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30+ days ago

Practice Manager Cambridge, MA

At AWS, we’re hiring highly technical cloud computing architects to help our partners develop technical expertise and capacity, and to work with our…

30+ days ago

Solutions Architect Cambridge, MA

In this role, you will have the opportunity to help shape and execute a strategy to build mindshare and broad use of Amazon Web Services (including…

30+ days ago

Data Associate Cambridge, MA

In addition, the Data Associate will need to quickly understand changes to conventions deployed in response to customers’ requests and change…

22 days ago

Sr. Electromechanical Engineer Cambridge, MA

As a Sr. Electromechanical Engineer, you will engage with an experienced cross-disciplinary staff to conceive and design innovative products. Working…

17 days ago

Enterprise Solutions Architect Cambridge, MA

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking for experienced and motivated technologists who possess a unique balance of technical depth and strong…

21 days ago

Cloud Infrastructure Architect Boston, MA

Professional Services engage in a wide variety of projects for customers and partners, providing collective experience from across the AWS customer…

29 days ago

SI Solutions Architect Boston, MA

will include: owning the technical engagement with strategic partners. The ideal candidate will possess deep technical skill in software…

30+ days ago

Senior Big Data Consultant Boston, MA

At AWS, we’re hiring highly technical cloud computing architects to collaborate with our customers and partners on key engagements. Our consultants…

30+ days ago

IT Support Technician Boston, MA

Amazon, one of the top 100 companies in the United States, has an immediate opening for an IT Support Technician in our Fulfillment Center…

30+ days ago

Speech Scientist Boston, 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… 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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