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

I worked at Amazon.com (More than a year)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

I learned a ton, and understand that each department is different depending upon your manager, but my experience was unpleasant. Signing bonuses and stock plans can be generous depending upon timing and level.

Cons

Bad management is not sanctioned at all. Overt sexism by my manager. A high tech software company that has people doing work via hand entered formulas on excel spreadsheets. No work life balance.

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    Work with awesome people in a constantly changing environment

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    Former Employee - Process Assistant
    Former Employee - Process Assistant

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Many of the people that you get to work with, especially during peak, are people that you form true bonds with. Once you move to salary rather than hourly the pay is quite good.

    Cons

    Less than 24 hour notice for overtime shifts that will be required, not just for one day but for several weeks. A very fake and condescending HR department. The constant change that is championed as a good thing can actually be an impediment to efficiency as once processes are learned they are immediately changed by someone seeking a promotion just to prove that they are worth it and the side effects be damned.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good but too much change while constantly making demands on hourly employees creates more stress. Treat your hourly employees as more than cogs in a machine that you constantly tweak, especially when you threaten employees constantly with termination or cuts in hours. Tell HR to stop lying. Tell the truth, your people will appreciate it more.

  2. Helpful (4)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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

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