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16 days ago

Commercial Account Manager Boston, MA

· Drive adoption in a defined set of accounts to meet or exceed revenue targets. · Develop and execute against a strategic…

30+ days ago

AWS DevOps Consultant Boston, MA

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

30+ days ago

Senior Solutions Architect Boston, MA

Amazon Web Services is looking for a highly motivated Solutions Architect to help accelerate our growing State, Local and Education (SLED) business…

23 days ago

Director of Talent Acquisition Woburn, MA

Kiva is looking to hire a dynamic and highly motivated Director of Talent Acquisition to join their Human Resources team in North Reading, MA. The…

28 days ago

Technical Project Manager Woburn, MA

Kiva is seeking a talented and motivated Technical Project Manager. The Project Manager is responsible for providing project management support for…

30+ days ago

Data Scientist Woburn, MA

· Build complex statistical models that learn from and scale to terabytes of data. · Confidently extracts and queries very large data sets using…

30+ days ago

Operations Woburn, MA

Kiva Systems is seeking a talented and motivated Operations–Program Manager. This position reports directly to the Manager of Operations Program…

30+ days ago

Robotics Systems Research Engineer Woburn, MA

Kiva’s Research and Advanced Development group is seeking a passionate, self-motivated and experienced electrical/mechanical/mechatronics/robotics…

30+ days ago

Technical Account Manager Woburn, MA

· Experience in a broad range of manufacturing technologies such as casting, sheet metal, machining, welding etc. · Thorough understanding and use of…

8 days ago

UI Woburn, MA

Kiva is seeking a talented and motivated UI/UX Engineer who is passionate and experience in designing, deploying, and troubleshooting large-scale… 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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