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Work Hard, Make History, watch your VP get rewarded for it

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Current Employee - Solution Architect  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Solution Architect in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

Pros

Amazon is faced paced. You are working with some amazing customers doing amazing things with technology and you are in the thick of it every day

Cons

Internal systems are a joke, work life balance is largely non-existent, the pace is unrelenting and above all it's un-rewarding. Employees are disposable assets (there's a reason for the very high turnover - which leads to lack of continuity), perks are non-existent and "bonuses" are in the form of RSUs that don't vest for 2 years (and forget about pay rises)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take a long look at the internal IT systems... they're a joke. Look at how you reward people for working themselves into the ground. Customer Obsession and Frugality is one thing but at the rate of turnover there's no continuity and no long term ownership ... eventually the house of cards will collapse (as it's starting to in AppStore)

Doesn't Recommend
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    The best and worst of times

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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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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