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Do not work here.

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Former Employee - Senior Software Dev Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Software Dev Engineer in Seattle, WA

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Industry-leading scale. Amazon builds and operates some of the largest computing systems in the world.

Cons

Comparatively low pay, long hours, and little respect for the engineers who make the business run. Amazon views engineers as fungible and consumable.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Advance by being unhelpful and tripping up your peers.

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

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

    Pros

    - Compensation
    - Career building resume addition
    - If you land with the right team, it can be an incredible experience
    - Work from home
    - PTO
    - Scale

    Cons

    - If you land with the wrong team, it can be a terrible experience
    - Career advancement can be very political.
    - Suck up to the right people, move 100mph when people are watching and 1mph when they're not, be unhelpful to your peers, make your peers look bad... Do all of this and you'll look great and be promoted.
    - If instead you focus on working hard, being helpful, being a team player, moving at a good pace regardless of who's watching or the visibility, then you won't get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Due to the size of the company, there can be a massive difference in the health of a team, from one to the next. Spend more time ensuring that all teams have good management, a positive culture, and healthy competition. One of my biggest issues as an SDE during my time at Amazon was that a very good way to get ahead was to be unhelpful and sometimes intentionally trip up your peers so you look better than them. Career advancement should be about the individuals capabilities compared to the bar, not compared to other individuals. This is a cultural imperfect, and those can be difficult to fix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Decent pay and benefits

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    Former Employee - Associate in Hazleton, PA
    Former Employee - Associate in Hazleton, PA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are OK 12.50-13.50 to start in the warehouse as a general laborer.

    Cons

    Job requirements are sometimes extreme.

    Lower level leadership team is very inexperienced and often makes things harder on the associates.

    Very arrogant company and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better promotion and hiring program for management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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