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Software Engineer

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

Our team is looking for highly intelligent software and systems professionals to join us and help us continue to raise the security bar for cloud… Amazon.com


16 days ago

Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

The AWS Government Cloud Solutions team is in a unique position to develop and own software with the potential to be used both internally and… Amazon.com


9 hrs ago

Sr. Software Development Engineer – new

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

The ideal candidate is passionate about solving security hurdles in innovative ways. This person thrives and succeeds in delivering high quality… Amazon.com


19 days ago

Cloud Platform Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

Our impact extends beyond our internal customers. We also take these systems and package them to provide new and exciting customer-facing AWS… Amazon.com


16 days ago

Cloud Security Platform Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

Our impact extends beyond our internal customers. We also take these systems and package them to provide new and exciting customer-facing AWS… Amazon.com


12 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com New York, NY

We are seeking an experienced Software Development Engineer to join our team to build and extend a wide range of large scale, multi-tiered… Amazon.com


10 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Austin, TX

As a Senior Software Development Engineer, you will have an enormous opportunity… Amazon.com


13 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Sunnyvale, CA

As a Senior Software Development Engineer – Kernel Drivers in the platform… Amazon.com


14 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com San Francisco, CA

You are highly-motivated and thrive in an environment where problems are open-ended. You enjoy engaging in passionate discussions with smart people… Amazon.com


14 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Irvine, CA

As a Senior Software Development Engineer at Double Helix, you will become a key… Amazon.com


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    Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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 Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    - 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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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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