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Very dynamic, very competitive company.

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Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  West Columbia, SC
Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in West Columbia, SC

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

Pros

Very high level of talent; fast-paced; performance evaluations are based on real data available in real time; still a young company with high growth and lots of opportunity; good pay and benefits

Cons

Work-life balance can be a challenge; high turnover at every level; beginning to get less entrepreneurial and more bureaucratic/political

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Guard against unnecessary bureaucracy as the company continues to scale

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    its worth working for this company.

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    Current Employee - Picker  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Picker in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    it keeps you so busy.

    Cons

    just want to get hired for fulltime with amazon.

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    I don't have any like the management

    Recommends
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    Used to be better

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazon makes cool software. If you time your moves right, there is a fair amount of mobility between teams within the company.

    Cons

    Amazon is switching to High Density seating. HD should be for data, not people. HD seating means developers no longer get their own cubicles, we have to sit in large bullpens that contain a dozen or more people. This is just terrible for both productivity and culture (everybody is too noisy, so productivity takes a major hit, but you also try to be considerate of your neighbors, so socializing takes a hit). They say this problem will go away when the new buildings start coming online later in 2014, but they really need to just rent more space now. At the rate Amazon is growing, those new buildings will fill up with HD seating just as soon as they're built.

    On a similar note about Amazon's growth: it feels like we're in a phase of runaway personnel growth. This means we can't hire front-line managers fast enough to keep up with the development team expansion, and the development teams are getting to large for their managers to handle. Also there are a lot of fairly new managers who really don't know what they are doing. This is resulting in lots of developers not getting the help they need to further their careers.

    Software testing is one of those areas that comes into political favor, and goes out again in a couple of years. In some departments, this means the QA teams get absorbed into the development teams (and then those people get assigned developer work and pagers). In other departments, this means that the QA team just doesn't get headcount expansion to cover new teams and team expansion. But the QA team is still expected to do some kind of coverage of these expanded and new teams. This means nobody is happy with the QA teams. Developers are frustrated because QA isn't keeping up, and is stalling releases. Development managers are put upon to provide more headcount for QA, or otherwise close the gap. QA is unhappy from being overworked and/or not getting the services covered. QA also doesn't have the bandwidth to do major process improvements that would improve their productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rent enough space to seat the software developers comfortably. High Density seating is eroding productivity and culture, and will probably result in much higher turnover in the near future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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