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4 people found this helpful  

Complicated recruiting and interview mess

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Former Employee - Chief SOA Architect in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Chief SOA Architect in Seattle, WA

I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

Killer, Cool company to work for.

Cons

Killer, cool company to work for - from the outside. Inside, it's an incoherent mess of angst, careful selection of what you say, and top down elite governance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you are a master in politics, this is your place to shine.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    They say their small teams operate like startups... maybe like 1990s startups.

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small teams
    Smart senior people
    Market leader in products

    Cons

    Teams aren't integrated together
    Dated internal tools
    Slow
    Hypocritical values on some teams
    Managers drastically different operating styles, yet you have to stay a year before you're elligible for a transfer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you say you're agile, do agile, not a half assed inbetween of agile and waterfall. Focus more on building up your internal tools, instead of rushing code for deadlines, you say you don't sacrifice long term value for short term benefit, but sometimes I fail to see it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Located 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).

    Cons

    Culture 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 ManagementAdvice

    Show an ounce of care and appreciation toward your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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