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Old 04-03-2012, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yep, it depends on the team and the job. I would arrive around 8 and leave by 4:30 but there were times when I had to stay late to get a project done. A few occasions when I was there until 10/11pm at night. I could have went in as late as 10 and left around 6:30; or come in at 7 and get out about 4. For my team, working from home was an option. The biggest thing that they cared about was being consistent in the hours that you were there.

However, as an EA, I would expect that your hours would be matching the hours of the person you are working with.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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My husband was always in by about 7-7:30am and out by 5:45. Rarely ever went in on weekends though he'd reasonably pull up his computer to work a bit at night, check emails, etc. It will really depend on who you work for and what their schedule is. The closer you are to Jeff B, the more you might work. But obviously people at Amazon have families and you would have to set your boundaries on what you can/can't do. My husband did not find the hours to be that bad at all (he's done much worse for jobs) and he was there almost 5 years.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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this is great to read. i was actually expecting much worse in terms of work hours. i am not sure if your husbands, etc. are software engineers but coderific seems to indicate that they're on pager duty a lot which is where most of the complaints come from about work hours. i don't think my position would require pager duty.

my schedule is generally that i get up at around 7:30 and work at home until around 8:30 (usually answering emails that came in overnight, etc.) to get into the office at around 9:30 and leave at around 6:30 or so. but i always put in another 1-2 hours at night (usually from around 10pm-12am) after i put my son to bed, etc. i am also the type who always has my email up to date on my cell phone so emails get responses pretty much 24/7.

i don't usually go into the office on weekends but if it were 1 weekend/month type of thing, i wouldn't mind. i do constantly check email though and am used to getting on conference calls if needed.

i don't really believe in working from home. i just think there are too many distractions and too much temptation to just watch tv and not do any work but that's just me. i think it can work and it's great if it does work but unfortunately it's one of those things where one bad apple will spoil the bunch for everyone.

my in-person interview is next week so we'll see if I get an offer and join all of you in Seattle! i'm nervous and haven't been nervous for a job interview in years.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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Oh, yeah - my husband has the option to work from home occasionally. He's never on call but yes, other members of his team are. His team also has a 'no weekend' policy because the head of the department believes that weekends are for family. It's somewhat respected.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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Here's the thing about Amazon. Even at work, you are going to be distracted by those watching tv, or playing ping pong, or listening to their music. It isn't unusual to walk around and see people listening to March Madness, or NPR (which I did), or music. There will also be a lot of people with big noise cancellation headphones. Amazon is really big about working hard, but they also want you to enjoy your time while working there.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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Here's the thing about Amazon. Even at work, you are going to be distracted by those watching tv, or playing ping pong, or listening to their music. It isn't unusual to walk around and see people listening to March Madness, or NPR (which I did), or music. There will also be a lot of people with big noise cancellation headphones. Amazon is really big about working hard, but they also want you to enjoy your time while working there.
You forgot to mention Nerf Gun wars and the occasional dogfight during a team meeting (LOL). Actually drove my husband crazy. He's more of a person that needs quiet time to think so he found himself in a reserved conference room more often than not. But he mostly enjoyed his time there and may consider going back someday after taking a break in his new office with a view and a door he can close instead of his office with a view that was a door.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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And when you say dogfights, you mean literal dogfights because I forgot to mention that in some of the buildings, people are allowed to bring their dogs.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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i somehow think that amazon wouldn't allow michael vick style dogfighting.

i actually enjoy the casual environment where people are tossing around nerf stuff, playing ping pong, etc.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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Yeah, definitely not the illegal kind of dogfights, but the natural supremacy type dogfights that can happen when two untrained dogs are in a room.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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And when you say dogfights, you mean literal dogfights because I forgot to mention that in some of the buildings, people are allowed to bring their dogs.
Mu husband's old boss was in a high stress meeting situation and things were not going well...and then two dogs that were in the proximity started fighting. A person on my husband's team has a dog allergy and my husband spent TWO days in HR meetings trying to accommodate him (rightly so). We love dogs and own one...but she's never gone to work with him.
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