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22 days ago

Data Center Field Engineer

Amazon Ashburn, VA

We are looking for a Field Engineer with hands on design and troubleshooting experience. If you understand mission critical data center designs… Amazon


19 days ago

Regional Operations Engineering Sr. Manager

Amazon Sterling, VA

Amazon is seeking an experienced and detail oriented Regional Operations Engineering Manager responsible for design, build and continuous improvement… Amazon


27 days ago

Software Development Engineer, AWS Security Services

Amazon Herndon, VA

Our team is looking for highly intelligent software and systems professionals to join us and help us continue to raise the security bar for cloud… Amazon


5 days ago

Software Development Manager, Security Analytics

Amazon Herndon, VA

The AWS IT Security team is responsible for the security and availability of all of the services offered by AWS, including EC2, S3, and others. Our… Amazon


9 days ago

AWS Tech CSA

Amazon Herndon, VA

As an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Customer Support Associate (CSA), you will field customer e-mail, phone and chat support contacts, interface with AWS… Amazon


27 days ago

Controls Engineer (Construction)

Amazon Herndon, VA

The Data Center Global Services team is looking for exceptional individuals to join our Controls & Technology organization as Controls Engineers… Amazon


10 days ago

SCADA Security Engineering Manager

Amazon Herndon, VA

The Data Center Global Services organization is looking for exceptional individuals to join Infrastructure Performance Services group as a Security… Amazon


12 days ago

Systems Engineer, Amazon EC2

Amazon Herndon, VA

We are seeking people with strong database and systems engineering skills. The ideal candidate will be clearly passionate about the large opportunity… Amazon


21 days ago

Procurement Specialist-Data Center Global Services (DCGS)

Amazon Herndon, VA

We are seeking a talented, smart, experienced and entrepreneurial person to support DCGS in its competitive bidding and vendor management efforts and… Amazon


20 days ago

Data Center Business Manager

Amazon Herndon, VA

You will evaluate large cross-functional projects, collaborating with all organizational levels to optimize planning, financial impacts and… Amazon


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    Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazon is doing lot's of cool stuff...but lots of boring stuff too. There are really well run teams...and very badly run teams. The experience for software managers and engineers is all over the board, from really run low operational load teams to teams where people burn out after a year.

     - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. You can generally expect that anyone who's been here for more than 2 years is competent and motivated or they wouldn't have survived. You can count on them as long as your priorities are aligned. There aren't many slackers here, and they don't survive long.
      - We work on so much stuff that there's always an opportunity to find amazing cool stuff to work on (note that it's an 'opportunity', one that you have to pursue)
      - A chance to make a huge difference
      - A place where you can learn a lot about all kinds of things, both technical and about yourself
      - Amazon encourages high mobility - even your manager can't prevent you from moving to another team within 6 weeks (normally, more than a few months under unusual conditions).
      - Your friends and family have actually heard of the place you work and have at least a vague notion of what Amazon does without you having to explain

    Cons

    - You're responsible for your own career progression and finding the places and teams that are doing the stuff you want to do. No one is going to take you by the hand and help you with that.
    - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. The strong survive and the weak perish (metaphorically speaking) and the 'bar' is constantly increasing. The level of performance that would have been acceptable five years ago will get you canned today. It's a kind of crucible that'll help you develop a harder edge, if you can survive, that can serve you well in your career and in life, but it's often not a pleasant experience.

    I wouldn't recommend it as a place to work for just anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stack ranking is a horrible practice since it's rife with favoritism. It's also not Amazonian in that it's not data based (arbitrarily designating a certain percentage of employees that must be put on performance management isn't a data driven criterion) and it's not frugal (effectively forcing an individual out of the company in one division who would make the grade in another is either retaining someone who doesn't meet the bar or a waste of talent). The goal is to force managers to actually make the hard decisions about how their team members compare with each other (not everyone can be exceptional), but it has more defects than virtues. Replace it with a common comparison of each person against the bar for their position, based on data. The percentages that are assigned to each performance category will turn out how they turn out, but there will be an evaluation mechanism that's fair and frugal.

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