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I love the start-up atmosphere in this Fortune 500 company.

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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 an year)

Pros

While the Amazon mentality is con for others, it's a huge pro for me. My job is loosely defined and I received no formal training upon arrival. I love that. I had to be self-directed, find my own resources and create a niche in my team. My job can be what I make of it. I define my goals, propose projects, suggest changes to existing projects and choose to meet or exceed expectations. Helicopter bosses are not encouraged but I, as an individual contributor, have to do my part to prove that I can work autonomously. On a daily basis I have to find the data to prove my points before blindly making assumptions, write narratives to support my projects and define (and redefine) my goals. Speaking up with constructive solutions is consistently encouraged. The famous "?" email from Bezos, while intimidating, reminds us that everything is open for questioning and smart inquisition is encouraged. Amazon is the only company I've worked for that loudly and proudly displays its leadership competencies. In fact, almost everything I do can roll up into a particular leadership competency. Usually our actions are justified and rewarded in accordance with these core values. Finally, I love that we're encouraged to change positions every 18-24 months (lateral move or otherwise) so no one gets stuck in a single-minded rut. I had the fortune of being asked to move to a better role after just 6 months (a rare exception).

Cons

Be prepared to work very hard. This isn't a con per se, but you should be mindful of that fact. I have worked 80 hours per week during heavy times and never less than 55 on any week. No one tells me to work this much; you have to figure out how much time it will take you to achieve your goals and do it. Also, don't expect "perks". Again, this isn't a huge con for me. I feel like people who go to work for "perks" aren't sincere. If you need rewards or praise for your work, you may not find it here. Finally, the autonomous mentality means that no one on your team is ever obligated to help you unless their manager tells them to. Help is hard to come by more than once so ask for favors wisely. Compensation is "meh" but opportunities are great. Also, if you stay long enough for all of your stocks to vest (like, minimum of five years), you'll have a nice little package of money eventually.

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I actually like our upper management. I sit a few feet from two VPs and they're very friendly to me. I wish that I knew more of their honest opinion about my work though. Their opinions tend to get filtered through my director, who dilutes the message. If there are concerns about my work, I always want it brought to my immediate attention but I don't always receive that because my director seems to be "protecting" me somehow.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible expectations of employees (we're not robots!!!)

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    Former Employee - Outbound Packer in Haslet, TX
    Former Employee - Outbound Packer in Haslet, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay, enjoyed the exercise, gave senior citizens a chance too work, loved the management in outbound shipping.

    Cons

    Rate standards are absurd, no consideration given to obstacles (wrong box size, dunnage and tape machine constantly going down or being empty, pieces missing or wrong items in tote, add-on time not being recorded from start of problem to problem being solved). Drove nearly 3 hours a day getting back and forth on top of the 10 1/2 hours in the building. Two 15 minute breaks that weren't 15 minutes because it took 5 minutes to walk to and from your station.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jeff Bezos is out of touch reality...greedy self absorbed egomaniac...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't plan to stay for the long term

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

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

    Pros

    - good experience in managing complex projects and having a lot of responsibility
    - people
    - exciting growth

    Cons

    - very difficult to develop career. company would rather hire externally than promote within
    - new hires are typically compensated more than tenured employees for the same job
    - company moves too quickly at times, considers all problems fire drills. only have time to put out the fire rather than solve the core root cause.
    - continued lowering of benefits and perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give your tenured employees the same opportunities as new hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
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