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Employees not treated like customers

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

+ "Customer centric" is an understatement + Innovation (AWS, Kindle, Instant Video, etc...) + Freedom to move around and work for various teams and organizations + Amazing development, build, and deployment tools. + Countless new projects and the freedom to make a huge impact. + Smart people

Cons

- Employees are not treated as well as customers. - Horrible IC promotion process - getting promoted is a joke, especially for individual contributors at higher levels. Talent is just a minor factor. At most 20% is within your control, the rest is pretty much random luck: is your manager willing to do the hard work, is your manager experienced enough to get you promoted, is anyone else getting promoted on your team? does your organization promote engineers regularly? who do you know? who does your manager know? did you have more than one manager during the last review cycle? did you your team go through a re-org? was the project you worked on this review period "visible" enough? The company is shooting itself in the foot by not fixing this problem. - Pager duty. Depending on the team you're on, this can have a very negative impact on your work-life balance. Your overall comp should be at least 20% higher than elsewhere to make up for oncall rotations, crazy load, unrealistic expectations, and at times brutal and uncaring management. - "Frugal" is a euphemism for cheap. It's way overdone.

Advice to Management

Treat employees like customers. Fix the promotion process.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com

  1. Some real good stuff and some just as bad...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly strong peer group dedicated to doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Good ability to impact business and make change. Usually little in the way of progress. The agenda is full and exciting.

    Cons

    Work life balance is non-existent. Try to have some and you will be off track. Much depends on your location and manager, but for the most part treatment of employees is pretty harsh from the floor up into the first few layers of management.


  2. I worked very hard and it was rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location. cool projects

    Cons

    worked too many hours and expected to answer emails at night

    Advice to Management

    No advice


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