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Old 02-24-2023, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by uniquetraveler View Post
I worked with Amazon in the past and am now with another large tech company in Seattle. In the last 2-3 years the company started encouraging remote work, so we hired people in Calfornia, Midwest to East coast. In addition, there are engineering centers from Australia, India, and elsewhere collaborating on common projects. A product team is now built with team members, across countries and timezones. So, I am taking frequent calls at 8-9 pm then waking up early at 7 am on occasion as well. This works fine with a remote first structure, as it's compensated by a lack of commute and flexibility mid-day.

Just like Amazon, our company recently announced plans to return to the office, but they are still keeping the geo-diverse team globally. Now we have to take calls at night, early morning and also commute to work. Something has to give.. It's not that people are just lazy and want to stay at home. The companies also need to move work with teams in a single location like pre-pandemic.

The problem is, a decision like this is made at the senior leadership level, who are not working with development teams spread across the world. They think, well if people came to work 5 days a week in the past, 3 days should just be a stroll. But then, three years back all the product teams were located in Seattle and you could fit everyone in a meeting room---
The last sentence seems like a much better way to get things done especially during difficult economic times requiring more decision making. WFH across 8 time zones basically follows the same model as Boeing manufacturing for the past 20 years and we all know how well that’s gone.
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