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30+ days ago

Software Development Manager

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

At Amazon Web Services you'll be part of a world-class team that has the entrepreneurial feel of a start-up. This is an opportunity to engineer and… Amazon.com


30+ days ago

Senior Software Dev Engineer

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

Customers using AWS Direct Connect establish high capacity connections between their existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud, enabling seamless… Amazon.com


9 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

Security is the #1 concern of customers moving to the cloud. AWS Cryptography enables AWS customers to securely move their workloads to the cloud by… Amazon.com


30+ days ago

Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Herndon, VA

· Minimum of 3 years development or scripting experience (in Java, C, Perl, Ruby, Python, bash, etc.) · Minimum of 3 years building and running… Amazon.com


30+ days ago

Sr. Software Development 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


30+ 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


4 days ago

Software Development Engineer II

Amazon.com Seattle, WA

As a Software Development Engineer, you will help tackle a variety of technical challenges. Given that this is an early-stage initiative, you will… Amazon.com


25 days ago

Software Development Engineer II

Amazon.com San Francisco, CA

We're looking for outstanding Engineers who combine superb technical, research and analytical capabilities with a demonstrated ability to get complex… Amazon.com


30+ days ago

Software Development Engineer II

Amazon.com Phoenix, AZ

The Worldwide Operations and Customer Service Learning & Talent Development team is seeking a Software Development Engineer to develop innovative… Amazon.com


30+ days ago

Software Development Engineer II

Amazon.com JP, 13, Meguro

To meet these challenges, we are looking for a high-energy, talented software development engineer to help build and deliver the new features and… Amazon.com


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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 Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

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    Positive Outlook
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    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 Management

    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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