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

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    Better for the customer than for the employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazon Services, a sales organization, is fast-paced and data driven. Be prepared to learn a lot and learn fast, or come already equipped with your MBA and cutting edge knowledge of retail, web, technology, and the intersection of all three. There is a direct line between performance and achievement, and for the most part it is a fair meritocracy. They are hiring many positions and growing fast. If you have a great idea and can prove its potential with data and then demonstrate its success with data, you will be a rock star.

    Cons

    Amazon is not generous with it's employees, either for salary or time off. Stock and bonus are great but tied to your length of employment. Keep in mind that the average employee only stays here 1.8 years and to reap the full benefit of bonus/stock you have to be there for more than 4 years. This organization within Amazon is very rigid in terms of the hours you work and being on site almost all of the time. Work/life balance is nearly non existent for anyone who wants to succeed in this culture. Most employees are in their 20s and 30s and there is a strong preference for young MBAs willing to put in 80 hour weeks. No matter what job you have, you will be required to also demonstrate proficiency in business writing and data capture and analysis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture employees with more training. Match funds for charitable giving. Create policies that support flexible hours and work from home. Increase base salaries rather than tie up earnings in length-of-employment bonus and stock. Focus on retention, not just hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazon is awesome

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture and people

    Cons

    their policy of being frugal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more perks blah blah

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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