of deliverables that my future team had in store for me.
Why is the sky blue? An Amazonian will answer this question with a granular, data-rich response. At Amazon, data provides the answer to all questions. At Amazon, data wins all wars.
Data matters more to win an argument than assumptions, or proxies, or the title of who's making the argument....
The biggest difference is that Amazon is a customer-first company, while Google and Microsoft are technology-first companies. The biggest difference is that Amazon is a customer-first company, while Google and Microsoft are technology-first companies.
Amazon is a Customer-first Company
Amazon's Hiring Bar has two separate requirements; any job applicant who
wants to work for Amazon must meet both of them. If the candidate fails either
requirement, the result will be a "no-hire" decision.
What is Required to Raise Amazon's Hiring Bar?
The first requirement is whether the...
Words matter at Amazon. They are the sentinels who ensure that a culture
with a relentless push for clarity, indeed remains clear and specific. When you
want to convince anyone of anything, at Amazon, you write a narrative (an
up-to-six-pages-long essay.) In meetings, people spend the first...
Amazon hates social cohesion and loves truth-seeking. Social cohesion means
accepting an argument or a viewpoint that you disagree with, for the sake of
avoiding conflict. Truth-seeking means the opposite: pressing on with an
issue until the truth (to the best extent possible) becomes...
At Amazon, output matters more than input. Amazon refers to 'output' as the results you achieve, while 'input' means how hard you work to achieve these results. To put it bluntly, nobody at Amazon cares about your input. Nobody cares about how hard you work, or how late you stay, or how many...
Welcome to The AB Blog! Our goal is to help you understand the A,B, (and C) of the Amazon culture. We will share Amazon cultural stories, opinions, and events that I have seen and experienced during my Amazon tenure.