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Marketing Manager

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Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Amazon.com

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

good pay & benefits empowers employees smart coworkers

Cons

Hard work and long hours, not great work/life balance

Advice to Management

More levels so there are more smaller promotions -- per Tony Hsieh in the All Hands meeting, continuous small promotions help to make people happy.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    They expect long hours and little work/life balance, but at least they're honest about it from the time you interview!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing growth in a number of "cool" spaces Will continue to expand, not afraid to try new things Hire really smart, talented people Job scope is typically broad All about the customer Bezos is a strong leader and very involved

    Cons

    Um, no work/life balance Long, involved hiring process Hire as few people as possible to get the job done Base salary for new hires (at all levels) is capped, but at least everyone is in the same boat

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking risks and focusing on the customer-- it's proven to be a winning formula Remember that there are only 24 hours in a day and some people have families


  2. Helpful (10)

    Great place for a new college grad - some teams better than others

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

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I moved to Seattle right out of college to take a job in the risk management (anti-fraud) department. It was a little intimidating at first, with a learning curve like any job, but after a few months I was doing a lot of productive work. I was given significant responsibility early on and after 3 years, I was the team expert on several major systems. Work/life balance was pretty good in my department, though I heard stories about others not being as good. Definitely ask your potential manager about pager duty - everyone has it, but it's much worse for some. Eventually we got 12x7 India support, which meant no more being woken up for nighttime production issues. As far as working hours, I put in my 40 hours a week and went home. No weekend work except for the occasional on call. I rarely *ever* put in any overtime, with the only exceptions being around the holiday season, which is considerably busier for most people. My manager was very good about respecting the importance of family and other personal needs. Work schedule is ridiculously flexible (sometimes a bad thing) - generally you could come in at 7 am or at noon, as long as you put in your 40 hours, and no one is counting either. Benefits are pretty good. You get a bus pass that gets you free unlimited bus rides, including commuter buses. Some pretty famous people come to give talks/book signings for the employees. Parking at Union Station is free after reimbursement if you can get one of the cheap enough lots. Not sure what the situation will be after the move to South Lake Union. Pretty easy to get promoted within the SDE levels (1/2/3). I think lots of people get promoted from 1 to 2 in the first couple of years - this carried a $15k raise for me. Technology is fairly up to date compared to other companies. You get a laptop which you can take home with you. Lots of super smart engineers. Casual, informal work environment is nice.

    Cons

    Operational burden can be rather high; by that I mean you can end up spending a lot of time doing things that are not related to software development (reading lots of email, answering questions asked by employees in other areas, pulling data that your manager needs, metrics, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Hire some operational support engineers to let the software engineers focus more on what they do best - developing software.


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