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Overall good company to work for

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Amazon 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.

Cons

The 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 Management

For 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.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Creativity in the midst of chaos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with empowered, very smart people. Lots of interesting technology. Individual groups have a lot of autonomy and are empowered to make their own decisions.

    Cons

    Support of the tier-1 systems can be exhausting at times. Hundred of groups with lots of freedom sometimes creates duplicate efforts and mismatched goals.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on providing the best on-line retail experience for our customers. Revisit auctions and figure out how to make them work. Revisit search and consider improving its results.


  2. work here for few years to get experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SFA in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - SFA in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    growth and money you can grow really fast

    Cons

    no work life balance for your family

    Advice to Management

    should allow for work life balance and more team activities


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