Thoughts about Amazon's Culture

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Amazon Interview Questions: "What is your Biggest Professional Failure?"

How to respond to "What is your Biggest Professional Failure?" 1. Own your failure: Be vocally self-critical and don't point fingers. 2. Quantify your failure: Be specific about how much revenue you lost or what were other quantifiable costs of your failure. 3. Give a different example where...

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Letters to Amazon's Shareholders

Throughout Amazon's existence, Jeff Bezos has engaged in the practice of writing annual letters to Amazon's shareholders. He includes each letter in Amazon's annual report for the year, and discusses his business beliefs and overall philosophy in running Amazon. These letters provide a...

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When a Four-week Amazon newb Presented to Jeff Bezos

Several years ago, at the end of an all-hands meeting, an Amazon employee asked Jeff Bezos: "Jeff, what is the one thing you would change about Amazon?" Bezos responded with: "Speed. I would like us to move even more quickly." Amazon is known for moving fast. I can attest, first-hand, just how...

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Why Amazon’s Attrition is Higher than Attrition at Other tech Companies

The average tenure of a full-time Amazonian is roughly one year, while tenure at other tech places like Facebook, Apple, and Google tends to be roughly about two years. Why is that? Before venturing an explanation, I should clarify a couple of house-keeping items: 1) the one-year-tenure...

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I'm 32 and want to Start Programming. Can I ever Become good Enough to join Google, Microsoft, Amazon?

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...

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The Amazon Bar Raiser

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...

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Under a lamp post, at 7pm, on my First day at Amazon

My first day at Amazon: a gloomy Seattle morning on January 7, 2013. I walked into Amazon's 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. The New...

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How an Amazonian will Answer the Question: “Why is the sky blue?”

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....

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How is Amazon leading the tech giants? How do they differ from Google or Microsoft?

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 is customer-obsessed and its every decision starts and ends with the customer. In contrast, Google and Microsoft make...

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Amazon's Hiring Bar

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...

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