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

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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 for more than 3 years

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 ManagementAdvice

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sweet Gig

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    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 for more than 3 years

    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.

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    Fast growing company that should focus on how to manage all the moving parts better

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    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    * strong work ethic and focus on tangible results
    * lots of opportunity to move up or laterally to new positions
    * diverse group of employees
    * every team must make an annual plan

    Cons

    * due to high company growth, employees change jobs frequently - and take knowledge with them
    * lack of documentation - every project is a "new" project - and doesn't have to be
    * business teams are strong - but lack the ability to define the product they want for the engineering teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your management teams to learn how to define the critical path for business requirements - and train them to convey this information to the engineering teams.

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