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12 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…

12 days ago

Speech Scientist Boston, MA

Experience with mathematical libraries. Preferred Qualifications • PhD highly desired • Project…

6 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…

10 days ago

Senior Software Developer Boston, MA

For our fast growing engineering team, Kiva is seeking a talented and motivated software engineer with interest and experience in design and…

15 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…

19 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…

10 days ago

Software Integration Engineer Woburn, MA

Kiva is seeking uniquely talented and motivated engineers to join our Configuration, Integration and Test team. The ideal candidate will partner a…

24 hrs ago

Data Scientist – new Woburn, MA

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

17 days ago

Operations Woburn, MA

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

10 days ago

Software Engineer Tools Woburn, MA

The Kiva software team is developing a complex material handling software application for deployment in large-scale customer factory solutions. The… 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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