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Electrical Specialist

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA

The qualified candidate will have Electrical or electronics engineering programming experience, excellent writing skills, and the ability to… Amazon.com


16 days ago

Sr. Manager Data Center Operations

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA +2 locations

include: · Be the focal point for any issues within the cluster and drive SLA improvements to all the services · Ensure the IT Datacenter… Amazon.com


9 days ago

Senior Manager

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA

Are you ready to own the end-to-end network scaling for the largest cloud network on the planet? The AWS Senior Scaling and Integration Leader is… Amazon.com


16 days ago

ACES Technical Project Manager

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA

The Infrastructure Operations Organization is looking for an experienced, Technical Project Manager to drive data center operational issues between… Amazon.com


14 days ago

Program Manager

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA

· Create a lean production system in a 7x24x365 data center operation. · Identify and facilitate continuous improvement projects in partnership… Amazon.com


11 days ago

East Coast DC Cluster Director

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA

This Cluster Director will be responsible for Amazon’s datacenters located in our Northern Virginia operations. This position will own the… Amazon.com


11 days ago

Data Center Chief Engineer

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA +2 locations

The Data Center Chief Engineer (CE) is responsible for ensuring that all electrical, mechanical, and fire/life safety equipment within the data… Amazon.com


14 days ago

Quality Engineer

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA

We are currently seeking an energetic Data Center Quality Engineer to serve as a technical resource within Amazon data centers. Ideal candidates will… Amazon.com


11 days ago

Data Center Facility Manager

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA +2 locations

We are seeking an energetic Data Center Facility Manager to serve as a technical resource and leader within Amazon IAD data centers. The position… Amazon.com


11 days ago

Network Technician

Amazon.com Ashburn, VA

will include scaling support of several data center locations and be responsible for day to day assistance with capacity management. The Network… Amazon.com


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    Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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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 (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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