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4 people found this helpful  

Amazing company, with super-smart people and a great atmosphere.

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Current Employee - Human Resources in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Human Resources in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com

Pros

-Casual, but intense work environment, surround by smart and engaging people
-Relaxed dress code (jeans, t-shirts, etc.)
-Great environment if you are a "peculiar" Amazonian
-Right in the city, with great access to restaurants, shopping, etc.

Cons

-Expensive lunch options (~$10+), since there are no company subsidized cafeterias
-Parking is costly, and public transit is OK
-Benefits are OK, but not on par with Google or MSFT

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the great work and keep the emphasis on mainting the current culture. Continue hiring great talent, even if it's challenging getting the right people.

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Culture of blame and bad experience with business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    -Very bright technical people to work with.
    -Fast paced, energetic
    -Projects that matter and have impact

    Cons

    -Some departments have business wing assuming the role of little bosses.
    -Business jobs have least amount of work and they take all credit for successes
    -Business will throw blame of any failure on Technical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is technology that drives your business. Not the talkative product managers who throw blame around and take credit. Learn to appreciate your technical resources more and respect them. Downsize the bloated Product Management as their contribution can easily be replaced by others at Amazon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 35 people found this helpful  

    Treat as a Learning Experience - but already have a plan to leave before you start here...

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Fast paced delivery to customers - customer centric truly is the core of the company
    Opportunities to break new technical ground and solve big problems in short (often too short :)) timeframes
    VERY smart co-workers (particularly the new ones who aren't yet completely burned out and spiteful)
    Jeff is a visionary - he really does have a talent for making very smart (on the big scale) decisions, and is in the details a lot (which is also a con). If he only was even 1/10th as smart in managing people and culture this would be a great place

    Cons

    The list will be long and read like many others...
    First and foremost, the core truth is that this company cares nothing for any employee without SVP or higher in their title... You are a replaceable part in the machine, and you will be told so. With the current market and their rising stock - it is true... there are lines of people waiting to work here and put this on their resume. You should be prepared to have a 2 year absence of a life outside work and be aware of that being the cost for putting this on your resume.
    Second, what isn't fully clear until you see the review process is that you will actually be penalized for the stock doing well. They have a target for what you should be paid (and it's not at the top of the market :)) and if the stock appreciates more now, you will simply receive less in the future. If this stock ever has a significant falloff half the people working here will be gone the next day.
    Third, micro-management is extreme - (from VP/SVP on down). You will be measured on taking ownership, but not ever truly allowed to have it. You will own any of the mistakes from your management chain on down - your management (director up) will own the success.
    If you come to work here you will learn things - some about technical skills, solving big problems - some about how not to run a company populated by human beings, but make sure you have a long term plan to leave before you start - as the compensation and value will start to rapidly diminish after 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I will give some - but I think the way the company is is EXACTLY as the senior management want it to be. They are too smart to have this situation be by anything but design. They want to bring in new blood, drain it dry, and then throw out the husks every few years - that is their management plan.

    But, my advice would be to be careful about the ongoing top/bottom grading process, as you are starting to reach a point where the negative perceptions are hurting the ability to hire... you are 'raising the bar' with people who actually lower it and the long term future of the ability to compete in the tech sector is diminishing with this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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