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

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Most teams at AMZN are packed with smart people who just want to build awesome stuff and do it cheaply and efficiently. Management honestly cares about customers and the bottom line at the same time. The community of people there will jump to help a colleague with any problem, professional or personal, with a smile. Many more teams care about work-life balance and operational happiness in the last few years.

Cons

Some teams are bogged down with uninteresting, unskilled hangers-on who want to get their salary as quietly as possible, finding as much work to do as possible whether or not it is relevant or needed. The performance measurement process is so broken it's humorous in retrospect. Managers can skew results in any direction they want. Jealous peers can kick someone out of their team with little effort or repercussions. Internal politics rarely but unavoidably create extra work and stress that ends up being for naught.

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    Don't work here unless you enjoy stress

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting projects IF you are lucky enough to be on that team.

    Cons

    A lot of management overhead and redundancy, a lot of NIH syndrome, and a LOT of stress due to every engineer doing on-call. On a large team this might mean one week out of every 3 months.. On a small team it might mean one out of every 3 weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip on how you treat your employees. Not all engineers are interchangeable cogs and 'fungible resources' and not everyone thrives in a constant 'go go go' environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves 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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