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

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsAmazon 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPeople 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.

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

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Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
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… Cons: The company tends to overwork you! The company also considers 'frugality' a value -… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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

Technical Program Manager (Former Employee)
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… Cons: * due to high company growth, employees change jobs frequently - and take knowledge with them * lack of documentation - every project is a "new"… Advice to Senior Management: Work with your management teams to learn how to define the critical path for… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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