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24 days ago

Amazon Software Development Engineer Cambridge, MA

At AWS we are continuously innovating and expanding our pay-as-you-go cloud based services to meet the growing needs of our customers. Today our…

30+ days ago

Machine Learning Scientist Cambridge, MA +2 locations

· Ability to code with an object oriented language. · Ability to develop system prototypes · Experience with mathematical…

30+ days ago

Software Development Engineer Cambridge, MA +3 locations

The ideal candidate is clearly passionate about new opportunities and has a demonstrable track record of success in delivering new features and…

25 days ago

Research Scientist Cambridge, MA

A Scientist on this team will develop creative, novel, and practical solutions to complex problems. He or she will create advances to current…

30+ days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer Cambridge, MA +2 locations

Audible’s Connected Devices team is looking for a software development engineer to join our work on the future of Audible’s Android applications for…

30+ days ago

Amazon Web Services Technical Trainer Cambridge, MA

Here's your chance to work as a Senior Technical Trainer on a newly formed team, with high visibility and significant customer impact. The successful…

30+ days ago

Software Engineer Cambridge, MA +3 locations

At AWS we are continuously innovating and expanding our pay-as-you-go cloud based services to meet the growing needs of our customers. Today our…

30+ days ago

Manager Cambridge, MA

As a member of the technical team you will be responsible for... - Owning the strategic planning and project management for a variety of technical…

30+ days ago

AWS in Kendall Square Cambridge, MA

Today AWS provides the widest set of storage service choices to help our customers solve their specific use case…

30+ days ago

Systems Engineer Cambridge, MA

Amazon is building some of the largest distributed systems in the world, and we need smart people to help plan and put together the pieces. Amazon… Reviews

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    Pretty mediocre company for which to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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    Nothing special, really. An advantage is that you can push hard for something, and if you're willing to put in the time, you will be able to get it done. If you've got the energy, drive, and chutzpah, you can do well here, but this is a production environment, don't expect cutting edge.

    Pay is good.


    Amazon is basically a big store with a huge web presence. Don't expect anything really exciting to happen here. Although, occasionally, something may pop out.

    When you work here, consider yourself a cog. The catch-phrase is something like "a good software developer can do anything." What this means, in practice, is that everyone seems to be working on stuff they are not particularly good at. If there is a need to deal with a web scalability problem, there may be someone two desks down who may be an expert on server scalability, but is instead working on UI. No effort seems to be made to fit people with their strengths.

    Amazon's emphasis on frugality makes it so the work environment is not particularly pleasant. Be prepared to work in a "start up" work environment with power cords hanging from the ceiling, cheap desks, no partitions, etc.

    A real issue with the frugality mindset is that Amazon tries to develop on a shoestring. The build procedures are poorly planned, and tools are pretty primitive. Most infrastructure groups are woefully understaffed and it shows. Because the infrastructure is so poor, developers can expect to spend more time dealing with infrastructure issues (such as build issues) than in other companies. So much time is wasted dealing with issues like this, that you can expect to work overtime just to get a normal amount of work done.

    Lastly, benefits are not great.

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