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Plenty of opportunities for growth and learning if you know how to find them.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Amazon has a unique culture with unique values of Ownership, Customer Obsessions, Bias for Action, Invent and Simplify, etc. There is plenty of opportunities for learning, trying new things, and growth if you know where to look for them. It is a fast-paced environment that presents new challenges everyday. You are encouraged to dive in, to take ownership, to disagree, to challenge yourself and others. You work with and learn from very bright people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives that broaden your views daily. You work with different technical problems and challenges at the "Amazon scale" which can be unique in the industry. Working here can be a tremendously rewarding experience.

Cons

The line between work/life balance needs to be drawn and maintained by yourself and only yourself. You can get much too consumed if you let it.
Amazon values independence; you need to be resourceful and active in finding and fighting your way around.
Quality of management varies, especially at the middle management level. Career path ahead can be unclear for certain individuals, especially when their managers don't pay attention to them. You need to look after yourself and find resources and opportunities on your own.

Advice to Management

People at higher levels are generally up to a standard I appreciate and have the right values and visions. My advice would be:
Be more mindful that middle/lower level management may not be as "up to scratch".
Make sure that their great visions and values don't get lost down the chain.
Pay more attention to your employees and motivate them in the right way.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Sweet Gig

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon is always on the front end of technology. Lots of exciting things happening there across many different product lines. It's also easy to move around from team to team and position to position.

    Cons

    The company tends to overwork you! The company also considers 'frugality' a value - which translates into no perks. This is very disappointing and a drag on the culture.


  2. Amazon is great on focusing on right things

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Teams focus on real customer problems. Amazon allows engineers to do the right thing by focusing on the customer problems. Teams can work independently without many dependencies across the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is a lot of work to keep a service running and it can be stressful. Team can however address this itself, so you can't really blame company if you didn't do good work in building your service.


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