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Stretch, learn, work, work and work

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  • 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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    Fulfillment Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate (Seasonal) in Haslet, TX
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate (Seasonal) in Haslet, TX

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pass the drug test you are hired, they put a lot of people in the system. They give you personal days to use at your discretion from day one. If you like wearing jeans, t-shirts and tennis shoes you will love it at Amazon. The warehouse is climate controlled.

    Cons

    They profile people as to what job they will do, and how they promote. If you are young, white, preppy type you are way ahead of the game. Just look around at the people in management positions. Seasonal workers hire on making less money per hour then people with permanent positions, doing the same exact job. Seasonal workers don't get the monthly bonuses, even though they are needed to make the monthly quota. Their incentive is that one day they may become permanent and get these benefits. You will more then likely be let go before this happens and before your medical benefits kick in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company concept is awesome, so sad it isn't available to all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized, understaffed, politics over products (hardware division)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Hardware Interface Design in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Hardware Interface Design in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Seattle campus hires amazing, accomplished designers to work on device platform. The hiring process is thorough but appropriate and the talent level is great.

    Cons

    "frugality" as a corporate value gets interpreted in ways that are pushing ridiculous. The famous door desks are a good example, they are awful, if you need quiet or privacy to work in forget it, the open space is crowded and offices go only to vps. It's a battle to even get a decent dev/design kit setup. The comp package is totally whack (huge "signon" bonuses that extend over the two years before your stock vests, to make up for way lower base than google, ms, apple. And get taxed way higher). Recruiting process was brutal as they seem to outsource the same job to a thousand substandard contract staff. Great, great designers, but understaffed, encouraged to cut corners with some ridiculous cronyism and incompetence as you go up the food chain. You can see it in the current wave of product releases. The arrogance of longtime amazon staff in some divisions vs new hires is horrible and it's no surprise the median time spent there is 1 year. I quit and was contacted months later as to why and if I would consider coming back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the faux nobility of Frugality and treat employees better. Fix the parking situation in Seattle ) parking is 2-300 a month and the wait list for corporate spots is a year long. Hardware platform design division needs a serious re-org and process. Don't expect employees to work on 6 teams simultaneously with no air cover. Give clear career paths (getting promoted is near impossible)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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