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Great place to learn

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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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    Fast growing company with room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Onsite Medical Representative in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Onsite Medical Representative in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Multi-billion dollar company that is relatively new. Plenty of room to climb the corporate ladder. They count two years of Amazon experience as a bachelors degree.

    Cons

    Corporate BS, but hey, what job doesn't have that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free health insurance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 18 people found this helpful  

    It will be a hard slog, and if you start at the wrong group you're in big trouble

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Cutting edge technology (at least in some groups)
    - Excellent tooling/infrastructure for SDEs. Good (not too burdensome) processes.
    - Smart engineers
    - Good pay and decent benefits
    - Stock doing well so RSUs can be worth a lot (if you join at a low point in stock price).

    Cons

    - Terrible oncall in almost every group. You will get very little sleep. All manner of abuse of employees is justified on the basis of Customer Obsession (employees are not treated as 'customers').
    - Software quality is often sacrificed by managers to meet deadlines and blame for failures placed on engineers (so the only way for a SDE to deal with a sev-2 is to kiss that long weekend goodbye and at least show you are working on the problem).
    - Turnover rates in some groups are very very bad, particularly some platform teams. Managers last less than six to twelve months (these folks typically leave Amazon because you can't transfer internally before 12 months are over). If you are an SDE, forget about stability and continuity.
    - As AWS becomes successful, the platform teams are getting political at the manager/sr. manager levels. The organization runs on fear. You don't know when you'll get thrown under the bus. It's less of an issue at the SDE level.
    - Expect to beg for productivity software and decent quality laptops/computer peripherals (or buy your own). This applies across Amazon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't create a bureaucracy. Maintain a flat org structure like Google.
    - Hire managers who write code around 10% of their job (these type of people tend to spend less time playing political games).
    - Give developers some breathing room to be creative, and work on hobby projects to expand their horizons.
    - Create dedicated operations teams to reduce oncall burden.
    - Don't overwork engineers and managers and tell them they are fortunate to be working for a company like AWS. It won't make up for sacrificing your best years with family, or getting divorced, or losing your health. I've seen people going through all of these things at platform teams in AWS, due to the politics, stress and fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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