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Bad work environment

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than a year)

Pros

At a given point, there are many good engineers there to learn from. They typically leave within a year, but at least they're usually replaced by other good engineers.

Cons

The rest. Work/life balance, perks, management, office environment, operational load, etc., are all very bad. The office is crowded, loud, and I'm interrupted for status updates almost continuously. The operational load is unbearable on some teams that were unfortunate enough to inherit years of technical debt incurred by former engineers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn from what people are saying in their exit interviews - you have a lot of data points from those.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    growing too fast to keep up

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    Former Employee - Investigation Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Investigation Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare benefits and package.

    Cons

    No support from your manager. Had 4 managers in 4 years, goals were constantly changed and growth was dependent on metrics, so this greatly affected my ability to be promoted. So difficult to transfer within or grow. So much bureaucracy! Terribly negative work atmosphere. Felt like a machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn some human compassion and listen to what your team needs! Also, if you want to always raise the bar by hiring better people, remember that you should hire people who are qualified, but PLEASE learn to not hire people who are SO overqualified to do such basic jobs!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Contract work on the cutting edge

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working on projects that are new and exciting and being able to shape their growth.
    Leadership position are available for those that prove themselves hard working.
    Great environment, people are friendly and if you love dogs it really makes for a fun work-culture

    Cons

    Ultimately limited tenure with the company regardless of contributions.
    Work can be tedious depending on role within team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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