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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 a 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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Success dependent on one's direct manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    - Work with smart, driven colleagues
    - Laid back dress code
    - Company name

    Cons

    - Spotty management - Due to rapid growth many have been promoted to management without management experience
    - Lack of internal training on processes, policies, culture
    - Very political. One's success is not about performance - it's playing the game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to address the dysfunctional culture that exists within the data center groups (commonly referred to as the trailer trash of Amazon). Many unprofessional behaviors exist that violate the company Leadership Principles and Code of Conduct. Sooner or later the bottom line is going to be impacted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Happy @ Amazon

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High degree of creativity allowed. High degree of independence to complete work.

    Cons

    A lot of work to do. Very difficult to get necessary headcount to support the success of the department/company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest internally in things other than FC's and Software.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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