Re: Any Amazon IT types care to comment?
ex-Amazon here. Not exactly software, but in the tech part of Amazon.
The reality that NYT is trying to portray is not in line with my experiences. Of course, you have to remember that everyones experience will be different, and there's huge variance in conditions between teams and even offices.
I found that Amazon was the most fair, honest, and upfront employer I've worked with. Sure, days were long, but my management team allows us to maintain our own TOIL. I was never unable to take time off. I had total flexibility in time in the office.
Of course, it was not perfect and there was some.... contention between most managers and employees, however I've experienced much, MUCH worse at other companies.