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Tough, Love

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com

Pros

Real corporate culture -- it comes from the top, it is consistent, it is communicated, it makes sense, it makes customers happy. People really refer back to it when making decisions. Kind of tough on the employees but you can't have everything.
If you perform, stock options are excellent.
If you want to be a leader and you can do it, you can get extremely educational access to incredible top people.

Cons

Stressful. Work-life balance is poor in many groups. High operational burden in many groups.
Benefits are bare minimum -- their philosophy is they would rather give more grants to reward the productive, then to have benefits that go to all employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recruiting is overly decentralized. Too often a candidate gets "grabbed" by an inappropriate group, and then the candidate will either be turned down or unhappy they didn't get a good match.

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    I love working here

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Working at Amazon for the last 4 years, it has been the best place I've worked so far. Engineers and management loves the customers. Pretty much any great idea can be taken to market - who would of thought a book selling company would be a world leader in cloud computing ? There is also lots of opportunity to move around the company provided that you have good relationship with your peers and direct manager. Last but not least, the CEO is really really smart and genuinely cares about his top performing employees. Whether he anticipated it or not, the hiring freeze BEFORE the recession hit was pure genius. One of the few companies with zero recession layoffs.

    Cons

    Biggest complaint is the spotty performance of managers, especially the bad apples. Bad apples are allowed to work their employees like a dog and fire them even if they are really good performers. If you get stuck with a bad manager, be nice and quietly change groups before they ruin your reputation. If you are not a top performer in reference to your peers, best not join the company because your pay is highly tied to how well you do in your performance reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees the opportunity to move groups even if their manager gives them a poor performance review. Other than that, stay the course and keep innovating on behalf of the customer.

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  2.  

    It's A Job

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Pros

    Work with different technologies, in a highly scalable environment. Not a lot of structure.

    Cons

    Amazon would rate significantly higher if it were located somewhere else. Unfortunately, it is located in an area that has a poor quality of life. If you are single, and unencumbered then it is not a bad place to work at all. it isn't a place to work for the long term. It's a short term gig because it is not really easy to work at Amazon and also have a life. Seattle is either crazy expensive, or just plain screwed up depending on where you choose to live. Bad government, makes a bad place to live. Amazon does it's best in a bad situation but it could definitely be much better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the entire operation out of Washington, and put it somewhere where the cost of living hasn't gone completely out of control and where life is livable and pleasing. Put it in a place where people care about other people and not just surviving the next pay cycle, where social justice is not just a word in a book and where people actually know how to drive their cars.

    That said, Amazon is making money hand over fist, so I guess it doesn't matter.

    No opinion of CEO
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