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Internship Lesson: Lead your own internship, take initiative, don't be afraid to ask q's.

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

I worked at Amazon.com as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

- Amazon is a true software company that will get you thinking about important scalability problems and other internet-scale issues. (however, I didn't do this a whole lot during my internship as my project was different)
- My team always ate lunch together every day (this is pretty rare though at Amazon)
- Manager had great 'emotional intelligence' and people skills. (although was very busy at the same time and only talked with him/her a couple times/week)
- They try hard to make the interns feel valued and involved!

Cons

This was my first industry experience, so I'm not sure how it compares with other companies but here goes:
- Pager duties for FTE's. (work-life balance is hard enough without the oncall responsibility!)
- Can be hard to concentrate at desk (slightly crowded, distracted by misc. talk, nerf gun battles)
- Ramp-up time for learning Amazon tools can be long.
- Although I believe we can only become better developers by being pushed out of our comfort zone, I often went home (almost) every night feeling unsatisfied [didn't feel my work impacted the company]
- Honestly, I feel like I learned more in 4 weeks' worth of college CS classes than I did in my entire internship (maybe 'cuz a lot had to be learned on my own and even then there are gaps in knowledge of proper way to do things)

Since my internship was for only 3 months, I feel like I would be telling a different story if the internship were 6 months or longer (I might be happier?). The learning curve at the beginning is painful and still goes on even at end of my internship (there's always something to learn about some team at Amazon).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Encourage all employees under your management to be more 'professional' (some act a little like kids and/or are arrogant/disrespectful).

We're all in this together; we're all here to make Amazon a better company for our customers so why not be nice to each other? Constructive feedback and 'pushback' is important, but delivery of that feedback is also noteworthy.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good bonuses and stock plans. Ability to move around the company quite freely and change your career path if desired is a big plus.

    Cons

    Kindle has a high burn-out rate due to terrible work-life balance. No training is ever really provided when you first start. Amazon likes to say "you need to show a bias for action" as an excuse for never providing any sort of training to help you ramp up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people to people management roles for their work as non-people managers. People management is something that needs to be learned, and just being good at your job doesn't mean you'll be a good people manager, but Amazon has clearly missed this boat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    bad

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    Former Employee - Picker in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Picker in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    pays compective good benefits starts day one.

    Cons

    no off time during peak season

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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    Neutral Outlook
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