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Senior Marketing Manager Seattle, WA

Amazon Instant Video is changing the way people watch movies and TV shows. Our customers can rent or purchase over 200,000 new release movies…

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Senior Marketing Analytics Manager Seattle, WA

In this role, you will be working in one of the world's largest and most complex data warehouse environments. You should be passionate about working…

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Partnership Marketing Senior Manager New York, NY

ยท Partnership Marketing o Identify and execute unique partnership opportunities with key external brands and influencers to continue to build fashion…

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Senior Integrated Marketing Manager New York, NY

* Combining a compelling story and data into sales marketing materials for advertising on IMDb, including pitches and client case studies * Creating…

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Senior Marketing Manager Santa Monica, CA

* Combining a compelling story and data into sales marketing materials for advertising on IMDb, including pitches an…

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Senior Category Marketing Manager Seattle, WA

HESS (Home Entertainment Subscription Services) is seeking a talented, dynamic & self-directed Senior Category…

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Senior Marketing and Alliances Manager Bangalore

This position is responsible for supporting in efforts to drive consumer demand for Kindle products by implementing marketing through paid channels…

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Senior Marketing Manager (m DE, BY, Munich

Amazon Instant Video ist der Video on Demand-Service des Online-Versandhandels Inc. und seit Februar 2014 in Deutschland und seit November…

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Senior Marketing Manager: Cross Beijing

As the Senior Cross-Site Marketing Manager, you will plan and drive cross-site promotions, develop…

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Senior Marketing Manager Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

A Senior Online Marketing Manager typically manages a small team, and reports to a Category Leader… Reviews

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    Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at full-time (more than 3 years)


    Amazon is doing lot's of cool stuff...but lots of boring stuff too. There are really well run teams...and very badly run teams. The experience for software managers and engineers is all over the board, from really run low operational load teams to teams where people burn out after a year.

     - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. You can generally expect that anyone who's been here for more than 2 years is competent and motivated or they wouldn't have survived. You can count on them as long as your priorities are aligned. There aren't many slackers here, and they don't survive long.
      - We work on so much stuff that there's always an opportunity to find amazing cool stuff to work on (note that it's an 'opportunity', one that you have to pursue)
      - A chance to make a huge difference
      - A place where you can learn a lot about all kinds of things, both technical and about yourself
      - Amazon encourages high mobility - even your manager can't prevent you from moving to another team within 6 weeks (normally, more than a few months under unusual conditions).
      - Your friends and family have actually heard of the place you work and have at least a vague notion of what Amazon does without you having to explain


    - You're responsible for your own career progression and finding the places and teams that are doing the stuff you want to do. No one is going to take you by the hand and help you with that.
    - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. The strong survive and the weak perish (metaphorically speaking) and the 'bar' is constantly increasing. The level of performance that would have been acceptable five years ago will get you canned today. It's a kind of crucible that'll help you develop a harder edge, if you can survive, that can serve you well in your career and in life, but it's often not a pleasant experience.

    I wouldn't recommend it as a place to work for just anyone.

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    Stack ranking is a horrible practice since it's rife with favoritism. It's also not Amazonian in that it's not data based (arbitrarily designating a certain percentage of employees that must be put on performance management isn't a data driven criterion) and it's not frugal (effectively forcing an individual out of the company in one division who would make the grade in another is either retaining someone who doesn't meet the bar or a waste of talent). The goal is to force managers to actually make the hard decisions about how their team members compare with each other (not everyone can be exceptional), but it has more defects than virtues. Replace it with a common comparison of each person against the bar for their position, based on data. The percentages that are assigned to each performance category will turn out how they turn out, but there will be an evaluation mechanism that's fair and frugal.

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