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Helpful (2)

Encourages "just do it"

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

I have been working at Amazon.com

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

A great experience if you want to make a difference ay a major corporation. Employees can diretly impact the business and the company encourages you to "just do it". I've been a long-time employee and i my whole career has been at Amazon but feel that i have had ample career growth opportunity.

Cons

It can be extremely stressful. New fire drills daily and work-life becomes hard to balance. Managers shift frequently making it difficult to maintatin consistency in terms of career. Seem to spend more time preparing reports and summaries than i do on fixing the actual poblems i'm reporting on.

Advice to Management

Invest more in marketing and research. We are a product-led company and this need to be balanced by investing more time into research whether the money we are investng in are indeed the right opportunities.

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  1. Helpful (11)

    Great for customers, bad for employees

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

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon truly values the customer. There were a number of instances where Amazon would do something which short-term wasn't good for the company, but was definitely good for the customer. Bezos strongly believes that doing the best for the customer will also be best for the company long-term.

    Cons

    I worked there for three years as a software engineer. There is constant turmoil and shuffling of people and managers. The company is basically a meat grinder for employees. Engineers carry pagers and spend significant time temporarily patching up things that are broken.

    The focus is on new shiny things rather than truly fixing things that are broken so that they work right. For each group doing the "next big thing" there are three groups doing maintenance work of some horrible legacy system.

    The rate of attrition is unbelievable. One area of the company I worked in had about 45 engineers and had a rate of attrition slightly over 100% meaning that, within one year, every engineer had left and been replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on regretted attrition. Treat employees like you treat customers. Figure out why they're unhappy, make the environment better. Focus on making the internals of Amazon operate as well as the public image.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Mixed bag

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are challenged on a daily basis. Decisions are made quickly and people are willing to listen to new ideas. People work hard and are passionate about what they do and how it benefits the customer. Amazon consistently hires very intelligent, motivated, and ambitious employees.

    Cons

    Constantly changing priorities and goals. Unpredictable work schedules. Some company objectives are in conflict. When everything is important it is sometimes hard to figure out which tasks to push out and which deliverable you'll be asked for next. This can generate a lot of stress and uncertainty. Managers usually rely on employees to figure out what is most important because they don't always know what's expected next either.

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer about goals and priorities.


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