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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 an 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.

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    If you are relentlessly driven, you will succeed.

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    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Whitestown, IN
    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Whitestown, IN

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive. The insurance is very good. You are given a significant amount of responsibility in order to develop.

    Cons

    You are required to work at least 1 weekend day every week. Compensation is based on the time you have worked for the company, not performance. Responsibility and expectations at the management level can be overwhelming at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get around the facility more often. Meet the people in the departments and give more real time quality feedback. Actionable feedback allows for more effective shifts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Lot of technology to learn

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good peer level, technology and work.

    Cons

    Not great work-life balance. Need better training to new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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