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Fantastic (hard work, & fun) in Seattle; ruthlessly taxing in India

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Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

+ Very smart people -- people aren't only smart intellectually; they are also fairly diverse, so you can actually start to live a normal "life" even if you hang out only with work friends.
+ Opportunities are easy to come by if you are: a) Able to prove that you can get stuff done, and b) Driven to find the opportunities. All you have to do is ask.

Cons

- Often, it is easy to lose sight of the personal life of people. Most managers are all of the same kind -- the personal side of the employee comes much later in the decision making process unless the employee puts it front & center.
- The "NPI"s will often derail the best carrots put in front of employees; a project that you were looking forward to this year will often be delayed by a year because of something else that is necessary for the company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-- Be more mindful of how the compensation plan is structured. Often, employees feel that they have to pay for contributing to the success 2 years ago by getting a small compensation in an existing year.
-- Expect all remote development centers to work just like the main "mothership" in Seattle.

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    returns specialist

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate Tier I in Hebron, KY
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate Tier I in Hebron, KY

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

    Pros

    amazonis always changing oppurtunity does rise and fall

    Cons

    structure is a little unsound and the turn over rate is high due to managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more experienced managers!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    1) diversity in teams you can try out
    2) Solid technology company
    3) smart coworkers

    Cons

    1) No perks aka stingy
    2) operational burden can burn you out in some teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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