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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

In most places challenging problems with motivated and competent colleagues working toward the common goal of making the most customer centric company in the world. Good rewards for implementing good ideas quickly. Culture encourages collaboration and access to intellectual resources. Competitive benefits with stock grants that reward pay for performance. The pace is usually exhilarating

Cons

Like most dynamic software companies the need for speed and impatience with failure biases work-life balance heavily to work at all technical levels evidenced in increases rates of fatigue and irritability. The pace reduces the time to recover. Q4 can be exhausting.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay attention to average fatigue and irritability. See if reducing the average increases productivity.

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    Great place but can be tough

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great compensation, dogs at work, challenging work

    Cons

    As company grows, they are becoming a bit bureaucratic in some areas. Women do ok here but it's not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to developing women

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    Amazon is a place where builders can build, mostly

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Amazon has invested a lot in the development infrastructure. There are a lot of tools in place to make writing and deploying code easier; the learning curve can be steep but they really do focus on getting developers to a place where they are adding value. The team you work on will really impact how much you work and how intense your on-call is but my team has very reasonable expectations. I never work more than 40 hours a week and our on-call is very mild. This is not true for all teams.

    Cons

    The focus on "Bias for Action" sometimes equates to the ends justify the means and you get people who basically think they can bully you into doing what they want. Your experience at Amazon will really vary based on your team but can be hard to predict in advance.

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