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Senior Retail Channel Account Manager - Kindle Offline Retail

Amazon Corporate Services London, England

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    Former Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

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    Pros

    -Good brand to have on CV
    -Working with really smart people in every department
    -Interesting projects to work on al the time
    -Quick decision making and pace to work
    -Customers treated incredibly well

    Cons

    -Bruising culture - One of the Amazon leadership principles is "vocally self critical". In a scorecard if a person does 9 things out of 10 well they will be expected to talk about their failure. Whilst this drives focus, it is tiring/sapping and demoralising. Success is not celebrated. If you are doing 5 things out of 10 well expect to feel pain. As such bullying tactics are common place as senior leaders are expected to demonstrate "backbone"
    -Work life balance is zero - Amazon is a 24 hour a day 7- days a week business business so you will find it hard not to do the same
    -Admin - In addition to fantastic strategic projects expect a large amount of your work to be inane admin which could easily be automated - outsourced. Amazon does buy software tools, rather it develops its own. Some are good but most are clunky at best so expect to need to pick up the slack.
    -Promotions - The bar for promotions is incredibly high. Expect it to take 3 years of working weekends, unless you have friends in the right places

    Advice to prospective employees - If you are lucky enough to be offered roles by some of the big tech companies, choose Amazon last. If you are offered a role by Amazon, take it, go in with your eyes open. Make sure you get what you want and be ready to have a plan B up your sleeve. In my department of 150 average tenure was 13 months

    Advice to Management

    There are 14 leadership principles, half of one focusses on people (Hire and Develop the best). Turnover is high and employee engagement is low. As a result you pay above market rates for over qulaified people to do admin! Increase productivity and proitability by creating a culture where success is recognised and rewarded


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