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Best place I've worked at.

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

Pros

Amazing challenges, problems to solve and people to work with. Amazon is a top notch group of people. Best part is getting to use all the different AWS technologies and being able to experiment.

Cons

There is no rest for the weary. Burnout happens. Oncall is not fun and depending on the team you end up on it seems like it will never end.

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Provide a better path for advancement of people careers. Follow your core values.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can get to learn a lot at Amazon. You have a good learning opportunity. You have work from home option and good benefits as well.

    Cons

    The work life balance is not good. You are expected to deliver within a short time.You're responsible for your own career progression and finding the places and teams that are doing the stuff you want to do. No one is going to take you by the hand and help you with that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Advance by being unhelpful and tripping up your peers.

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

    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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