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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 a 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.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
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  1. Great for people without college

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    3 days off per week

    Cons

    Communication very poor
    very young managers
    do not promote from within as much as they could
    Feel like cattle being herded
    Some managers treat hourly workers like children and with disrespect
    I am a college graduate and tried move up but their communication and interview processes were so poorly run that I left and much happier at company where I am respected and valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The training is a joke
    Managers need more mentoring (young and old) not just those right out of collegE
    Procedural changes n red to be better communicated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    start you off with great sign on bonus and benefits, relocation company they use is great, and the stock options are great.

    Cons

    too many to list, no home work balance, growth potential too slow unless you uproot your family again. This is the reason the turnover rate at amazon is so high, will they ever get it?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open your eyes and promote the people worth promoting, if they would stop moving people around every 2 months then the growth of managers would actually be seen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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