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Interesting and challenging position that leads to a dead end...

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Current Employee - Process Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
Current Employee - Process Assistant in Phoenix, AZ

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

Pros

Co-workers who are self-motivated; You can have an enjoyable work environment; Associates have a voice and, if persistent, can affect change; Management is starting to make positive changes in how they interact with Associates; Annual Pay reviews determine increases; Monthly performance bonuses and annual gift of Stock options;

Cons

Co-workers who are no longer self-motivated and not held accountable; Manager rotation requires you to constantly train new Managers; Continuous improvement is actually just Continuous Change as new Managers implement old solutions; Changes to processes and/or standards are poorly communicated or ignored; Annual Pay reviews are based on Local averages and do not factor Cost of Living; Managers do not have the time to develop Associates for the next level; Management turn-over (resignation) is high;

Advice to ManagementAdvice

We are struggling to fill and keep leaders due to the failure of preparing our direct reports for advancement; Favoritism due to performance in specific task(s) inhibits the development of Associates and the company; Do not sacrifice the Safety, Quality or Productivity of the internal customer in pursuit of your departments goals; Please change how you interact with each other; Do not assume Push Back is only because others do not understand your idea;

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    sde intern

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    around very smart people
    great opportunity

    Cons

    amazon is sometimes stingy with equipment ie. monitors

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    Work hard, party hard

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is objective, unemotional and focussed. For a certain type of old-school mathematician nerd (not the new-age script-kiddies), this can be a good thing. There are no company wide memos on "culture" or "grand visions". Everything you do has an objective, and a measurable, well-defined outcome. You know why you're doing something and that helps you make decisions faster, easier and more efficiently.

    The company is growing, aggressive and I believe the only company able to withstand Apple. The company genuinely cares about customers - that's not rhetoric. You can find an Amazon engineer at 3:00am in the morning, shake them out of deep sleep, drug them and ask them why a certain decision was made. Whether they're on-guard or off-guard, the answer won't change. If something impacts customers in a positive way, it will be done.

    Cons

    The above pro can become a minor con since there is little to non-existent romanticism about any type of work. The biggest con is facilities - I came from a company with lots of facilities, on-campus laundry, etc., so I was used to convenient parking and a lot of campus-wide services which was a mild annoyance to me for a few months. The hours aren't quite flexible, so it gets difficult to manage your time if you have to visit other businesses during business hours only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like to attend meetings during the day while doing other stuff like groceries, etc. during the day, and then spend a coding session at night where I am undisturbed. Fixed business hours for developers is a pain - sometimes you get stuck in something and just sit there staring at the screen, because you get criticized if you're not present during core hours.

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