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Lot of work, No work life balance, Unhappy employees, Management disconnected from reality.

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  • Career Opportunities
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

Lot of exciting work goes on at Amazon.
Good opportunities are there but you have to be lucky to be given them.
Salary is acceptable.

Cons

The Stock Bonus and 401k match are a way to keep you around longer since you barely get anything without sticking around for 3years, but most don't stay that long.
Too many people leaving and new people coming in, a lot of time and money is wasted due to this.
Chaotic workplace.
The review process is one which Microsoft scrapped, and is one of the reasons most leave.
Very few truly happy software engineers here.
Everyone works crazy hours. Some start little later, work through lunch meetings, and till 12 and 1am at night and on weekends quite regularly. No one asks you to do it, but everyone does it so it becomes "normal". So you work super long hours and you don't even get benefits like free food or snacks even.
Work-Life balance is non-existent, be ready to bid adieu to your social life completely if you want to stick around.
Amazon knows how to convert exciting work into life sucking torturous work which takes a toll on your health and happiness.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop micromanaging employees.
Don't keep pushing employees to the extent where they are frustrated and disappointed with themselves. That won't help anyone.
Account for unknown issues which can happen, this is where you need to deal with ambiguity.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disdain and contempt for candidates does not equal Customer Centric

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    free pizza weekly; some good co-workers that want to do a good job but get bogged down in sending crappy candidates just for numbers stake not because they remotely meet the bar for the role.

    Cons

    The disdain and contempt that interviewers have for candidates is overwhelming and embarrassing; managers miss calls, reschedule at the last minute or want to talk to people on the weekends....guess who gets the call from the irate candidate on the weekend? They talk about leadership principals and finding the best of the best but they pay crappy, have mediocre benefits....nickel and dime you on stocks that cost you coming and going. Throwing paper at the managers of unqualified candidates who have never been contacted is like a 3rd Party Agency mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better tools so recruiters do not spend so much time in between 3 systems; reporting for reporting sake is stupid; capture actual data of results versus throwing paper at managers. Finally have people in leadership roles that have actually recruited with these systems; having a director who has never recruited makes no sense as they have no understanding of recruiting and what good quality recruiting is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Amazon is widely seen as one of few companies that are actively innovating. An Amazon.com stint on your resume can open some doors that might otherwise remain closed to you.

    Amazon stock has done amazingly well over the past few years and Amazon is a big believer in paying with stock, with one of the lowest base salary caps in the industry.

    As a development manager, I had more authority over my team's processes, the hiring process, the review process, etc., than I had at most of the other companies I've worked for. This can be good or bad, depending on the quality of the individual manager.

    Cons

    Conspicuously absent from the company's core values are such things as "honesty," "work-life balance," and "treat employees fairly."

    The company is frugal to the point of stupidity at times, with some calling this out as being "frupid." Getting access to such things as proper hardware and training took an enormous amount of work since there is a severely limited budget for both.

    The middle layer of management, from SDM to Director, has a lot of power to do whatever they wish. How you are treated at Amazon depends almost entirely on your manager. With a good manager, you'll do well. With a rotten manager, and there are a lot of them, you'll do poorly. This includes such things as work-life balance, compensation, and advancement.

    The company has grown faster than its processes support. All too often, enormous technical debt accrues and fighting to pay back that debt is far more difficult than it should be, as the VPs only want features.

    Excessive upper management meddling in various projects causes a lot of problems, from features that change on a daily basis to features added without any schedule change or any other features removed, and so on. The upper management team, all the way to Bezos, has to sign off on all user experience changes for the major features, tablets, and eInk readers, and that causes a terrible backlog in getting those features defined, as they go through multiple iterations at multiple upper management levels.

    Basic project management guidelines, best practices, and tenets are routinely violated. The lessons of "The Mythical Man-Month" have never been learned at Amazon.

    The stock is likely overvalued, which means that the generous compensation can turn overnight to a much less generous compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop meddling so much. Hire good people and then trust them.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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