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Helpful (4)

High Risk, High Reward

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  • Senior Management
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)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (8)

    Lots of promise but ultimately frustrating because of internal politics.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technical challenges and opportunities at Amazon are huge. You work with incredibly smart people on incredibly hard problems. You will learn a lot that will help with the rest of your career.

    Cons

    There is always way more to do than you can reasonably accomplish. Most teams are understaffed. Amazon has a "frugality" leadership principle, which in reality means many things are underfunded and projects are harder to deliver as a result. Also, Amazon still uses the discredited stack ranking and forced curving in its "performance" reviews. The predictable result is aggressive internal competition, backstabbing, and other political bs. They'd be better off promoting teamwork and rewarding joint achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people work, promote collaboration and teamwork instead of destructive internal competition.


  2. we all don't work in Seattle

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    salary is much higher then in most companies

    Cons

    Work life balance expectations are very high lots of politics if you want to move up

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach


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