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The largest startup in the world

Software Engineer III (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

Pros1. Good pay at higher levels (SDE 3+)
2. Excellent range of opportunities - work from UI to the largest web services infrastructure in the world to machine learning to consumer products (Kindle).. If you get bored of one team, moving to another is straightforward.
3. High achievers are rewarded well
4. Super focused and competent senior management

Cons1. The frugality (cheapness) gets old after a while.
2. Growing as an individual contributor after the SDE 2 level is made ridiculously tough and is completely team dependent; an SDE 2-3 promotion in a technically strong team might take years (or never happen) with the same promotion take a few months in some other teams
3. Uneven quality across groups and teams - there needs to be a consistent hiring bar.
4. Employees are treated largely as cogs. The pager hell is real and can be bad depending on the team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Good company, but different groups range from great to nightmarish

    Quality Assurance Engineer II (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: - pay and bonus are good - try to hire the… Cons: - compensation packages are misleading-- heavy in stock awards that vest mostly 3 and 4 years after hire. 90% of employees don't make it… Advice to Senior Management: - put more effort into RETAINING the best once you hire them, rather than just hiring the… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Innovative and past pace environment. Have true ownership of… Cons: Work life balance can be an issue. Advice to Senior Management: N/A Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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