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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Smart people makes it worth working for Amazon

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employees are intelligent and committed and you will get to learn a lot from them. The compensation is good. You will be judged fairly, based on your performance.

    Cons

    It is mostly work and no play. There is nothing free in Amazon - no free food and stuff like that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add that missing 'play'

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Satisfied SDE I

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Year 1: 90k base salary, 25k bonus, 10k relocation pay.

    Year 2-4: 90k base salary (barring a raise), mix of bonus/stock to average out at ~110k yearly compensation.

    Healthcare is good, dental is good. Money is decent for the seattle area. Not outrageously good and not bad.

    I work ~40 hours a week and am happy with my work-life balance, but I can definitely see how there is potential for a horrible time. Everything is so team dependent here.

    I'd advise any potential hires to take this job if it's the best offer you have, but if you're stuck with a bad team/management, find a new job asap.

    Cons

    On call can be terrible. If you're stuck with bad management or a team that wants to overwork you, you have no recourse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SDE retention should be a major metric of how good a manager/pm team is. I've seen nearly 100% turnover in my time and that should be a MAJOR negative for management.

    I have seen how promotions work... and damn. Amazon provides zero incentive for promotion. More work and less time to do that work because of all the meetings in exchange for a small bump in salary. It should surprise no one that people come in as SDE I, then get out even if their team is decent. There's just no incentive to advance our career here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - A lot of interesting projects
    - Proposed compensation was well above that I expected
    - I've got my green card in 2 years after first day
    - Great CEO with very ambitious plans

    Cons

    - not much benefits in office (no free food etc)
    - on-calls
    - if you are not doing well in your current project, most probably you will be fired - no chance to switch if you under-performing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes person just not right for the project. So restriction to change project if performance on current project is low - kind of harsh.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Technology, team work, fast pace, better for fresh graudate to get experience

    Cons

    bad working environment, bad manager if you happen to meet, peer pressure, bad work life balance, on call, on call, on call!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Software Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of teams and lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Hectic and oncall is generally bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Good compensation in initial salary

    Cons

    Not much benefits for employees

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Knowledge school, too much work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    There are a lot of learning opportunities both in team projects as well as tech talks that happen every week. I would say Amazon Web Services is a school which excel in Distributed Systems.

    Cons

    Too much work load. This is connected to the learning I mentioned before. Much of the time is spent in learning which causes to work long hours. But I like this way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management strives hard for good career of each employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 17 people found this helpful  

    High salary and low everything else

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazon pays well. You will also learn how to be assertive (aggressive) about your opinions, how to work type-A politics, and how to debug difficult code.

    Cons

    Amazon has some insane turnover. A little more than 1 year after I left, most of the people I knew there on LinkedIn have switched companies. It's not because those companies are great, or pay well - it's just because when you've been at Amazon for a year or two, your attitude tends to be "I don't see how it could get worse than this."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings and they might stick around a bit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Your experience is based solely on your team, I got lucky

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Felt like I had a lot of real-world impact. My manager was one of few that knew how to treat interns as intelligent people, and gave me quite a bit of flexibility for my project. I'd recommend it in order to grow a career in the future, as I learned a lot.

    Cons

    Some perks would have been nice. Most tech companies offer this, and Amazon tries to drill into your head that frugality is key. While the compensation was nice and I'm not one to demand all of the silly things Google offers, if there was a daily lunch served, this would have made a big difference in my experience as an intern (not having to stress about cooking food everyday = better intern experience = better conversion rate).

    Team also wasn't the most social one around, but hey it gave me more time for relaxing on the weekends I guess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the right balance for your interns. Most of my friends were overworked. A difficult project can be rewarding, but it's gotta still be in scope for a college student who is still learning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work right out of school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot in a short time period here, and working 2 years here is pretty much the equivalent in technical and business skills as a masters degree. There are many options to move to once you're in the company, and their ideals for leadership are good ideals. I appreciate the fact that they follow the idea that no matter your level or experience, your opinion will still be heard. It is not often you get rank pulled on you (but it still happens occasionally).

    Cons

    Expectations of how much you should work seem to be skewed by management. Not a very clear promotional cycle between SDE-1 and SDE-2. It seems very difficult to move up in the company once you hit SDE-3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your dev managers better. I have yet to meet a decent dev manager in this company, which is unsettling to say the least.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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