MBA Careers at Amazon


shirls

I'm joining the Ross MBA in the fall and I'm using the time before the program to do some real thinking about my post-MBA plans.

I'm in tech right now (program manager for a pretty well known start up) and I really want to stay in the tech field. Of course, Amazon is on my radar given Ross' connection and the number of MBAs working in the company. I've reached out to some alumni at the firm but I haven't heard back yet (might be a dead time now for many people). I have heard some negative things from one of my friend who is not at Amazon but in a consulting firm, which gives me second thoughts about even exploring this as an option.

So that's why I'm here. Does anybody work at Amazon in a 'post-MBA' role, or have you heard anything about the company?

I'm joining the Ross MBA in the fall and I'm using the time before the program to do some real thinking about my post-MBA plans.

I'm in tech right now (program manager for a pretty well known start up) and I really want to stay in the tech field. Of course, Amazon is on my radar given Ross' connection and the number of MBAs working in the company. I've reached out to some alumni at the firm but I haven't heard back yet (might be a dead time now for many people). I have heard some negative things from one of my friend who is not at Amazon but in a consulting firm, which gives me second thoughts about even exploring this as an option.

So that's why I'm here. Does anybody work at Amazon in a 'post-MBA' role, or have you heard anything about the company?
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Ayon

I know people who work at Amazon post-MBA. One from Ross, one from Katz, one from Schulich and one from IIM-Indore.

Yes, Amazon has a shrewd taskmaster. The hours are/could be long and the job demanding. That's why they usually pay more. Their philosophy is to provide excellent customer experience even if it mean burning your employees in frying pan at achieve that.

Amazon is not for everyone, but neither is Consulting. Hours could be long with added travel. There is constant pressure to be billable and produce deliverables. Not a moment to rest. Consultants have to make documents / marketing materials when not on a project. Else they risk getting fired. If your client is facing hardships or goes with another consulting firm then your job is at risk.

Usually higher paying jobs are more demanding. (Not that lower paying jobs are less demanding). Students change career plans during MBA. I came in thinking I would do supply chain but ended up in service delivery consulting. With Ross MBA you'll get lot of options to select from as you make up your mind. Good luck!

I know people who work at Amazon post-MBA. One from Ross, one from Katz, one from Schulich and one from IIM-Indore.

Yes, Amazon has a shrewd taskmaster. The hours are/could be long and the job demanding. That's why they usually pay more. Their philosophy is to provide excellent customer experience even if it mean burning your employees in frying pan at achieve that.

Amazon is not for everyone, but neither is Consulting. Hours could be long with added travel. There is constant pressure to be billable and produce deliverables. Not a moment to rest. Consultants have to make documents / marketing materials when not on a project. Else they risk getting fired. If your client is facing hardships or goes with another consulting firm then your job is at risk.

Usually higher paying jobs are more demanding. (Not that lower paying jobs are less demanding). Students change career plans during MBA. I came in thinking I would do supply chain but ended up in service delivery consulting. With Ross MBA you'll get lot of options to select from as you make up your mind. Good luck!
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I know people who work at Amazon post-MBA. One from Ross, one from Katz, one from Schulich and one from IIM-Indore.

Yes, Amazon has a shrewd taskmaster. The hours are/could be long and the job demanding. That's why they usually pay more. Their philosophy is to provide excellent customer experience even if it mean burning your employees in frying pan at achieve that.

Amazon is not for everyone, but neither is Consulting. Hours could be long with added travel. There is constant pressure to be billable and produce deliverables. Not a moment to rest. Consultants have to make documents / marketing materials when not on a project. Else they risk getting fired. If your client is facing hardships or goes with another consulting firm then your job is at risk.

Usually higher paying jobs are more demanding. (Not that lower paying jobs are less demanding). Students change career plans during MBA. I came in thinking I would do supply chain but ended up in service delivery consulting. With Ross MBA you'll get lot of options to select from as you make up your mind. Good luck!

[quote]I know people who work at Amazon post-MBA. One from Ross, one from Katz, one from Schulich and one from IIM-Indore.

Yes, Amazon has a shrewd taskmaster. The hours are/could be long and the job demanding. That's why they usually pay more. Their philosophy is to provide excellent customer experience even if it mean burning your employees in frying pan at achieve that.

Amazon is not for everyone, but neither is Consulting. Hours could be long with added travel. There is constant pressure to be billable and produce deliverables. Not a moment to rest. Consultants have to make documents / marketing materials when not on a project. Else they risk getting fired. If your client is facing hardships or goes with another consulting firm then your job is at risk.

Usually higher paying jobs are more demanding. (Not that lower paying jobs are less demanding). Students change career plans during MBA. I came in thinking I would do supply chain but ended up in service delivery consulting. With Ross MBA you'll get lot of options to select from as you make up your mind. Good luck! [/quote]
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shirls

Yeah, that's what I think too. It's not the hours so much as that MBAs at Amazon seem to be viewed as elaborate warehouse managers. I'm also thinking about tech consulting, trying to network with some firms. Some big choices ahead!

Yeah, that's what I think too. It's not the hours so much as that MBAs at Amazon seem to be viewed as elaborate warehouse managers. I'm also thinking about tech consulting, trying to network with some firms. Some big choices ahead!
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Ayon

Well, their Operations pathway into Fulfillment centers are kinda FC Managers / Warehouse Managers. But there are plenty other roles as well. Product Managers / Program Managers and then there is AWS.

Well, their Operations pathway into Fulfillment centers are kinda FC Managers / Warehouse Managers. But there are plenty other roles as well. Product Managers / Program Managers and then there is AWS.
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mba hipste...

I'm not sure if they've changed their hiring in the past year or so, but the Amazon "Pathways" program funneled MBAs specifically into warehouse jobs. These roles fit for some people, I can see how maybe MBB people might look down on them, but they are quite hands-on and great if you're into leading teams. But long hours. Starting salary is very good as well.

But beyond that there are product manager roles, corporate finance / retail finance roles, and all that. You wouldn't see much warehouse activity with these kinds of roles.

I'm not sure if they've changed their hiring in the past year or so, but the Amazon "Pathways" program funneled MBAs specifically into warehouse jobs. These roles fit for some people, I can see how maybe MBB people might look down on them, but they are quite hands-on and great if you're into leading teams. But long hours. Starting salary is very good as well.

But beyond that there are product manager roles, corporate finance / retail finance roles, and all that. You wouldn't see much warehouse activity with these kinds of roles.
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