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High Risk, High Reward

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Cincinnati, OH
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Cincinnati, OH

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

Pros

Salary is good. Get stock vests over first 4 years. Very challenging and will push you to your limits, and beyond. I have grown as a leader 2 fold in 3 years. Amazon focuses on holding managers accountable and thus creates an environment of success. Highly driven by a feedback-centered culture.

Cons

No good training process for managers. It's a "sink or swim" environment. This is a product of the internet-speed growth that Amazon faces. This is the high risk part of the job, but if you make it, great things can happen

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't leave your leadership on a island to "figure it out for themselves". This is chewing people up and you're losing great talent. Focus on your leadership they way your leadership focuses on the associates.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Don't go

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    From outsider's perspective Amazon seems to be an innovative company focusingon improving customer experience and offering more affordable products.

    Cons

    1) unrealistic business targets
    2) inexperienced middle management
    3) no support to remove roadblocks and, as a result, no work life balance
    4) sometimes no respect in communication
    5) relatively uncompetitive salary, the stock compensation is a joke given 3-4 year vesting period and 1 year employee retention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    in 2-3 years it will be challenging to attract talent, if such a trend continues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 16 people found this helpful  

    Poor Treatment of Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on interesting, cutting-edge projects. Generally highly competent, intelligent colleagues. Good 'name' for your resume to leverage for another position.

    Cons

    One of Bezos' fundamental values is 'frugality' and boy do they ever mean it at Amazon! Double-sided print jobs (for those awful memos you have to prepare and discuss in excruciating detail before doing anything) and stays in unsafe, sketchy hotels during business travel will be your life. No free phones here (although you may get a free IMDB Pro account, which is unintentional comedy at its finest). This emphasis on frugality is not shocking given the company barely breaks even but Jeff and his 'S' team doesn't pay the price - rank and file employees do. In an environment in which competition for talent - especially tech talent - has never been higher you would think they would at least pretend to care about their employees. Not so. When Microsoft looks great by comparison on this basis, then you know you have some work to do.

    They even went after a former colleague of mine, suing him for leaving for Google, even though he moved to California and they don't enforce non-competes there, which Amazon knows. They did this just to screw with him and to send a message to current employees who may be thinking of leaving (which is everyone below Level 8, at least). Cutthroat and awful place to be. Life is short - why spend it at a place that despises you? When my options vest shortly, I am gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though you don't believe it, there are other important constituents and causes besides customers. Like employees...shareholders...partners...charities. We were not all put on this Earth to maximize Bezos' personal wealth accumulation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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