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Senior Manager Ashburn, VA +26 locations

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…

20 days ago

Senior Manager Strategic Planning Newark, NJ

Audible’s Strategic planning team is tasked with creating the roadmap for our products. We are consultants to the product and marketing folks and…

4 days ago

Fresh Senior Manager Seattle, WA

Our Senior Program Managers work across the organization to find solutions… accomplish this, a Senior Program Manager must think strategically and make…

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Senior Vendor Manager – new Seattle, WA

experience. The Senior Vendor Manager is a passionate customer and category…

4 days ago

Senior Manager of Hardware Devices Sunnyvale, CA

As a Senior Manager in Hardware Devices, you will lead a team responsible for Kindle hardware device development.…

17 hrs ago

Senior Marketing Manager – new Seattle, WA

B2B represents an incredible opportunity to address a vast new market segment and customer base and is an area of high interest for Amazon. We are…

20 days ago

AWS Senior Finance Manager Seattle, WA

On the AWS Finance team you will be surrounded by people that are exceptionally talented, bright, and driven, and believe that world class support is…

3 days ago

Senior Account Manager. Amazon – new Seattle, WA

The successful candidate will own a portfolio of multi-million dollar (Fortune 1000-like) clients across 3-4 industry verticals. They will need to…

2 days ago

Senior Production Manager – new Woburn, MA

· Hire, develop and lead team of Assembly Technicians for delivery of high quality products. · Achieve best-in-class quality metrics and lead process…

4 days ago

Senior Software Manager Seattle, WA

creative teams of Amazon Game Studios. Senior managers at Amazon must excel… 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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