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intelligent co-workers, mediocre middle management, bad place for systems engineers

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Some very smart people work here. It is not hard to find challenging and interesting tasks. Great place to learn. If you work hard, smart, and long, you can really get ahead

Cons

Stack ranking makes for somewhat strained relationship between co-workers. very poor work life balance if you want to get promoted. Amazon values builders -- which means that sstems engineers are a second class citizen. Turnover for Systems engineers is really high in retail.

Advice to Management

People are not fungible

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    Amazon - Sr. Technical Product Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on really big projects and high visibility (depending on the team) Most folks you work with are really smart You will learn a lot Flat organization - Less bureaucratic Fast paced environment Financial compensation is pretty good. (Negotiate hard if you clear the interview loop. Of course, be smart about it.)

    Cons

    Work-life balance will be a challenge. For the most part, employees are treated as commodity Many managers with foreman mentality, lack core leadership skills to motivate and lead teams. Critical culture - don't join if you are a sensitive type Growing through the ranks will be tough if you join at a Sr. manager level. Continuously you will be overwhelmed with work, you will either adapt or break.

    Advice to Management

    Work-Life balance - making employers work 12 -15 hours per day on a continuous basis does not really allows employees to think out of the box. Invest in employee growth. Foster an environment for innovation. Please train your middle tier management team to become leaders not just managers.


  2. Helpful (3)

    You get better deal somewhere else

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good name on your CV. Bright people. Mediocre management.

    Cons

    You get better deal from somewhere else if you are working about the same hours. The salary increase is not even on par with the inflation so you're becoming poorer every year. The compensation basically you're dumb enough if you stay longer than 2 years. After sign-on bonus, you face a personal financial cliff.

    Advice to Management

    You are making your company a Google University by being cheap. Work on retention instead of wasting time on hiring and training. It's not FRUGAL. Learn to do better math and then talk about frugality.


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