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Better than your average sweat shop!

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA

Pros

Good benefits. Very sharp people, cutting edge (with some blood flowing). Excellent hiring bonus. There are excellent "pockets" of staff -- but they tend to be the exception and not the rule.

Cons

Still suffers from high turnover with staff. Lack of significant experience in management result in a lot of pro-forma decisions and little empathy. There is a general feeling that employees are temporary (and will voluntarily or involuntarily move on) once they slip out of the top 40% of performers. Most recruits are straight from University and as a result, tend to be accepting of abuse that is common in grad schools.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Rethink your IT people growth -- Amazon profit margin is dropping towards negative fast. Shareholders may push for cuts -- and IT personnel costs is a big target. If you do any IT layoffs, this may result in the best moving on quickly elsewhere....

Recommends
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Company on Earth!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    -competitive salaries with RSUs
    -entrepreneurial spirit and ability to make a difference
    -work/life balance is possible if you manage it

    Cons

    -Seattle weather
    -hard to get promoted

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

    Great place to learn

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    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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