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Amazon loves it's customers, not it's employees. Very few former employees would ever return.

Software Engineer II (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

ProsLocated in Seattle.

Uses a wide range of different technologies which gives you opportunities to learn in the area of your choice.

Co-workers and fellow employees are great.

Company itself is extremely successful.

Total comp is normally good (see exceptions below).

ConsCulture and value put in employees are poor.

Career advancement opportunities get exponentially more difficult and one sub-par review gets you in a difficult to escape dog house.

Base comp is pretty low. Amazon uses it's review process to bump you up (or knock you down) based on how it levels you among your division.

Amazon uses quotas to rank it's employees. Some have to be given poor ratings regardless of performance (see doghouse above).

Your boss may like you but you'll still feel marginally appreciated by the company.

SDE Management talent is extremely thin. The company chose to expand at any cost so turnover is extremely high, including in SDE management. Morale and fulfillment also quite poor.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow an ounce of care and appreciation toward your employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Success dependent on one's direct manager

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year


    Pros: - Work with smart, driven colleagues - Laid back dress… Cons: - Spotty management - Due to rapid growth many have been promoted to management without management experience - Lack of… Advice to Senior Management: Leadership needs to address the dysfunctional culture that exists within the data center groups (commonly referred to as the trailer trash of Amazon). Many… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Great place for people motivated to find their own projects and excel

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year


    Pros: Amazon is a very innovative and progressive company. Amazon values employees who are motivated and… Cons: Very competitive environment. Not a company for someone who wants to come to work do the minimum and… Advice to Senior Management: Give every one a chance to prove their worth. change… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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