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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)

Pros

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

Cons

High-pressure environment
Long hours
Burn-out is likely

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Amazingly Intelligent People but No Work Life Balance

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

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

    Pros

    * Learn from the best
    * Plenty of opportunity to move around - (If you last long enough)
    * Decent to Good Compensation - (but maybe not so much if you divide by the number of hours you work.)
    * Compensation is good related to cost of living in Seattle

    Cons

    * No work life balance. Working long hours, 12 plus a day, is common and a badge of honor.
    * Working holidays and weekends is common - especially Thanksgiving and Christmas - but ofcourse this is a commerce company.
    * Turnover rate is pretty high. Average employee lasts 1.5 years
    * Lots of burnt-out employees.
    * "It is what it is" is a common phrase heard around the company when asking employees if they like the long hours.
    * Very competitive work culture. Lots of nice people but most don't have much time to give guidance.
    * Bad documentation and little training make it difficult to get up to speed. Be prepared to have lots of work and responsibility thrown at you from day one.
    * Culture of frugality means little investment in employee training and perks.
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Invest in training and mentorship as there are many good, smart employees willing to work the long hours if given guidance and support
    * Try and achieve work life balance as happy employees tend to be more productive and dedicated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Not a happy place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot.
    There are some great people here.
    South Lake Union is lovely.

    Cons

    You will be thrown under the bus.
    Amazon is notoriously cheap.
    There is no work/life balance.
    Appreciation is rare.
    Too many Microsofties are creeping into the company.
    Amazon's innovative culture combined with Microsofties who punish innovation creates a strangely schizophrenic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't matter; you won't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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