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Beware of Digital Products (specially if you have to work with Lab126)

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

Pros

- Competitive compensation - Acceptable work/life balance - Career opportunities OUTSIDE of Digital Products very promising,... if you are allowed to transfer out

Cons

Please keep in mind that these comments apply to Digital Products in Seattle working with Lab126. - Complete lack of leadership, vision or direction from "leaders" in Lab126 - Minimal to no feedback, promotion opportunity or decent, constructive review from management (again, management being in Lab126) - No career advancement opportunity. Peers in the Sunnyvale/Lab126 office will have significant advantage just for being "local" to management - HR in Lab126 is aware of issues in her organization and chooses not to do anything about the problems, effectively sacrificing and derailing careers of very capable individuals. HR and management in Seattle seem to have their hands tied or chose to look the other way. VERY unfortunate!

Advice to Management

Accept that you are brilliant engineers and take individual contributor roles. You, the company and the products you work on will truly excel. Leave management (or individuals as well as programs) to capable individuals. You are not a decent manager and definitely not a leader! If you don't like your teams in Seattle, do not sacrifice them in OLRs. Instead, work with them (or better yet, allow a good manager or a decent leader) to work with them to transfer to other parts of the organization so they can deliver value and you don't have to work with them. Yes, you have talent. No, you are not a leader!

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Fire hose, lots of talent, constant change, high bar, rewarding.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm with the AWS side of the company and I've been impressed with how much talent you are surrounded by. Things are very dynamic with often interesting problems to solve and great community feeling of knowledge sharing. Also fun with frequent parties and beer bash type social events.

    Cons

    My view is that of an SE which is a smaller subset of the people at Amazon. The skills you need to get in here aren't going to be used (generally speaking) once you get here. Lots of things are done in very Amazon specific ways (for scale) that may not translate to smaller companies. This isn't a 'con' so much as a word of caution depending on your career goals and position.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes there's too much overhead. Dealing with external vendors for example which is a requirement in some cases.. is very painful and protracted. Another example is the work built around forecasting... For a company that changes direction with major projects so frequently is it really wise to spend so many cycles forecasting out more than 1 year at the team level?


  2. Was difficult work but got paid well, For the type of warehouse job I was doing

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Problem Solver in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Problem Solver in Cincinnati, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay for warehouse work

    Cons

    Long hours and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you don't treat your employees like grade schoolers as if they do not know anything. Some of them may have masters degrees and you won't even know it. Just sayin...


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