Welcome to Amazon Circles!
The Amazon Circles program is a large-scale, global program combining best practices from Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Circles (www.leanin.org) and other mentoring research. Circles is a group-based mentoring program that facilitates the connection of employees across Amazon, helping them foster meaningful relationships with each other, expand their network, increase access to mentors, promote career development, and support each other through shared experiences. Circles are open to regular (blue badge) Amazon employees.
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Employees who choose to participate in the mentoring program will have their personal data maintained on a third party platform, hosted by AWS. The profile information will only be used for Amazon Mentoring.
What is a Circle?
A Circle is a small group of 3-10 employees who meet on a regular basis for peer-to-peer and senior mentorship. There are two main roles in an Amazon Circle:
Join as a Member: Members can search, request and join available circles. Members who join a circle are often employees at a relatively similar stage in their career.
Join as an Advisor: Advisors are professionals who guide and advise Circle members in their career paths to help them succeed. An advisor's role is to inspire, encourage, and support the Circle’s members. Advisors are generally 1-2 levels above the Circle Members and are highly encouraged, especially for mentor groups associated with Affinity Networks. Advisors are not required to initiate and launch a Circle. A circle can consist of more than one advisor, however it is recommended not to have more than two.
Propose a Circle: Both Members and Advisors can propose Circles. Usually the person that proposes the Circle also signs up as the Circle's Program Manager who is responsible for approving members and publishing the Circle, which means kicking off the six-month connection.
Employees can sign up to become a Member, Advisor, or both. Members and advisors have the option to initiate a Circle or join a Circle focused on the topic(s) they are interested in, accommodating more detailed matching preferences.
How does it work?
Circles are advised to meet monthly for six months; after which, the group can either continue the Circle for an additional six months or disband. Once a circle has been in place for 12 months, we recommend disbanding to give everyone an opportunity to start new Circles and meet new people. Circle meetings usually alternate between two formats:
- Education Meetings: Members study a topic or learn a new skill (e.g., negotiation skills).
- Experience Meetings: Members share personal/professional situations (both challenges and successes) to learn from each other's experiences.