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Amazon is a great company to start at.

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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 an year)

Pros

-Competitive offers (not the best, but still well above average)
-Many of the teams have a similar feel to a start up
-It is in Seattle (I have mixed feelings about this)
-The people here are smart and motivated
-Has a kind of "hands off" management style, at least where I work. The mentality is that as long as I get my work done appropriately, all is good.
-You can go from team to team, department to department, and continuously learn new things. You can jump from low end server management to high end app development for example.
-The company is going places both from a financial sense (have you looked at their stock recently and its trend?) and a technology sense
-The teams are generally kept small and for my team at least, leads to better communication

Cons

-With some teams, work life balance is horrible. This is not all teams however, mostly the ones that manage the website directly and are responsible for keeping various services up and running. I have seen it both ways.
-It is in Seattle (I have mixed feelings about this)
-It can be difficult at times to get recognized for your hard work even if you go above and beyond the call of duty (please note I have not personally experiences this. Rather, it is a conclusion I have reached based off of my interactions with others and what I have seen)
-Team culture and work life balance varies from "I want to get out of here" to "I absolutely love it here and can't imagine myself anywhere else" I understand that this happens in many different companies, but I wish Amazon would work more to normalize this spectrum.

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Make sure employees know that their work is appreciated.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was better before all the changes

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Grand Forks, ND
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Grand Forks, ND

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and relaxed environment. Pay and benefits are great, hard to find another job that meets what they offer in this area. Work from Home opportunities

    Cons

    *Training needs to be changed. When I first started training was in depth and I hit the floor knowing what I was doing. With the past few positions I've taken, training has been minimal and I feel completely unprepared for the job at hand.

    * Work from home staff gets forgotten and left out of on site functions.

    * Monthly internet allowance of $25 doesn't cover half of my internet or phone bill.

    * Leadership needs to be available more often and monitor the team members available time

    * Huge amount of favoritism

    * Under appreciated

    * Company is micro-managed and has grown a lot faster than it seems can be handled at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your team. Make sure people are in avail when they should be and treat everyone on the team fairly. Don't offer special treatment to people or single out others just because you're buddies with them. This leaves workers on the phones short handed and feeling angry towards their leadership. Offer more to Work From Home. This is a large part of your company in Grand Forks, make sure we feel appreciated.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not as much opportunity for SDETs

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    * Exciting projects that have high visibility and use
    * Customer-centric focus
    * Lots of good software engineer tools and frameworks in place

    Cons

    * Not a whole lot of opportunity for SDET or test career. Sure, there are pockets of them, but I wouldn't count on Amazon as a long term place for a test career. Not uncommon to see the senior test folks eventually leave due to lack of promotion process for them.
    * Heavy emphasis on on-call activities with less emphasis on building quality in from the beginning.
    * Fairly young engineering management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract and KEEP test professionals, hire more test managers and some test VP or Directors to help keep the culture alive.

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