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Inside the Giant Machine - An Story (English Edition) par [S., Kalpanik, Zheng, Colin, Traphagen, Pamela]
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Behind Amazon's quirky smile logo lurks a cold and calculating giant machine. Author Kalpanik S. reveals his own smile as he tells the somewhat quirky story of his complex, and often hilarious, relationship with Amazon. From the sophisticated wit in his portrayal of the courtship period in "How To Get Hired By Amazon In Ten Days", to the dark humor of the disillusionment period in "The Cold, Calculating Machine", Kalpanik's story is more than just an insider's view of the giant machine known as It's a modern, universal story of the uneasy relationship between an individual and today's gargantuan corporations. In the end, it is also a story of redemption for creative and freethinking individuals that define America.


I must confess that English is my third language, and even though I have employed three professional, native English editors, it is obvious-—even to me—that this book is written by a Foreign-born author.

Foreign-born or not, I believe I have a talent for storytelling, and I have converted a dull topic—the transformation of Amazon from a retail website to a marketplace—into an interesting, humorous and lively story.

This is more of a little book than a big one. Being a technologist, I tend to be concise. The printed edition of this book is 221 pages on an 8-by-5.25-inch paper size. This may be too little for a few readers, too much for others, and just right for some.

So, If you are looking for a 1,000-page treatise on Amazon written using ornate language, then this book may not be the right book for you. But you want a book which describes my unique personal experiences in a witty, clever and yet easy read, this is what you need.

Please note that this is AN Amazon Story, not THE Amazon Story. Only one Amazon employee can write THE Amazon Story - Jeff Bezos, but he is kind of busy, so you will have to settle for this eBook.

A book about Amazon can be pretty dry, so I have tried to add some humor. In my attempt to make this book funny, a few facts may have been stretched. I quote this passage from 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @, written by Mike Daisey, a fellow Amazon alumnus–turned author:

“Some facts were injured in the telling of this story. The truth, however, remains unharmed.”

That applies to this book as well.


Kalpanik S.


As the author moves to Seattle to work for Amazon, he makes us feel that we are traveling with him, making us feel the vitality of the fast moving Tech world, we read the words on the page but live them in the theater of our imagination, feeling his every feeling. From author’s very emotional yearning for acceptance in a new city, his second immigration, to the hilarious piece on Seattle's slacker sun, I found this story to be funny and yet poignant .....John Lehman, Author

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Beaucoup appris sur Amazon, ne se rendent pas compte que tout ce que la livraison rapide et à faible coût sont venus à un tel fardeau émotionnel et physique élevée pour les employés. Lecture recommandée.
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Un livre intéressant, un reminder pour ceux qui ont travaillé dans cette grande maison qu'est Amazon et une découverte pour les autres. A l'heure des grandes mutations ce livre est à lire !!!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Inside Insights 9 avril 2014
Par Loyd Eskildson - Publié sur
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Amazon sold its first book July of 1995; Bezos selected a name beginning with 'A' to provide early alphabetic listing, the word 'Amazon' was appealing because it conveyed a sense of 'bigness.' Author Kalpanik ended up working there after being laid off as a result of a merger. Getting hired, however, required a two-day-long marathon session lasting 9-10 hours each day and being interviewed by 23 different individuals. He was asked to design systems for real-time inventory information, traffic light control, guaranteed message delivery, credit card authorization, etc. He also wrote a program to find a pair of numbers such that their sum is K, another to find the most frequent character in a list, etc., explained how Jennifer Lopez's curvature could be approximated using a hyperbolic paraboloid, described why his first dot-com failed, explained various programming standards, and solved several brainteasers. Two weeks later, Kalpanik received a job offer! However, its 3-year non-compete requirement and relatively low salary led Kalpanik to decline the opportunity. The offer was sweetened, and Kalpanik was on-board.

Fresh college graduates had to stand out on SAT scores and college grade-point averages - Ivy Leaguers were preferred.

Amazon's performance review process utilized a 'rank and yank' system were the bottom 10% usually were fired. Kalpanik eventually realized that Amazon did not provide a nurturing environment for employees - it was a giant, cold, and calculating number-crunching machine. Most meetings at Amazon resembled stress-inducing oral thesis exams at major universities - ultimately what mattered most was how confidently you answered questions. Preparing for these meetings required long hours, contributing to 60-80 hour work-weeks.

