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5 people found this helpful  

Lots of interesting problems and lots of smart people

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

I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Fulfillment is a meat grinder!"

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    Former Employee - Area Manager  in  Chester, VA
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Chester, VA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation is great. They have nice bonus incentives for new hires.

    Cons

    Long hours. No care for your well being and very little interest in developing people. Training is very poor and they treat the bottom level associates like cattle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wait 90 days to pay out any bonus money to allow people to make sure it will be a good fit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out great. Loss of culture and morale shows since Zappos/Amazon transition

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    Current Employee - FC Associate  in  Shepherdsville, KY
    Current Employee - FC Associate in Shepherdsville, KY

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Paid vacation, free lunch, 25 cent vending machines that go to charity, decent pay.

    Cons

    Transition from Zappos to Amazon difficult. No more free health insurance. Too many rules put in place. Management pushing endless numbers. a lot of unnecessary overtime, no air conditioning in one warehouse. Loss of culture and fun activities. Starts to drag on and you feel worn out by the end of the week. Anti-fatigue mats unsatisfactory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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