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Your peers are smart, but the culture is harsh

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

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than 8 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Amazon hires very smart people. Getting hired is hard, but you will work with some of the brightest engineers out there. The total compensation is nice. Do not flinch at having part of your compensation be RSUs. Even if stock price goes down, your compensation will be adjusted. Because Amazon sees RSU as part of the compensation, they will fix it with market fluctuations. There really is only upside. No, you won't retire on RSU....won't buy a house....maybe a nice car is stock goes through the roof.

Cons

The culture is one that encourages harsh behavior. If you present an idea or argument and can't back it up with data or facts - prepare to be humiliated. I tend to see folks last < 1 year or more than 5 years. In other words, you either are cut out for this environment or you're not. The more senior the position (as management or as an individual contributor) the more aggressive you need to be.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    You will learn a lot... and will be stressed out most of the time.

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    Current Employee - Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are really smart You learn a ton Generally very fast-paced

    Cons

    High-pressure environment Long hours Burn-out is likely


  2. Intense company. Intelligent and dedicated people

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stock keeps going up :) Get to learn a lot from team mates. Great managers (for the most part) You can take on as much responsibility as you want and grow. Chance to be part of one of the fastest growing 100Billion company

    Cons

    on call job can be stress full at times a lot of people are workaholics which pushes everyone to work harder and harder

    Advice to Management

    Get support engineers for all teams. There is no good justification for hiring expensive software engineers and making them do support work. Build better internal tools for SDEs (this is improving quite a bit, but there is a ways to go)


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