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Good senior leadership, and great customer obsession

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The company really is obsessed with the customer. There are a lot of really challenging projects inside the company that are a blast to work on and you get to be around a lot of really intelligent people.

Cons

Frugality being a core value sometimes comes at a cost. There aren't many company holidays or vacation days for employees. The work-life balance is definitely tilted more towards work. Deadlines are often tight and goals are very big, causing lots of late nights.

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    A grueling place to work...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you become a "blue badge" the benefits are pretty decent. You get excellent medical/dental/vision for an affordable cost, and you receive RSUs (Restricted stock units) which vest after 2.5+ years. You also become entitled to a monthly performance bonus (based on how the building as a whole performed) and if you work for AmazonFresh, you will receive extra money from a tips pool.

    Cons

    The working environment is pretty harsh. All direct functions (picking, packing, shipping, etc.) have production rates which are closely monitored by a computer system. If you don't make rate, the computer will automatically write you up (3 write ups and you're gone). Most managers on site are inexperienced and micromanage employees. Picking is the most common function, and your average picker speed-walks distances between 10 to 20 miles per shift. So the job is extremely physically demanding. The base pay is OK considering the industry, but for the amount of work you do you'll quickly feel like you're not being payed what you're worth. Also, don't expect to be promoted, as you'll be always competing with every other employee, and Amazon does not promote based on tenure-ship.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Put less emphasis on individual rates and more emphasis on team performance. Don't implement changes to any processes with out either first testing the change, or getting feedback from the tier-I associates who have to work with the processes for 10+ hours a day.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    industrial leading technologies, flexible working environment

    Cons

    oncall load is annoying, somethings operational duty is heavy too.


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