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Pathways Program a joke

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Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Fernley, NV
Former Employee - Operations Manager in Fernley, NV

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Signing Bonus*- Or so its called. It's actually your stock grant for the next 4 years. Its a nice chunk of change assuming the stock price stays absurdly high. If it comes down to the rest of the market, your SOL.

Cons

Turn-style of management. Complete unfocused. All projects are flavor of the month for pathways guys to make their presentation to the VP. None of the projects actually sticks. Its all about numbers, but you aren't allowed to influence them using known best practices in the industry.If you are willing to lie, cheat and eat your young, you can move up...where there are bigger lies, cheats and canibals.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Build talent, don't try to hire it. Revamp the 'forced curve' evaluation program (aka Popularity contest and Pathways promotion point.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiting for the fastest growing and most exciting team at Amazon

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - working on innovative, cutting edge technologies
    - being part of something which will affect millions of people world wide
    - being surrounded by the most talented, passionate people in the software industry

    Cons

    - would like better recruiting systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    high operational load but good projects

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Retail and Search are good . they actually work on developing new features and lot of opportunities to work on cutting edge technologies .
    amazon highly focus on perl - mason , java .
    Many systems are already in place so you can reuse existing system and work on developing new features . very good monitoring tools and great place to learn if you land in right org .

    Cons

    orgs such operations is not a good org . they have very high operational load and projects are not very good .

    if u r hired as support role in amazon.com then becoming sde is very challenging . people lie that you will have opportunity to become sde by doing development but the fact is that support role do not really get any development opportunities so beware .
    very dynamic and agile so you end up pushing incomplete feature or work very long hours to meet the deadline .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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