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9 people found this helpful  

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

Senior Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

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 Senior 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.)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn, not grow

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for 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… Advice to Senior Management: Seriously consider internal promotions. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    1 person found this helpful  

    It can be awesome, and it can be tough. YMMW.

    Software Development Engineer II (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: You can get to work at some cutting edge stuff -- if you manage to… Cons: Work/life balance can be off in certain orgs within Amazon. It really depends where you end up. In some orgs,… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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