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Helpful (7)

Soul Sucking Poor Management

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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 a year)

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

Pros

The potential upside of the stock payout in 4 years. Lots of really enthusiastic people (well initially anyway)

Cons

Soul crushing work hours. Expected to be available 24/7. Some of the poorest management skills I have seen. Benefits for medical are average and the 401(k) is a joke. You don't vest for 3 years on the company match. Just another handcuff. The Anytime Feedback tool is a passive aggressive way of feedback for any employee to spew frustrations without any justification whatsoever. Oh, and you can spend your lifetime writing white papers that often go nowhere. How archaic in the only way to present or discuss an idea. I don't know how many trees are killed to print on paper (heaven forbid a soft copy) and then to sit all together in a room to read and discuss. Time killing and brain numbing exercise.

Advice to Management

Think of ways to be more innovative. Dump those terrible managers. This is not a place to tolerate such poor behavior. be more flexible and provide better work environments.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Horrible Leaders & no work life balance.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The company is full of very smart people. Many of them coming straight out of MBA school.

    Cons

    Most leadership has little to no experience leading a wide variety of talent. The training is non existent and if you don't fit an exact mold, they will claim that you are not performing. There is also a high level of favoritism. This can be seen by managers drilling and requesting additional work from only certain members of the team.

    Besides bad management, work life balance is non existent. If you have kids, say good bye to being part of their life. Management will look at your kids as a weakness and will penalize you come review time. Your family life, health, and overall well being will suffer working here.

    The turnover at this place is a clear example on how things are broken with management. Not to mention that the company regularly offers $3-$6K referral, yet continues to post job openings in almost every department. Also keep in mind that your total compensation package is much smaller since you will probably be working 50-100% more hours vs your current job.

    Advice to Management

    Have all of your Sr. Management take basic leadership classes. Most members of our team hated working for the Category Leader. The team members had little to no respect for this person. Due to the fact that this person was completely inconsiderate with the way they treated employees. From denying people time off during family births to calling maternity leave out as a negative during annual reviews.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Very bad, no real upward mobility, purposely have very high turnover rate, backbreaking work

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    Former Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

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

    Pros

    Pay per hour is relatively high in comparison to other readily available jobs in local areas.
    If you are full-time and permanent, your total hours a week is average around 38+ hours a week
    Your health insurance bi-weekly premium is cheap.
    You can take your personal time off without much hassle because it is consider pretty much considered pre-approved.
    After you been there over one year, you can quickly accumulate vacation time on monthly basis.

    Cons

    You have begin working through temp agency which means you can be fired anytime for bogus reasons.
    They purposely have high turnover rate among both temp and full-time workers to keep wages low.
    When checking for transfer opportunities, you are stuck in area where you work currently, in other words, if you work in warehouse, then you can not really transfer to computer tech or office clerk because they made requirements very difficult to meet.
    They stated clearly that they are not willing to train employees if they transfer to completely different jobs.
    Top managers including its CEO had stated publicly that employees are not important because there are many people looking for jobs so employees are easily replaceable.
    They disregard employees' long term consequence of severely straining physical body of employees by requiring to meet outrageous very high numbers for processing products/items per minute.
    They are not getting any inputs from medical doctors when they determine various work requirements.

    Advice to Management

    You need to consult inputs from medical doctors on determining various requirements.
    You also need to be willing to transfer employees to completely different departments.
    When employees transfer into completely new departments, you need to be able to train them on-the-job trainings for several weeks or months.

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