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Helpful (5)

Great Company, Unlimited possibilities, but they work you HARD

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

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

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

Pros

Good environment. Good culture. Comp pretty good. Narrative process is good and helps make things transparent. Business is extremely strong. Exciting and lots of upside and opportunity. Exec Mgmt is good team.

Cons

No work life balance. They work you very hard. i have been working 20+ years at major tech companies and this is the most hours i have ever worked - BY FAR. Employees care more about doing a half baked job and doing it themselves, versus working cross team. Two teams will be doing the same thing on same project because they want to take "ownership". No teamwork mentality. no free cokes - really??

Advice to Management

Focus more on team work and less on individual accomplishment. Also fix the comp system so that you aren't a drone with a specific number.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Growing pains/Not for the faint of heart

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the smartest people in the industry.
    You can make a significant impact much like a startup.
    Excellent benefits, parking reimbursement etc.

    Cons

    We seem to be doubling our workforce every year which means half the company is new to the company (no exaggeration). The culture of "bias for action" is lost in some groups. People are more worried about CYA than building the product right in a timely fashion.

    No work/life balance, overload of new hires needing to be mentored at the same time as needing to meet aggressive deadlines is very stressful and is currently causing some churn in the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose your way. There seems to be some loss in corporate culture over the last few years. Don't let entropy creep in.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Not worth the pain they would give you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart People --Yes,
    Soaring stocks--Great to have
    Learning/Brand name --Yes
    Love thy customers not thy employees

    Cons

    Full of Type A personalities at every level that can be mean and rude at times, only people good at managing up and run the show with a stick can go up, work life balance is not a word in amazon's dictionary--folks are even called on their cell on their wedding day or child birth and expected to send reports.

    Advice to Management

    Read the business week article if anyone thinking of joining the company, if the CEO thinks its employees as s**t, how can one imagine the layers below him will be humble. Please teach your middle management that if they will always be jerks, they wont be able to motivate employees and improve productivity

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