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Interesting but high workload

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

I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The work is very interesting and cutting-edge, the salary is good, it's right in the middle of Seattle so there's lots to do. Amazon's working on some exciting stuff.

Cons

They do not put a high priority on work life balance. Amazon will make you work very hard, and when you're on call you'll have to bring your laptop everywhere. You'll work weekends and overtime and because you're salaried, you don't get more pay.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good experience in general

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, cool problems, bottom-up decision-making If you are young and aggressive, this is a place you can make real difference. Just make sure you get into a good team with a good manager.

    Cons

    Most Devs have to spend a significant amount of time in operation and supportive work, which can be a big distraction sometimes. The operation mentality gets in the way of innovation too. Some managers are so afraid of making mistakes or causing customer complains, that they'd rather take mediocre baby steps rather than addressing the root causes. The company has a slogan: Amazon does not believe in Big Bang, which is totally understandable, but this is sometimes used as excuses for taking short cuts, making safe bets, and rewarding mediocre. If Amazon pays so much attention to operation, you'd imagine that they would put much focus on QA, but ironically, QAs virtually do not exist at Amazon. The end result is that many Devs spend so much time fighting with the legacy system rather than building the new ones. I simply cannot understand the rationality of hiring top-notch Devs to push buttons, handling customer requests, and trivial bug fixes with over 6-digit salaries. Sure, any SDE job would come with a list of not-so-interesting tasks, but I haven't felt so mundane at my previous jobs, so I don't know. Finally, the immigration service at Amazon is horrible. That only costs you a few thousand dollars, which is a tiny fraction of a SDE salary and your operation cost. Why don't you fix it so your International employees can spend less time worry about their GC and spend more time working for you?

    Advice to Management

    Hire more middle level managers, and try to reward the good ones.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Interesting products, good location, not many perks

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

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was working in a AWS team and the product that my team was working on is new and exciting. Amazon is at the forefront on the cloud computing area. For the short time I was there, I felt I was contributing to the product. Team was small, decent work-life balance (people would finish working at around 7pm, sometimes people would leave earlier). Location was good, I could live downtown Seattle and bike to work. Lockers and bike cages are available for biking to work

    Cons

    None of the perks of the normal Internet companies. A lot of options for lunch in the areas around the campus, even if a bit expensive sometimes.


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