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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 for more than a 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

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for 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
  2.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern

    Pros

    A very good to learn!

    Cons

    Don't find any cons actually.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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