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Growing pains/Not for the faint of heart

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Working with some of the smartest people in the industry.
You can make a significant impact much like a startup.
Excellent benefits, parking reimbursement etc.

Cons

We seem to be doubling our workforce every year which means half the company is new to the company (no exaggeration). The culture of "bias for action" is lost in some groups. People are more worried about CYA than building the product right in a timely fashion.

No work/life balance, overload of new hires needing to be mentored at the same time as needing to meet aggressive deadlines is very stressful and is currently causing some churn in the workforce.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't lose your way. There seems to be some loss in corporate culture over the last few years. Don't let entropy creep in.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Moving fast, maybe a little too fast

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    Current Employee - Machine Learning Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Machine Learning Scientist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - great location
    - company's involved in a lot of different things
    - lots of spending on R&D

    Cons

    - many managers
    - quality is often sacrificed to "just ship it"
    - long hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work hard - yes. Have fun - not so much. Make history - yep

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with some of the smartest people I've ever met. Fast paced. Live the leadership principles every day. Value calculated risk taking and experimentation and piloting new things

    Cons

    Too fast paced often... Working in silos, poor program management, project management and change management. Heavy focus on data and metrics, which can be a great thing, but data sources all over the place. Flavor of the week mentality with priorities. Limited closed feedback loops

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear priorities, re- evaluate benefits packages, communicate a clear strategy, invest in educating and developing people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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