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Helpful (10)

Great place for youngsters to start careers, but not many avenues for growth

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- Good name on resume, and accelerated experience at all levels - Decent salary packages, with sign-in bonuses and RSUs - Somewhat decent exposure to upper level management compared to many other companies - Fast pace of work - High growth company with several positions open most of the time - Good opportunity to gain some leadership experience at all levels - Great customer-obsession driven environment, and people truly live by that value!

Cons

- Absolutely NO promotion potential or opportunities. Promoting from within is not in Amazon's DNA. Most senior leaders are brought in from outside who have been in that "title" position elsewhere irrespective of scope of their responsibilities. - Poor HR and recruitment policies; HR never visible anywhere. - Sub-par annual raises (common to receive < 1% raise for great performance) - Below average benefits compared to other tech giants that Amazon "wants" to compare itself to during recruitment process - Brutal, non-responsive, no feedback recruitment culture, often to the point of arrogance - Even lateral movement within company is tough or nearly impossible - Most offices organized like "call centers", with people butting up against each other at elbow distance - Too much politics since everyone is trying to move up in the organization but can't. Information hoarding is common. - Amazing how many people leave in their first year!! Employee retention doesn't seem to be on anyone's radar, but attracting new talent seems to be. - Extremely slow decision making - Too much churn

Advice to Management

- Start thinking of your employees as "customers" as well and obsess over their interests/frustrations. Unhappy employees rarely provide happy customer experience - Get creative about employee incentives (i.e. if can't promote on levels, perhaps think about better titles) - Encourage internal promotions with proactive recruitment/reach out to internal employees about career path discussions. Encourage managers to hire from within, even if someone lacks the 10 out 10 bullet points on qualifications. People want to be challenged and appreciated. - Have senior leadership talk to employees 1:1 on a routine basis. - Allow more location options (work from home, telecommute, etc.)

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com

  1. Helpful (5)

    Great place to learn, not grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation Learning opportunities Working for top industry departments Resume builder Entrepreneurial culture (sorta)

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance Senior Leaders - Director level and up Promotion Opportunities (within departments) Location (Seattle) Culture

    Advice to Management

    Seriously consider internal promotions.


  2. Awesome working environment, great culture, good benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Catalog Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Catalog Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company advancement, very good benefits.

    Cons

    can't think of anything at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Increase belief in employees abilities, increase knowledge of leadership principles.


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