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Average internship project, average team spirit

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

I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

Pros

* The free cereals bar...
* No income tax in WA
* Pretty city
* Amazon is right next to the lake
* Scale of the problems
* Decent salary

Cons

* Seattle is terribly rainy and only suited for families
* Some amount of bitch-job giving
* No free corporate restaurant (vs. what is done in CA)

Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    You Are a Replacement Part

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Get hands dirty on work millions use on daily bases. Unlike Microsoft, this company across the lake does ship code.

    Cons

    1. Very twisted compensation package. You are evaluated based on salary+stock, which should be 'given' although not vested, but the management sees that as 'you are well compensated' and would give away next to nothing for the hard work next year.

    2. Terrible on-call. It's really a nightmare. Work-life balance is as bad as the worst story your friend told you. IT'S ALL TRUE.

    3. Very bad benefit package. But you knew it when you got the offer, so can't complain too much about it.

    4. Middle management is not transparent at all. You see the tree but not the forest. Sometimes they'd lie about promotion/compensation to get you work extra on top of already overloaded work-life balance. But it could be just my case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has great vision and the direction is great.

    Please treat your employees well. They are NOT replacement part. Being frugal is ridiculously emphasized. You can keeping hiring people with high turnover rate now, but this is not right. Bezos said 'kindness is a choice' during his Princeton speech, well, 'kindness' is definitely the choice Amazon chose to treat its employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    SE intern at Amazon

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Big techical company is good for me to develop my career.

    Cons

    It should be very stressful and may encounter some problems while working there.

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