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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)

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

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 Management

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.

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  1. It's a fast-paced, ever-changing, figure it out as you go along job

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    Current Employee - Trainer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Trainer in Phoenix, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    4 day work weeks for most positions, clean and safe work environment, flexible work schedule, stock grants, health care benefits

    Cons

    Very boring, repetitive work for labor positions. Difficult to get promoted from hourly to management, poor communication, loud environment, no time to have any fun, good work gets unnoticed

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better. The company can afford higher pay. Let them know when they do a good job.


  2. Area manager seasonal contract work

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    Former Contractor - Area Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - Area Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay I thought was above average hours - was perfect 4 -10 hr shifts

    Cons

    Lack of communication between managers

    Advice to Management

    Communicated with managers before so everyone is not telling employees to do different things.


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