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Helpful (9)

Great company

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Pros: + Like others have said, you are really encouraged to act as a business owner. + Work is fast paced and can be a grind, but there is never a dull moment. + Strong commitment to the Leadership Principles. + Commitment to the long term goals of the company vs. parity with retail competitors. + Employees are rewarded for their work and compensated appropriately. + Beautiful campus

Cons

Cons: - Can be a grind - long hours are the rule, not the exception. Work life balance is heavily weighted to work. - Management and management expectations varies greatly from business unit to business unit. - Typical red-flags within a company (like high turnover) are not investigated. - Culture is very male-centric. Women need to have thick skin and be willing to speak up and be heard.

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  1. Helpful (18)

    Good Exposure to a Highly Successful Company, But Don't Expect Adequate Compensation or Upwards Mobility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. You will get to work with many high achievers from both the engineering and business worlds. Engineers get to learn a lot about business and see how high-achieving business managers function. Business managers get to work with and see how industry-leading engineering teams work.

    Cons

    Ridiculously hard to get promoted. You're more likely to see incompetent managers get hired into positions that they don't want to promote you to. Performance reviews and compensation systems are set up to allow the company to work you harder and pay you as little as they can get away with. Basically, you will only get a promotion or a decent raise when you work so hard that management runs out of excuses not to reward you properly. Very top-down management style. Every engineer's goals are the result of his or her manager's business goals which are trickled down from the "S-team" - the top level VPs of the company, and so bottom and mid-level creative initiatives tend not to happen. Engineers have to deliver on project after project with overly aggressive deadlines, support a huge operational load (i.e. pagers going off in evenings and weekends), and are then held accountable for quality-related issues. Many teams with bloated mid-level managers who demand lots of meetings, book keeping, reporting etc. TPMs and Dev Managers have to depend on tribal knowledge and personal networking to get anything done. Company emphasizes "Leadership Principles" which are the basis for how everyone ought to behave, but is vague and contradictory and only gives the impression - to those who drink the Kool-aid - that the company appreciates hard work as well as results, but in reality, they're no different from any other company who stack ranks their employees based on all sorts of subjective opinions. Reviews are full of BS and are mostly written after ratings have been determined. Eventually, the only engineers with rewarding careers at Amazon tend to be the fortunate ones whose managers know how to game the system, rather than play along with it. Everybody else eventually leaves - burned out and under-appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Shift the culture away from top-down, middle-management-heavy dynamics, and start fostering more focused and creative teams from below. Reward more. Promote more frequently from within. Recognize who the incompetent bozos are among management, and stop rewarding them more than your developers. Stop force-feeding the Kool-aid. Few are buying it - they're only playing along because they don't trust that you'd reward them for honesty.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Junior Financial Analyst at Amazon

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has good promotion opportunity

    Cons

    You got huge pressure while working.


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