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Helpful (5)

Lots of interesting problems and lots of smart people

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Intern - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Intern - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Amazon.com as an intern (More than a year)

Pros

- Smart People. Barring the odd SDE/SDET, the vast majority of engineers at Amazon are really smart, motivated people who just get how things should be built - You get to deal with really crazy problems of scale that few companies ever think about (except MS, Google, Apple and Facebook) - If you know how to fix something, you just go and fix it - AWS documentation is excellent with well-defined and well thought-out APIs - Huge fleet (of machines) at your command. - Agile and fast-moving with minimal bureaucracy - Seattle is a beautiful city - Great focus on the customer

Cons

- Company Culture of frugality is sometimes taken to an extreme when developers can't even get proper hardware to develop/test on sometimes - Some Software Managers and Technical Program Managers don't necessarily meet the same quality bars that SDEs meet - During peak times, long working hours are the norm - Oncall means that you can be paged at 3am to solve a problem on the Website/Backend. Depends heavily on which team you work on. - Lots of legacy code that keeps breaking resulting in people being paged frequently to fix problems. Teams that don't tackle technical debt means that these problems will continue to plague certain teams in the company. Other teams manage to get this right though.

Advice to Management

Equip developers with the resources they need to succeed at times.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com

  1. Helpful (5)

    Challenging and intense environment.

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

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

    Pros

    You learn new technologies and are challenged every day. You need to be at your best every day. There are many brilliant colleagues which keep environment motivated and challenging,

    Cons

    Once you join, there is very very limited scope of growth (compensation wise and career wise both). So if you do not negotiate well at the time of joining then you might repent afterwards. Since there are very few levels so promotion takes 6-12+ years from Mid to senior level.

    Advice to Management

    Create more fun at work environment and create more opportunities of growth.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company, lots of opportunity to learn.

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

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to learn and try different jobs. Coworkers are smart and motivated. The company thinks long term and is constantly innovating. Employees are empowered to drive change.

    Cons

    The company lacks processes in certain areas. Training is limited but getting better. Good place if you like to work in an unstructured environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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