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Helpful (2)

Long hours and chaotic planning

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

- Get to work with smart people - Company is loved by customers and its products are used by millions

Cons

- Expectations to work long hours and weekends - Constantly shifting deadlines make it difficult to stay on top of your responsibilities - High turnover makes it difficult to form good relationships with colleagues

Advice to Management

More structured planning and fewer randomizing demands from senior management would make the engineering organization more effective.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com

  1. Helpful (1)

    Employees not treated like customers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. NA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots to learn, Good Work

    Cons

    Work Culture not that good

    Advice to Management

    NA


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