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Definitely right up there

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great ownership and technical challenges.

Cons

Lack of proper project planning at times.

Advice to Management

Lack of proper project planning at times.

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  1. Helpful (8)

    Great experience but at the cost of a not so great personal life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon will give you great experience in prioritizing enormous workloads, understanding how to manage your manager's expectations, and making your own decisions. You get to work with a lot of extremely smart people and you will grow faster via diverse experiences here than you would at other companies. They also give you the opportunity to switch roles every year or two. I've been with the company several years now and have been through several different roles. The pros and cons span across my experiences.

    Cons

    Despite the "tech company atmosphere," the atmosphere is intense and stressful most of the year and it can easily overtake your life. For most roles, there are expectations that you be in your e-mail inbox around the clock and through the weekends. The work life balance is extremely poor. Because everyone has so much on their plates, it's difficult to get much of your manager's time for feedback or coaching. Most of my time is spent fighting fires and patching problems.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great on resume, rising stock, but often chaotic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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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