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A behemoth with a decent soul. But still a behemoth.

Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

ProsAmazon is a top-notch place to work if one is looking for myriad skills and experiences working in the world of e-commerce, not only for personal development but also as a resume builder. Additionally, they do maintain, in my opinion, a very clear and positive focus on creating "the best possible customer experience". That's a philosophy I could easily get behind. Also, Amazon encourages employees to move around a lot laterally, which means that if you don't like your role, it's always possible to find something else internally. Also, given the intensity of the work environment, people leave on a regular basis, creating openings for you ladder climbers out there.

ConsThis depends largely on one's department, team, and job function, just as at any big company. But as far as I could tell, most employees are overworked, scrambling to keep their heads above water while maintaining high quality (a must to succeed at Amazon). Amazon is proud to be a "lean" organization, which means teams have little or no backup should key people go on vacation, become ill, or take some other form of leave. And it also means that everyone has, pretty much at all times, a mountain of work to climb. If you're looking for a job environment with an ebb and flow, Amazon isn't for you.

Advice to Senior ManagementSplurge a bit on team size to allow employees room to breathe and maintain their focus on quality output--I've seen people sleep in the office during key launches over the course of several weeks. This is never an acceptable environment. And employees should feel comfortable taking their vacations. Instead, I saw lots of anxiety about the work that would not get down because there's insufficient staffing to pick up any of the slack when people are out of office. Re-think the hiring process where "bar raisers" from other teams are given the power to veto candidates who may otherwise have been given unanimous support by the team actually trying to do the hiring. This leads to trouble filling crucial roles, at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not worth the pain they would give you

    Senior Business Manager (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

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


    Pros: Smart People --Yes, Soaring stocks--Great to have Learning/Brand name --Yes Love thy… 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… Advice to Senior 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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Work hard - yes. Have fun - not so much. Make history - yep

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

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


    Pros: Work with some of the smartest people I've ever met. Fast paced. Live the… Cons: Too fast paced often... Working in silos, poor program management, project management and change management. Heavy focus on data and metrics, which… Advice to Senior Management: Set clear priorities, re- evaluate benefits packages, communicate a clear… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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