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Super-strong company

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Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

So much smarter a company than Microsoft (where I came from). Middle-managers know what their job is...reconciling inconsistencies between teams and setting the right priorities for customers.

Cons

None, I love working here. The people are smart, management is awesome, and the company is growing every day. Technically, the engineering is Service-Oriented-Architecture hell...it takes forever to introduce a change and integrate it with the rest of the environment because everything is so complicated.

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Keep it up!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Smart people, challenging problems, long hours, good luck getting promoted

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Low tolerance for bs
    Document-based meetings make sure people have thought things through
    Very smart leadership

    Cons

    Managers are too busy to coach, or manage
    Long, long hours
    Un-even promotion bar across departments, low promotion rate to Sr. Manager or higher - bar is a lot lower for external hires into higher level position than in-house promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you find someone good enough to rate at the highest level for three consecutive reviews, promote them or coach them, or they will leave and work for your competitor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 14 people found this helpful  

    AWS review

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    Former Employee - Technical Business Development  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Business Development in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - good pay
    - lots to do
    - empowered to make decisions and BIG ones
    - company is exploding and you can ride that wave
    - take on greater responsibilities
    - highly visible roles (to outside world)

    Cons

    - extremely political
    - cya mentality at the expense of the team - there is no i in team but everything is an i at aws
    - paranoia - mentality that everyone will screw them over
    - poor vendor relations - amzn squeezes every last drop of blood on every deal
    - they will pile on more and more and more and more until you are buried
    - most employees don't make it through year two
    - no life outside work
    - you must constantly be ready to defend yourself against someone throwing you under the bus
    - you will be put in a position where you may burn bridges due to negotiation of contracts
    - the promotion/title leveling up process is totally lame - similar to msft in that a fair amount is based on peer input and it only takes one negative person to essentially tank a promotion - also there is a fixed percentage of employees rated such that they'll advance, the rest remain in current slots or get managed out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come judgement day you may have built the biggest company but you didn't get there by doing the next right thing at every step along the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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