The AB Blog

The A, B, (and C) of Amazon's Culture

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....


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

How does Amazon lead the tech giants? And how does it differ from Google or Microsoft? 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...


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...


Words Matter: Amazon's Addiction to Clarity and Disdain for PowerPoint

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...


Social Cohesion vs Truth-Seeking

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

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...