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Helpful (2)

Unique place to work and can teach you good leadership values

  • Comp & Benefits
  • 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 5 years)

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

Pros

Leadership principles in Amazon makes it still work like a start-up by developing leaders in the small teams to own their systems and products. Each development team works like its own start-up, each day the developers are encouraged to think big and show ownership. Being vocally self critical is highly encouraged and it makes the teams openly identify areas to improve and act upon them. Most people are smart and have their own core strengths. The people who stay long are generally seasoned leaders even though they are individual contributors, they look out for mentoring and developing the best.
The experience gained working at Amazon is valuable. It can be applied at any other start-up/other big/established company which works similar to a start-up effectively.

Cons

Lots of type A personalities with strong opinions and ideas. If you are able to deal with such members in a team its an advantage. Promotions are hard and can be cut throat. Recognition to the work you have done in terms of getting up the ladder can be challenging. Everyone is smart and hard working which will make it hard to get recognized.

Advice to Management

Promoting from within can help with the retention instead of hiring senior positions from outside the company.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Constant change which offers opportunity and challenges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Exciting new products putting them into new categories, always looking for new people, you get to work with some great people.

    Cons

    There is never enough time to accomplish all management wants. Very focused on metrics, yet often do not look at what the metrics measure. Very little guidance for career path, often favor an outside candidate over an internal one.

    Advice to Management

    The high degree of internal secrecy makes planning for anything beyond a month or two nearly impossible. For a company that claims to think long-term they are surprisingly focused on the short-term in evaluating employees.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Pay isn't worth the stress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Indianapolis, IN

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

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

    Pros

    - Good Health Benefits
    - Decent pay
    - Company is always growing

    Cons

    - Not much work-life balance
    - High turnover and extreme overtime discourages people from wanting to move up in the company. After 6 years of being at the same level I'm too overworked and looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your hard working employees by providing a better atmosphere with the opportunity to flourish and you will have less turnover.

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