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

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Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA

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 ManagementAdvice

People are not fungible

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be prepared to feel like a number

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Very fast paced.
    Good Benefits.
    Decent start off pay with $0.55 increase every 6months
    Always able to get extra hours in for a bigger paycheck.
    There are a lot of different things to do if you have a willing mind to learn.
    Very innovative, strive towards greatness

    Cons

    The pay of the Tier 1 positions cap out after about 3 years, so around $15.30?
    Managers are very biased and can be pretty inconsiderate at times. If you happen to work below expectations even just one time, they will punish you before trying to understand what could have caused the problem. Even though it is usually not your fault as there are many different factors that could affect your work. However even if it's not your fault, the write up stays on your record for about 3-6months.

    If you're a good worker in your current position, they will keep you there even if you want to move up.

    You can know how to do everything in the warehouse and get the same pay as someone who can only perform 1 function.
    You can have a hard and vigorous function and get the same pay as someone who does little to no work in their job function.

    You have to be "cool" with management to get anywhere.
    It doesn't matter how amazing you work or how long you've been there, you will be treated the same as everyone else and have the same opportunities as everyone else unless you're "cool" with management.

    If you do bad, expect some form of correction and the event added to your record.
    If you do good, expect nothing.

    Not flexible with your schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin to care about your employees and stop being so biased. Rate your employees based on the work they put forth, not on how much you like them personally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Strong experience, do not treat employees well

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Resume builder, strong salary, are able to work remotely

    Cons

    Being recognized for hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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