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You walk into a new job and discover a bright, shiny, state-of-the-art computer on your desk. There's that extra buzz of excitement as you sit in your tiny cubicle. Or your tiny space along a very large table.
This doesn't appear to be the case for project managers at Amazon.
I judge this from a Business Insiderexposé in which former Amazon employees, now working for Google, talk about their past experiences at Jeff Bezos' happy camp.
There were terrible stories of so-called frupidity. This is the glorious blend of frugality and stupidity that seems to infect too many companies.
One of the most pungent complaints, however, came from a former Amazon product manager. It seems that Amazon didn't think these vital employees were worthy of MacBooks. Instead, they were given "subpar Windows laptops."
One can only wonder which particular laptops these might have been. One person's subpar is another person's "works fine for me."
But this particular project manager described their pain like this: "I found it ridiculous because there's no joy in Windows laptops and when there's no joy, no creativity happens, and when there's no creativity, what's a PM's worth?"