Amazon requires all its managers and supervisors to work in a warehouse as part of its customer connection training. Its Fernley, Nevada sits is the largest. Special tape was placed on creates of inventory belong to other large merchants using Amazon as their fulfillment provider - eg. Target, Toys "R" Us. Item locations were optimized for shipping ease - bar-codes were essential to both identify items and their locations. Shipping carrier performance is measured at every hub, and if a hub makes too many mistakes Amazon stops sending packages there until corrections are implemented. Visual cues on performance come from piling up damaged, duplicated, or inaccurately picked items.

During early days picking and packing cost about 15% of sales, worse yet when Amazon expanded into toys and electronics. When Kalpanik visited in 2003, Amazon centers had halved the cost and cut picking and packing errors in half. Its affiliate program provides commissions ranging from 4 - 15% and has 900,000 members. By 2003, 20% of revenues came from overseas, including $750 million in China to 114 million customers.

Amazon has operating margins of less than 65, vs. eBay with 24% - in 2003 the latter's market capitalization was 3X that of Amazon while absent inventory risk, warehouse building/operating costs. The Amazon Marketplace boosted margins - providing connections between buyers and sellers. To keep third party sellers' customer service standards high, customer reviews were posted, with order cancellations due to lack of inventory, on-time shipments, returns, and claims filed were tracked. By 2003 the marketplace accounted for only one-sixth of revenues but one-third of profits. Amazon's uniform item description ensured customers they were looking at different prices for the same product, while those at eBay had to go through descriptions of every listing with similar sounding titles to be sure they were making apples-to-apples comparisons.

The 'Search Inside the Book' option allowed customers to flip through the first few pages of a book as well as to search within the book. Digitalizing a book involved scanning it one page at a time and then using OCR to create a digital version.

Amazon warehouse conditions became unbearable in the summer - employees began collapsing when internal temperatures went above 100 degrees. Many/most of the workers were temps employed through an agency and workers were afraid to ask for even unpaid time-off because this result in automatic demerit points. (Six points within three months --> dismissal.) Unlike other warehouse, Amazon would not open dock doors on opposite side to allow air circulation. Workers and supervisors who did not meet their targets were fired; in addition, the bottom 10% were in trouble. Workers were assigned hourly fulfillment rates, and as soon as they got used to that pace, the rates were increased.

Kalpanik left.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 25% of a book - dont bother 18 septembre 2013
Par Mark T. Rafter - Publié sur
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First of all, this small paperback clocking in at barely over 200 pages has a whole lot of white space on every page. Double spaced with wide margins, it's pretty clear the author needed to beef up the page count. So, half the book isnt there at all.

Half of what's left isnt really about Amazon but various aspects of the author's life, family, his wrenching departure from Silicon Valley moving to the clouds of Seattle. Ho Hum. That's nice.

So, were left with 25% of might be expected in a 200 page book about that is actually about A lot of it is history (available elsewhere), some insights into the 21st century sweat shop that is Amazon (including the well publicized working conditions mess they got themselves into in Allentown, PA back in 2011, long after the author had left so he is merely reporting news at this point) and multiple insights into how tough the interview process is (including lots of low level programmer geek Q&A that our author survived to get offered a job). So impressive. The author also seems to have gone out of his way to use images of Jeff Bezos looking like a cartoon alien, curious about this planet and its inhabitants. (In all honesty, finding pictures like that probably wasn't that difficult).

Anyway, if you are looking for insight into business models, corporate culture, history ... there is scant bit of all that but nothing nearly enough to get a real sense of one of the most significant cogs in the history of the internet. If there is a book out there like that, I haven't found it yet but don't bother with this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I've been there, done that... 13 août 2013
Par Paulo Fernandes Sarli - Publié sur
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I also have been inside the Giant machine and escaped alive. I can relate to a lot of things the author writes about in his book, in ways that most people can't even conceive. Even those of us in the software engineering field are in for a shock once inside the Giant machine. The employee attrition rate is huge, more than 50% of software developers at Amazon, at any given point in time, have less than 1 year on the job. Of course, I could be wrong by now, as far as statistics goes...
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very informative, who knew? 29 novembre 2013
Par Rick - Publié sur
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A good look at the inside.
From a true insider with a sense of humor. I am surprised Amazon agreed to publish this book!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not very informative - pass on this one 3 novembre 2013
Par WG - Publié sur
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Sadly, I can't recommend this book - it is very short on details of Amazon, with a lot of the content being reporting already public news from events during and after his departure from Amazon. A good chunk of the book has no reference to Amazon at all, and follows the authors personal life immediately before joining Amazon, his personal life while at Amazon, and immediately thereafter. Some of the content about Amazon is interesting, although it is few and far between, and time consuming to sift through the rest. Pass on this one - you won't regret it.
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