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Amazon is really nice to interns

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

Amazon is very nice to interns and summer in Seattle is very comfortable. Interns have the chance to complete a project independently.

Cons

Projects designed for interns could be very different from each other in different groups. Some are very well designed while others are not. A little bit unfair.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Human resource turnover is little bit high?

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Program Manager

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Fast paced environment.
    - Meritocracy.
    - Really rigorous work.

    Cons

    - Sometimes too detailed oriented.
    - Really long hours.
    - Feel bad taking leave.
    - High burnout.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Challenging, no-nonsense environment

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    You're surrounded by bright, creative people, from diverse backgrounds. Truly a global company, focused on hiring the best candidates from around the world. All-hands meetings teach you about various areas of the business, and the CEO always shares bits of wisdom, followed by open, virtually anything goes, Q&A. Great stock benefits, if you can hold out through year 3. Open environment where constructive criticism is valued. You're typically empowered to run your own space.

    Cons

    When Amazonians start to believe their own press, they can make bad decisions. Many strong referrals are rejected via bar-raiser arrogance, to the point that you no longer want to sponsor references for fear of a bad candidate experience. Too much time is spent finding the "bad" in good employees during annual rating exercises. Time would be better spent in making their great employees even stronger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the focus on the customer, but improve your focus on the employee. Your culture, that was once strong, is being diluted through massive YoY growth. Don't add to the problem via attrition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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