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A place where integrity and intelligence meet ingenuity and creativity to make customers #1

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Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

It's a great place to learn, grow, innovate, create, and make history. You have an amazing opportunity to do some amazing things here.

Cons

Work-life balance could be better. They still joke about "owning" you after you become a blue-badge. Working OT is expected and basically a "norm" to survive the pace. Typical work week can be 50+ hours if there is a lot of deadlines to meet.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communicate better about organization wide changes and business direction.

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  1. 12 people found this helpful

    And I quote, "if you want to have a life, you shouldn't work at Amazon."

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    Former Employee - Site Merchandiser in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Site Merchandiser in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Dogs in the office; Tom Douglas restaurants on campus; buildings have gorgeous views

    Cons

    0 work/life balance; expectations aren't shared; little to no pride in the company or job; high turnover; review system seems designed to fail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees work better when they feel inspired, and when they can sleep soundly at night without having nightmares about work (whether that's being fired or just disappointing management). Expectations for each job should be shared freely, not only when the employee is going through performance coaching due to a poor review. It needs to be easier to be promoted, and a few perks (free Prime, for example) wouldn't hurt...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Amazon's the world's largest non-profit startup

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com (more than a year)

    Pros

    Almost everyone at Amazon is very talented, and the culture that Amazon explicitly values is positively unique among other megacorporations. The company is pretty generous with stock grants, though they tend to have protracted vesting schedules (could hardly be more so).

    Cons

    What you've heard about pagers is true. Amazon is frugal to a fault, and most technical roles involve at least some portion of after-hours on-call operational support, no matter how talented you think you are. AWS is something of an exception; that org has more outsourced support teams to help with some of the more established service issues. Negotiate on the way in because, like many companies, annual compensation increases are modest at best. The company also has a very bad habit of buying the cheapest possible laptops for even its technical employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoiding attrition by valuing your contributors is important! Small things can matter a lot more than they cost. Even young people need work/life balance for long-term success, and people at any age need to sleep uninterrupted most of the time.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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