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Helpful (8)

overworked, over-stressed, under-appreciated

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Former Employee - Editor in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Editor in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

smart people, new technologies, entreprenurial spirit

Cons

too much work, too little appreciation and recognition, unequal work-life balance, extreme favoritism (and I wasn't one of the favorites!), lots of brown-nosing required (not one of my talents!) management's truth is the ultimate truth--there is no overcoming it, overall the worst work experience of my life.

Advice to Management

get a grip on reality...people are telling you what they think you want to hear--not the real situation and how to solve the problem.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com

  1. be prepared! You have to work very hard.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good for development for a new hire. You'll learn a lot from peers. Good money too.

    Cons

    tough operations. slow in promotion.

    Advice to Management

    stop micromanagement! trust your engineers.


  2. Helpful (7)

    Savvy business management, poor employee management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Management in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Management in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Powerful business model on core retail business that drives seemingly unlimited growth. The basic principle that the company was built on which by driving lower prices it can fuel sales, gain leverage and reduce costs from vendors to further reduce prices fuel growth, etc. is brilliant due to its simplicity. In order to be successful this model requires long term thinking and Jeff Bezos is famous for that, which allows folks to focus on projects that may add a lot of value 5+ years down the road. This also leads to plenty opportunities for innovation, which are key in creating a sustainable business. Another pro is the fact that the company focuses on three things that do not change no matter what the economy does: great prices, great selection, great customer experience. No matter what the state of external elements might be, focusing on these three things gives a company an edge. Finally its obsession with customer satisfaction is a lesson to be learned. Being in that environment gives a unique perspective on how to manage a business that needs to be seen in practice to truly absorb.

    Cons

    Unfortunately despite all the great strategy surrounding the business, the people management is absolutely terrible which I suspect will have long term negative consequences. There is little to no structure on how someone can grow which puts your fate completely in the hands of your manager or manager's manager. Obviously in any company they will always have a very strong influence in your career, but the lack of structure provides you with no safety net in case you happen to land on a terrible team. There is little to no training when you start in the company, but you are expected to work your butt off and get results. It is not uncommon that managers will say that you should spend time with your families, but give you so much work that makes it almost impossible. Additionally there is little room for errors, even if you have had years of recognized achievements, a couple of months of bad luck and your thrown to the dogs. I do have to clarify it is not like this in all departments. There are pockets of good people, but overall the senior leadership simply does not focus on their employees as much as they could/should.

    Advice to Management

    Simple things such as defining a function and what is expected in each level of the function would go a long way in helping people grow or at least understand why they are not growing. Evaluating managers creating a good working environment in addition to an effective one would also be helpful. Probably the root cause of what I would call Amazon's inept HR management is the fact that Jeff B simply does not spend much time thinking about his employees and therefore does not put pressure on his top captains to create a hospitable working environment. If they valued the employees half as much as the customers, Amazon would be a great place to work at.


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