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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


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Sr. Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Seattle, WA

The Kindle Store team is offering a truly exceptional opportunity to be a part of a collaborative team working on Amazon.com's best selling product… Amazon.com


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Sr. Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Tempe, AZ

You will be building large distributed systems that are reliable, maintainable and scalable. You will get your hands dirty designing full stack of… Amazon.com


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Sr. Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Irvine, CA

· Help our game developers build without constraints - drive the technology enables a world-class gamer experience. · Research rendering techniques… Amazon.com


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Sr Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Cupertino, CA

Global Action Trace is a two-year old, rapidly growing Amazon engineering team building “programming in the large” service & infrastructure which… Amazon.com


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Sr. Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com San Francisco, CA

We solve interesting, real-world challenges - from optimizing content for small screen sizes, developing new ways to shop using tablet computers… Amazon.com


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Sr Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Austin, TX

Your will be part of a team that is responsible for all aspects of the customer experience - from the visual interface to the back end services. You… Amazon.com


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Sr. Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Palo Alto, CA

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Sr. Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Sunnyvale, CA

We are looking for a passionate, hard-working and talented Software Development Engineer who has experience building innovative, mission critical… Amazon.com


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Sr. Software Development Engineer

Amazon.com Boston, MA

· Responsible for the development and maintenance of key system features · Will work with other team members to investigate design approaches… Amazon.com


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    Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others

    • Comp & Benefits
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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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