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Great salary. Fast Pace. High stress.

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Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Technical Writer in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Lots of challenges. Easy to move to a different job in the company. Always something new happening. You have the software, hardware and training you need. Nice offices in Seattle.

Cons

Can be hard to get the resources you need to do your job. Meetings are often confrontational. Hard to get promoted.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote collaboration between departments.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    UX at Amazon

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Working with the smartest and brightest people in the industry

    Cons

    Very little to no career growth for User Experience discipline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People whom I've interviewed with on the retail side of the company (non-AWS) are mostly stressed out, narrow-minded, unorganized (don't know what they want), too formal, and unnecessarily arrogant. It's no wonder the attrition rate for UX is high as well as difficulty obtaining new talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 16 people found this helpful  

    Talented People but too many cons to stick around for long

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

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

    Pros

    Amazon hires some of the most motivates, talented people I have ever work with. Everyone seems to care and the weak tend to leave the company pretty quickly. The signing bonus and stock options are good but only for the first four years. Company is growing so lots of career opportunities.

    Cons

    Company has almost zero programs for talent or management development. Amazon will sell the company as a start-up but they only mean this by the number of hours you will work (at least 60 each week). There is no effort given to any sort of work/life balance and management is very dismissive of this. If you complain, you are not Amazonian. Management will require an obscene amount of reporting and spend ungodly amounts of time to wordsmith every word in all your documents. Everything you do must have a metric wrapped around it. If you cannot report on it then why bother doing it? Seems that there is no real risk taking here anymore with new business ideas being copied from other businesses. People are randomly fired, moved, or promoted and no one is notified. Highly secretive management leads to distrust of superiors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to value the people you hire. We are always understaffed and you treat the current employees poorly by making them do double and triple the work. Complaining is not un-Amazonian, its a message for you to improve and support your people. Start-ups don't have time for the many documents you require so don't sell yourself as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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