Life at Amazon Japan as Website Manager
When my headhunter Rusty said "I'm sending your resume to Amazon for the position of Website Manager", I blinked several times and stared at him. I then replied "yeah right."
Within months of leaving Nature, I found myself on the management team at Amazon working with the General Manager Jasper Cheung to run the company. I was managing all aspects of website deployment and had a fantastic team of about 30 heads to help me.
A few months ago I was in a Comfort Zone and then all of a sudden I found myself earning triple my Nature salary with a load of AMZN stock options running one of the biggest websites in the world.
I joined Amazon as the youngest member of the management team as Website Manager. The new environment was a huge challenge. The Amazonian technology was incredible which felt completely alien. I learned that I was a people manager and started to learn new Japanese terms as I was working with many departments including Vendor Management, Buying, Merchandising, Finance, Legal, Retail, Marketing, Web Services, Public Relations, Human Resources, Supply Chain / Operations and IT. A list of all the shenanigans that I got up to in Amazon in the Working at Amazon and Microsoft post.
I did work in an international environment at Nature but not on the scale of Amazon where every quarter I would travel to either the UK, France, Germany or the US to meet the other Website Managers for our website planning process. I also got to experience corporate company politics too. Being the youngest management team member, some of the other members would question my people management skills. A few of the other management members even got HR to interview my staff to see whether I was capable as a manager.
But it did turn out that I was a people manager and I continued to work hard to schedule projects so that my staff could go home at 6pm - while some of the other management members kept their staff back until the early hours of the morning. The turnover rate for the Web Production was the lowest in the organization with high morale too. We launched all projects that we committed to on-time and to-spec.
As a manager at Amazon, I drew a pie chart that my staff started to call "Danny's Pie" which if you say very fast could be made to sound like "Danny's Oppai."
The pie is divided into three - each piece is 8 hours. Presuming that you work 8 hours and sleep for 8 hours then you have 8 hours remaining which is one slice of the pie. I then start to cut up the remaining piece.
The 8 remaining hours is needed for things like personal hygiene, nourishment intake, health care (very important), cleaning, commuting and other chores which are important in life but generally don't contribute a whole lot to your career or personal development.
If you subtract the time needed for all the above from the final piece of the pie then all you would have left each day is 4-ish hours which you need to use on spending with friends/loved ones, entertainment/recreation and personal development - learning a new subject, beefing up current skills, researching etc.
Now imagine that you spent more than 8 hours at work. In order to do the other stuff, you would either have to sleep less or start to drop some of the other stuff. Some folks with long work hours drop "personal development" which I consider to be crucial to the development of an employee's life, career and well being.
Outside of work and sleep, if you are not getting your 8 hours then perhaps its time do something about it? Could it be the lack of your 8 hours that your Japanese studying is always put on the back burner?