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Overall good company to work for

Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com

ProsAmazon is a fast paced environment that allows one to learn a lot from developing large scale software. The company does care about it's customers. You can often end political arguments by focusing on the customers. You will work with a bunch of smart workers who are very talented. The work life balance is decent, but it also depends on the team you are on. The senior management has been pretty good at listening to people below them, and giving the workers the proper support they need. Senior management also has a pretty good idea of how to progress the team for the future.

ConsThe biggest down side is carrying a pager around. Depending on your luck of the draw, you could be working on holidays. Some teams within the company are not as responsive to taking ownership. i've also seen many talented SDE 2's that have worked at Amazon for many years that have not been promoted to SDE 3. It seems that jump is a huge roadblock for the SDE career path. The health benefits are not that great when compared with some other companies. Also, the company's only perk is a 10% discount towards Amazon.com purchases up to a total savings of $100 a year. Even if one of the company's core value is frugality, this is too frugal.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor the most part, i believe in the senior management at Amazon. They are fairly approachable, and you also feel you can escalate an issue to them and have them actually listen. The senior management also does a decent job of giving praise when the individual has done something to deserve the praise. That type of recognition is always good to have.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to get your career started

Software Development Engineer II (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Amazon.com


Pros: Got to work on a cool project that the whole… Cons: Large company bureaucracy and fiefdoms. Advice to Senior Management: Thanks for the ride. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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Could be great, but management treats employees like crap

Unix Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Amazon.com


Pros: You'll learn a lot and its a growing environment. I used to get really frustrated about the focus on frugality and the not-invented-here and… Cons: Frugality get taken to an extreme. It leads to bad decision making if the payoff cannot be measured. If you simply argue that… Advice to Senior Management: If you'd spend 1-2% more on your employees to keep them happy and treat them less like replaceable cogs it would vastly help with retention.… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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