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Fast, Smart, Data-Driven. Awesome environment for hard drivers

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Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

Pros

People - all smart, focused and data driven.
Mission - shared vision, play for the long term, make big bets, make choices, own them
Values - Creates incredible workforce with broad reaching influence

In general, this is one of the few companies with the will and footprint capable of disrupting most industries it chooses. The ruthless focus on the end consumer allows for clear thinking and brutal feature cuts.

Cons

Expect to be on your email from 9-Midnight - while not a 'requirement', the turn around time on expected questions from mgmt is consistent with all-the-time access.

Willing to burn bridges with nearly any industry or partner in the name of better customer. This may not be a 'con' per se, but if you're in the partnership side of the business, know your personal brand may be affected.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't change a thing. I'm still a shareholder and will continue to be one.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Worked as "mechanical murk" within the framework of Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mTurk.

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    Current Employee - Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker (ID: A167OT77I6TDC9) in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker (ID: A167OT77I6TDC9) in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Amazon.com part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Given steady supply of interesting tasks, it is possible to learn a lot and earn a little cash while researching texts to be written for hire for a bonafide, fair taskmaster, or be amused/absorbed/edified by participating in university surveys, typically in cognitive, social, psychological, health, or political science topic area. It is easy to transfer one's accrued cash compensation out of the system to any bank account using an ACH transfer for free, once the account is hooked up and validated with mini deposits (also free).

    Cons

    Staggering Wild West lack of oversight, egregious exploitation, lack of safeguards against unscrupulous taskmasters who first have you perform a task and then refuse to pay the compensation (typical dire scenario: write a 1200-word essay on X; submit it; then have your "hit" (human intelligence task) be rejected as lacking quality or falling short (no feedback given) but possibly used for free illicitly by the taskmaster. Compensation is typically menial for the USA but may make economic sense in India or Chile: typically way too too low for the time required to complete the task. Amazon.com is completely unresponsive to complaints, as those are met with idiotic deflections by robotic, out-of-the-country hired help, probably outsourced to India. This is the seedy underbelly of Amazon.com, if we discount its generally inclement, godawful store card customer service as provided by GE Bank for Amazon Store Card. Amazon.com's own customer service for Amazon.com customers is legendary for being speedy, generous, effective and responsive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely redo the Amazon Mechanical Turk system: introduce effective due process for workers/mTurkers as well as the taskmasters; institute some reasonable pay minima that make sense in the USA; better police the marketplace to weed out exploitation/prevent fraud (a typical Amazon Mechanical Turk scam: sell yourself to a car insurance middle man in order to obtain quotes with your (worker's) own personal information, before you might get some menial compensation of a dollar or two for all this trouble and commercial activity on behalf of the insurance companies and the taskmaster, the middle man.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Passed Over For Promo Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Fulfillment Processor in Jeffersonville, IN
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Processor in Jeffersonville, IN

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros for this type of employment. There is no future, no retirement, very little chance to advance unless you know someone. But everyone can't know someone!

    Cons

    It is 'who you know' not what you know. They will walk you and work you to death, kick you out of the way and start with 'fresh meat' that quick!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with that business strategy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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