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Tethered to a pager

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Opportunity to work on systems on massive scale

Cons

There is no work-life balance for SDEs at Amazon. You are expected to respond to issues 24/7

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic training ground for business management

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

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

    Pros

    In a business management role, you'll have a high level of autonomy and potential to make significant financial impacts immediately. They will give you an extraordinary amount of responsibility right away because the company is growing faster than they can hire.

    Cons

    Very stressful having to answer questions from upper management all the time on your business' performance. Data reporting systems are rudimentary, so you'll have to learn how to pull your own data and process it, which can be very time consuming. Also, this isn't the place to go if you like to receive positive reinforcement regularly. They won't recognize your work unless you do something groundbreaking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest heavily in better data reporting infrastructure. Consider putting more emphasis on a culture of mentorship and positive reinforcement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great on resume, rising stock, but often chaotic

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good brand name
    Located in downtown Seattle, which has many bars, malls, good if you are young and single
    They front load your pay with bonus and stocks
    Above average people to work with depending on the department
    People do get things done, strong bias for action

    Cons

    Could be a cultural shock to new people, no1 speaks during the meetings and they may find faults in the doc such as formatting, rephrasing English, rather than on the meat of the content.
    Its a sink and swim culture, you are pretty much on your own without any direction.
    Everyone seems to find fault with others, finger pointing is encouraged.
    Sometimes managers don't know what to expect of PM/TPM etc
    Very less focus on code quality.
    People tend to work backward based on preset dates, without taking into account if the date is achievable, resulting in either poor quality or missed deadlines or both.
    Many projects get cancelled and reorgs happen often, some people get affected during reorgs especially if they are not SDEs
    Leadership principals will often be used against you even if they may be contradictory, especially for new hires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its as it is hard to hire employees, with the imaginary bar. It wouldn't hurt to try retaining employees. Trying to push employees in lower 10% even when they have performed is not a good idea.

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    Neutral Outlook
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