I visited amazon headquater for an
recently. I was and am very disappointed about
Before I went, they arraged the flight and hotel for me,
but I wondered about whether I
from the airport to the hotel, so I sent
email and asked about it, there's no
Well, I finally rent a car anyway, but I
that they could pay for cab but not
Ok, all right!
I have to say I felt like the
employees at amazon pretty silly, and they always talked
about changing history etc. It makes you think that
their company is much better than microsoft, IBM, sun
etc. But one of them
finally asked me " Do you
think we are a retail
company or a technology
company?" What a joke!
I told him "honestly, I think
amazon is a retail company since most of your
are generated from retailing, but I know there
a lot of technology involoed, and that's why
am there for this interview".
And five person
interviewed with me, I think
I did pretty good in the
interview and expected
an offer from amazon.
said they will give me a message in 2-3
matter if an offer would be made to me.
But two weeks
passed, they didn't give me any
infomation, even with
my two emails inqurying
at least give me a rejection letter.
Since I have other good offers in hand (
microsoft,lucent,...), I really don't care
about amazon's offer, but
I am so disappointed
with them, I sent three
emails in total to
the contact person in this
company. But got
If that's the
way amazon treats potential
employees, I wonder
where their reputation
for good cutomer service
The stock options for employees in
is in general more $50 a share, if the
price dosen't go up, how many good
stay, I wonder.
When Amazon issued its subordinated convertibles,
it figured, "hey, no one will want to keep this.
They'll all convert to our marvelous stock."
guess what. No one's going to want to convert --- and
AMNZ won't be able to afford to pay that kind of
interest on top of their other bonds.
expense for 2000 will be in excess of $130 million, and
it will be higher next year.
If you went for a job interview at Amazon.com's
headquarters in Seattle, you probably know that it's right
next to Chinatown. During the lunch time, I might even
have served some of those guys who interviewed you.
Judging by the way you write and spell, maybe there's
even a hope for me to get a good job up the hill with
Amazon.com. But I can't do anything programming,
though---that's my problem.
Your experience is hardly unique. Amazon's HR
department (they used to call it the "strategic growth"
department) is and has always been notoriously
It's not too surprising that Amazon still sees itself
as a technology company. When they started, there
was no commercial software available for web-based
retail, and they had to build everything from scratch.
Naturally, they saw themselves as pioneers, and perhaps had
dreams of selling or leasing their platform, or
patenting parts of it and living large on the licencing.
Nobody told them that web-based retail is rat
As to changing the world, well, three years ago, it
really did look like Amazon was changing the world.
People who have been in the company since then without
taking a break to look at the real world don't realize
that it has overtaken the company.
like you're a programmer. If so, thank your lucky
stars that you don't have to work on Amazon's
codebase-- it was built ad-hoc, with the focus always being
"we must add this feature now," and it has swollen to
the point where trying to impose any sort of sane
software architecture looks impossible.
employees started leaving early this year before the stock
reversed direction-- disillusionment is much more powerful
than financial loss. The collapse of the internet
bubble only accelerated things.