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No bad

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Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Beijing, Beijing (China)
Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Beijing, Beijing (China)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Good salary and flexible work time. A good workspace if you are interested in learning Amazon's production

Cons

Poor work environment and limited welfare. Because frugality is the key leadership in Amazon.

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Amazon gives everyone a chance. They're a cheap employer (codeword: frugal), and treat their people like cogs in the machinery (no, really - codeword: fungible) but at least they haven't developed an elitist culture. On the contrary, they do promote from within - if you play by the rules you can really work your way up like in few other places, and that's great, but if you take that route you'll be paid less than your peers coming from the outside or if you climb the ladder too high, you'll be under enormous pressure to deliver and/or at a constant risk of downgrade during next performance review.

    Amazon is a place where scale happens and the law of large numbers applies; it's a big plus if you're into that sort of thing.
    There are good chances you'll find sharp people on your team, but if they're really good, they won't stay too long!

    Cons

    If you're worried that they'll overinvest in you, you can stop worrying now. There is zero-regard for wellbeing of employees and any solution to any problem must not involve spendings! One time a water-cooler was busted for weeks, and someone opened a ticket to complain about it. He heard "this is not Google" in response.

    They offer decent salary, but when you realize the expectation of unpaid afterhours that you have to put in not to fall behind, it hits you that you would've made more per hour as a pizzamaker. It's only when your manager starts keeping you occupied with paperpushing and busywork tasks, this is when you realize how deeply fulfilling becoming a pizzamaker would've been. While we're at it, micromanagement eats this place from within. Software devs are made to commit to unrealistic deadlines while executing the project exactly the way the czar wants it.

    But it can always be worse. Under a mercenary manager, micromanagement will be the least of your worries. Try to come up with ideas they don't like and you must produce data to support your case. When you put it together, they'll make a straw man out of your data and set it on fire right in front of you. Of course, the same data-driven diligence does not apply the other way. Those who won't comply and won't become obedient YES-men don't have a bright future ahead. I've watched a colleague being bullied out of the job. It's really sad that company's culture is a breeding ground for such managers and that, at the end of the day, they are perceived as successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You did nothing to deserve my advice. But here is an advice for prospective employees: during interviews, do ask what oncall duty looks like, no seriously DO ASK THEM THAT (fear not, they'll extend the offer anyway), in particular ask what the time off in-lieu policy is for all-night and full weekend shifts (oh yeah baby) and would they temporarily let you off the hook when you're 7-8 months pregnant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 14 people found this helpful  

    Great being a customer, terrible being an employee

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Minimal, Good brand on your CV.

    Cons

    Expectation to work all hours of the day - way beyond the norm of reasonable. People were expected to work evenings, weekends, whilst on holidays etc. I also agree with another review that mentioned about the rapid growth - whilst existing employees were expected to suck up the double or triple workload this created.
    I understand the values - but they took frugality to another level. I have never worked anywhere quite so shabby, it made me depressed walking into the office every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your own advice - you claim to be customer centric - what about thinking about the employees in that every now and then?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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