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Pure misery - much worse being an associate at a law firm

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Former Employee - Corporate Counsel in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Corporate Counsel in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Very competitive salary for Seattle market

Cons

- Workload and work/life balance (was even worse than being at a big law firm)
- Inadequate training
- Uninteresting work (get ready to spend your days writing disclaimers)
- Few perks
- Unsupportive environment with virtually no secretarial or paralegal support
- Cramped, noisy and dark offices
- Endless goal setting and review processes that keep you from doing your work
- Dishonest personnel misrepresented the nature of the job and the benefit/compensation packages I would be given during the interview process
- Only 2 weeks paid vacation per year during first 2 years of employment
- Dogs all over the office - if you don't like hearing/seeing/smelling other people's dogs all day, you'll be miserable

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If they have any interest in retaining talent, they should try to improve training and support, improve work/life balance, streamline the endless cycle of goal-setting and reviews and generally encourage an environment of teamwork and mutual support. Backbiting and dishonesty pervades throughout the legal department, beginning during interview process and lasting past when I gave notice. It surely is costly to have a revolving door of a legal department, but virtually everybody I know there left, or intends to leave, at the first opportunity.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work is a four letter word at Amazon.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Buyer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Buyer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Innovative and creative, Amazon pushes the boundaries of e-tailing.

    Cons

    They will work you like a dog. Get ready for long hours, weekends and a work life balance that will be throw off your social schedule. Amazon will due the bare minimum to fall in line with city, state and national laws and regulations but don't expect anything more than that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will continue to see high turnover as long as the current structure exists. Lack of respect, trust and career development are just a few shortcomings of the Amazon culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company if you're a cultural fit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Rapid growth
    Strong leadership
    Lots of opportunities to grow and work on exciting projects
    Amazon culture (if you're a good fit)

    Cons

    None of the usual tech perks (e.g. free lunch, etc.) - in fact, frugality is a core tenet
    Promotions are a reward for having done the level up job, not a prerequisite to doing the job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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