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Amazon Work-Life Balance Defender: Prior Employer Nearly Killed Me and My Team




o-AMAZON-DELIVERY-facebookNew York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan questions whether her paper's portrayal of Amazon's brutal workplace was on target 1, citing a long, passionate response in disagreement 2 from Nick Ciubotariu, a head of infrastructure development at Amazon. Interestingly, Ciubotariu — whose take on Amazon's work-life balance ("I've never worked a single weekend when I didn't want to") was used as Exhibit A by CEO Jeff Bezos to refute the NYT's report 3 — wrote last December of regretting his role as an enabler of his team's "Death March" 4 at a former employer (perhaps Microsoft, judging by Ciubotariu's LinkedIn profile 5 and his essay's HiPo 6 and Vegas 7 references). "I asked if there were any questions," wrote Ciubotariu 8 of a team meeting. "Nadia, one of my Engineers, had one: 'Nick, when will this finally end?' As I looked around the room, I saw 9 completely broken human beings. We had been working over 100 hours a week for the past 2 months. Two of my Engineers had tears on their faces. I did my best to keep from completely breaking down myself. With my voice choking, I looked at everyone, and said: 'This ends right now'." Ciubotariu added, "I hope they can forgive me for being an enabler of their death march 9, however unwilling, and that I ultimately didn't do enough to stop it. As a 'reward' for all this, I calibrated #1 overall in my organization, and received yet another HiPo nomination and induction, at the cost of a shattered family life, my health, and a broken team. I don't think I ever felt worse in my entire career. If I could give it all back, I would, in an instant, no questions asked. Physically and mentally, I took about a year to heal."
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  1. http://www.nytimes.com/glogin?URI=http%3A%2F%2Fpub liceditor.blogs.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F08%2F18%2Fwas -portrayal-of-amazons-brutal-workplace-on-target%2 F%3F_r%3D5
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/amazonians-response -inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-nick-ciubotariu
  3. http://qz.com/481015/jeff-bezos-memo-if-amazon-was -the-company-the-new-york-times-described-employee s-would-be-crazy-to-stay/
  4. http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-employee-who -wrote-rebuttal-to-new-york-times-once-worked-100- hour-weeks-2015-8
  5. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickciubotariu
  6. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2011/0 4/28/10158865.aspx
  7. https://www.oventio.com/speaker/123720/Nick+Ciubot ariu
  8. https://medium.com/@nickciubotariu/the-work-death- march-a-survivors-tale-bba694dac710
  9. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=520124
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