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Stretch, learn, work, work and work

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

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Opportunities abound. Innovative new work being done all day every day. Rapid growth company. Environment that encourages creativity. Autonomy is granted if you know your stuff. Dogs allowed in the office. Casual dress environment. Learned more about business and process efficiency in 4 years at Amazon than I did in 10 years in my prior jobs.

Cons

Chronically understaffed. No work life balance and HR Is not seeking to implement it. Churn and burn environment. Arrogant attitude of SVPs with little or no value of employee and employee contributions - i.e. "you're lucky to work here" . Compensation structure is heavily equity based, such that at best salaries are at mid of market requiring sales of shares to meet competitive market salary--leadership principle of "ownership" is a farce. Stock compensation is heavily taxed resulting in a lower overall total compensation package. Benefits are beyond skimpy. Tools, and systems for non-customer facing infrastructure work are fragile and require much manual work to prevent failures.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Values and leadership principles are good. Improve benefits, change compensation structure to more appropriately compensate top talent that work hard to contribute to the company's success.

Recommends
Positive Outlook

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Customers first, Employees fifth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Petersburg, VA
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Petersburg, VA

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

    Pros

    If you work as a picker or stower, this job can give you a great workout. The people are mostly very friendly and approachable and it is customary to engage in a little chit-chat in order to maintain sanity. Full-time permanent employees get lots of chances to take time off including paid time and the dress code is very liberal.

    Cons

    While some days can be worse than others, the work is generally extremely monotonous. Burnout is inevitable. The atmosphere on the floor and get lonely and at times depressing as it seems that no one really wants to be here. The rules tend to be hypocritical (you can actually be stopped for moving too fast) and only emphasize how dumb and devoid of intellect this job is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your employees like robots. Music should be played more often to ease the monotony.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Imbalance work-life; super frugal; customers and then products are more important than employes' lives

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects; lost of technical challenges;

    Cons

    Super frugal; can be mean; working space is small; you will need air to breath; PCs, keyboards, monitors, mices are low-quality and cheap things; You have only 1 monitor for working only. Even coffee cups don't have lids or insulators. Managers ask you about your progress on projects all over the time.
    High bar-raiser, difficult promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    words to reduce frugality. care more about personal and family lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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