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steep learning curve

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

Pros

exposure to the brilliance of 100s of smart developers
work with latest technologies
constant improvement in tools that aid in development

Cons

hectic work culture
not much fun, very frugal in perks
unattractive employee discount even in Amazon.com

Advice to ManagementAdvice

make working in amazon fun

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    A great place to work at

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist II  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    1. Super exciting projects.
    2. Strong colleagues.
    3. Decent payment.

    Cons

    1. Bad work/life balance.
    2. Management team is pushy, but sometimes thoughtless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees, stimulate them instead of pushing them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 16 people found this helpful  

    Stock price tripled while I was there; lots of hard work

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    By far the biggest pro is the stock price: stock tripled while I was there. Also, at Amazon I had the chance to to work with some of the most dedicated and hardest working individuals in my life. This can be good or bad, but I am putting in the Pros: everyone I worked with at Amazon is very smart.

    If you work incredibly long hours after a few years you may get promoted. And if the stock price is moving in your favor, this could be a big chunk of change in your pocket.

    Cons

    I also had the opportunity to work with some of the meanest, most selfish, most back stabbing individuals in my life. Lots of stress and turnover.

    I am putting the following on the cons (for some people it may be a pro) - Amazon is a high performance, high energy company. This means lots of long hours; once you are not performing you will be out the door in 3-4 months no questions asked. This applies to new hires as well as "tenured" employees.

    I am also putting this in the cons (for some people it may be a pro) - as you stay in the job and as you are performing, your job will get progressively harder and harder and your responsibilities will progressively increase. But you not get any pay increase or bonus for years to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to people who are thinking to work for Amazon - read the job description carefully. This will be what you will do for the first couple of quarters. After that, the job will become progressively harder, and harder. Compare that with what you get from other companies and make up your decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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