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Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Smart people
Great leadership
Cutting edge technology opportunities

Cons

Work life balance
Churn of workforce

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    never boring, often stressful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    The company culture is based on objectivity, responsibility, and precision. This means there is little to no "politics" or egos to stroke. Great for people who like to work fast and hard and not waste time. No classism or age-ism like you sometimes see in young hot tech companies.

    Cons

    Frugal company culture means perks are minimal, tools can be subpar, managers can be spread extremely thin and work environment can be unnecessarily challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering the hurdles to getting hired here, there should be more of a focus on retention and promotion of internal talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough place to work but a great place to learn

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I spent 10 years at Amazon starting from engineer to growing into senior manager. I did software development, program management, product management and even some online marketing.

    If you get opportunity to get into ground floor of a new initiative or business and are lucky enough that the initiative has executive attention and becomes a business and starts growing it will do wonders for you:
    1/ You will learn first hand how businesses develop in online world
    2/ You will learn how to operate efficiently (very limited resources - people and funding, and many idea - makes decision making and product pivoting crucial)
    3/ Your career will grow fast within the company

    I have outlined idea scenario that does occur in parts of the company. Albeit to lesser and lesser degree as company has grown a lot and become somewhat of a different beast. So if you are looking at the company and are serious about your investment of years there - be very sensitive to group you go to. You can land at a group that is bigger and older but if so, perform as well as you can and then you must switch to smaller - new business starting group. Otherwise you will be one of many who often complain about the company:

    - Only ops, hardly get to write lot of code or ground breaking software, too much internal tribal knowledge
    - Burnout - big group - crazy boss driven beaurocracy

    Lastly, Amazon is place for those who persevere in times of troubles - keep that in mind!

    Cons

    - Work life balance was worst in my first 4-5 years, it got a lot better in last 2-3
    - If you are in big group, you will find it hard to get much done - big systems with amazon scale of customers are slow sorry - thats life
    - If you are in group with systems not yet mature for the scale, you will end up with lot more operations (debugging, finding that bug involving hairy exception stacks, being smart about problem solving beyond just looking at code flow)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    while(1) {
       printf(" Increase employee discount \n");
    }

    :)

    If you run a big group - know for sure that you have some middle management that is not needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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