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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

Pros

Amazon does a great job of hiring the best people. You will get to work with some of the smartest people you'll encounter anywhere. I met more people with 2+ advanced degrees while working in the supply chain group than anywhere else.

Cons

There is hardly any chance of a person receiving a promotion. Part of the problem with hiring the best people is that really good performance is considered average. With hundreds of engineers in an organization only a tiny number would ever be promoted in a year. It's very discouraging.

There are 2 very different worlds in Amazon, the older areas and the newer ones. Working in the original operations or retail areas you can have a work life balance. However, in the AWS division people are expected to work roughly 60 hours per week. There is no work/life balance. If you have a family your spouse really can't have a job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The AWS division should learn from the rest of the company how to treat its engineers. In the rest of the company engineers are expected to think like business owners and their opinions are valued. In AWS, or at least my corner, management doesn't want engineers to make suggestions.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    I have enjoyed working for Amazon and continue to learn daily

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Lexington, KY

    Pros

    Always new challenges and things to learn
    A company you can be proud of the way they treat their customers
    A company growing is alway more fun

    Cons

    Work life balance becomes an issue. At Amazon you get the job done period and that can come a cost to your family balance. You have to love working here. You will either love it or hate it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 18 people found this helpful  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Human Resources-Recruiting  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources-Recruiting in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, great projects, good values employees can support for the most part, and it has fairly good opportunities to work in other areas if you desire.

    Cons

    1. Very bad work life balance, and the company is more than ok with hiring employees and just burning them out, " they can always be replaced" is the mantra, and thus work life balance is out the door.
     2.Comp is ok for Seattle, but poor industry-wide, as they trick you with stock grants, thus you don't make the money unless you stay for 4-5 years, if you get a promotion, you will see a small base salary increase, and stock grants (which you will not see for 1-2 years) Thus, they promote you, have you work even harder for 1-2 years, just so you can get the money your promotion came with 2 years earlier....really underhanded of them as a company.
    3. Recruiting at amazon is hard, and some of the recruiting managers are great, others are down-right just mean people. The buisness is fun to work with, but usually you don't have enough resources to do right by them as the turn-over in the company drives high hiring volume- which you will never fully get ahead of due the poor quality of life all around in the company. As a recruiter you will work a lot, and for the pay its not worth it.

    Approves of CEO
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