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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 an 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

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    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 an 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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    Interaction Design Intern

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    Former Employee - IxD Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IxD Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing team of experts
    they are not afraid to give criticism
    Hold designers to high standards

    Cons

    No Mentor
    People were too busy to answer quesitons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you're keeping up with your mentors so they're participating, not just watching

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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