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Good Team to Work ON!

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  • Career Opportunities
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

1. Pay is not bad.
2. Work is fun and promising.
3. Most importantly, team is good!

Cons

1. Do not support GC support for SDE1.
2. Frugality. :)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good experience in general

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (1)

    Exciting and dynamic group of smart people working on the next gen big things

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Technology obsessed smart people around you.
    Strong and visionary leadership team
    Lots of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Very few perks, unstructured in terms of HR.
    Very long working hours

    Advice to Management

    Employees need some more fun than just exciting work!

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