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Helpful (4)

Exhilarating and on the edge. Crazy schedules and awesome when we meet them.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Executive focus and engagement in programs is very motivating (and scary for some). No place to hide for under-performers, and super smart and motivated people. Clear accountabilities.

Cons

Work-life can take a hit. Very limited training, and public image of company being a sweat shop is de-motivating. Feels like other companies also do amazing things, but somehow people work less there (not sure how).

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com

  1. Helpful (3)

    Mixed bag -- good people, good technology, lots to learn, but a challenging culture and poor career trajectory.

    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a whole lot about doing technology at scale and you'll have the best tools and processes to support you along the way.

    Cons

    There's a culture of demanding a whole lot of output and surrounds the path to promotion with a lot of political nonsense. Did your manager change this year? Sorry, can't get a promotion. Is your director of engineering new to the company? Sorry, nobody under him is getting promoted to Senior for the next year and a half. There's a lot of talk about data driven planning but it all goes out the window when someone says jump. "Where's the data about where we're jumping?" "No time for data! Business opportunity! I said so!"

    Advice to Management

    The company is growing too fast and the culture is being diluted. Do something about it or this isn't going to be the Amazon you believe in very soon.


  2. Helpful (14)

    Smart people with a strong focus on the long-term and the customer, with limited attention paid to employee satisfaction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Highly analytical culture with decisions driven by data. - Culture is not very political. Delivering results is noticed and rewarded. - Roles tend to be broad in scope with a lot of ownership. - Decisions are generally made quickly.

    Cons

    - Don't expect many pats on the back. Amazon has a highly critical culture where you leave almost every meeting feeling like you could have / should have done better. You will be perpetually pushed to move smarter and faster and dive deeper. You will rarely meet the exceedingly high bar that is set... and if, somehow, you do hit it they will immediately move the bar and tell you to keep trying harder.

    Advice to Management

    - There are many positives about the Amazon culture and strong leadership that have led to amazing business results. However, letting employees know that they are doing a great job and overall employee satisfaction doesn't seem that important to the company. The large percentage of employees feel run down, beat down, and not particularly appreciated (this is the most common topic of conversations among co-workers over lunch and drinks). People do find a high degree of intrinsic value in their work, but as the company gets bigger and roles get narrower in scope Amazon will need to find other means of motivating employees.


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