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High Pressure but fun to work with bright people

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Current Employee - TPM  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - TPM in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

I've worked at several large companies, and all have had some very good people (hard working, intelligent), but many that aren't so great. The lazy or slow witted don't survive long at Amazon, if they even get in the door. That is not to say that everyone is honorable, but people are universally bright and quick moving, and I find it energizing to be around very bright people. The corporate kool-aid is a flavor I like (customer obsession, restless continual striving). The technical problems you get to work on are difficult and big, and you are encouraged to think big and solve them in the right way. You are respected for delivering results, and encouraged to stand up for your point of view (if you have data to back it up).

Cons

The volume of work piled on you can be crushing and make it difficult to prioritize your work and find time to innovate. You have to be careful not to let the masochistic culture of brutal on-call and long hours suck you into a life that is miserable. Advancement and survival can be political and treacherous. Your first and second level management holds enormous power over your future at Amazon, and due to the frequency that people switch roles or leave (I had 5 managers in my first two years) and groups reorganize, you have to be very cognizant of the political landscape and your status in the current regime. You or your group could suddenly become the stepchild in a second marriage, which could put you in the "least effective" bucket when it comes time to cull the herd. There are a lot of very smart, very ambitious people there. Some of them are also honorable, but some are not.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

How will the bar raising strategy change if Amazon can no longer attract or find sufficient numbers of new talent to fill the jobs?

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    Very fast paced and constantly changing. A world of chaos.

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    Current Employee - HRBP
    Current Employee - HRBP

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay: the base salary is good and the sign on bonus was great. Some of the people were really great to work with.

    Cons

    HR is not respected by the general manager. The world works in chaos and each project is constantly changing. You never know what is going to be asked of you each day. Associates are asked their barriers and managers jump to fix the issues but that is not the same on the exempt side. If an exempt employee voices barriers, then they are given a bad review and blamed for the project failing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs structure. The management team needs to learn to respect their employees, hourly and salaried.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of leadership at the Sr. HR level

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Great pay and lots of learning of supply chain techniques

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in HR and operations...lack of integrity and terrible work/life balance...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop integrity in HR and adhere to your commitment to taking care of your people philosophy...have the guts to hear an entire story before making a decision on half truths or less...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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