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On Madison, WI

Shopbop is looking for an organized, detail-oriented and enthusiastic photographer to join our growing on-figure photography team in Madison, WI…

28 days ago

Software Development Engineer Madison, WI

Shopbop is actively recruiting for a top tier Software Development Engineer to join our Product Shopping team. Do you want to work on high…

7 days ago

Senior Software Development Engineer Madison, WI

Shopbop is actively recruiting for a top tier Software Development Engineer to join our Product Shopping team. Do you want to work on high…

30+ days ago

Sr. Software Development Mgr. Madison, WI

· Manage a team of managers, and engineers to plan, design, and deliver complex, scalable systems that span multiple business functions with…

30+ days ago

Area Manager Madison, WI

· Partner with other Area Managers to balance labor, ensuring the entire department is operating a balanced and efficient shift while meeting all…

30+ days ago

Accounting Assistant Madison, WI

include the following: · Assist the Accounts Payable department with a variety of administrative tasks such as opening mail, scanning documents, and…

30+ days ago

Senior Software Development Engr Madison, WI

Candidates will work in Madison, WI and be part of the Shopbop Retail Experience team, working internally with other software engineers, program…

21 days ago

Senior Systems Engineer Madison, WI

You'll be part of a world-class team in a fast-paced environment that has the entrepreneurial feel of a start-up. This is an opportunity to operate…

30+ days ago

Web Content Madison, WI

· QA/proof, update, and maintain all Russiancontent · Create content in other supported languages. · Implementing time-sensitive editorial concepts…

30+ days ago

Security Technical Program Mgr Madison, WI

· Coordinate security compliance efforts (e.g. PCIDSS). · Manage internal and external security audit interaction. · Perform regular application and… Reviews

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    Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)


    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


    - 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.

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    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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