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Intelligent, motivated coworkers in a fast-paced environment with constantly-shifting goals.

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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 an year)

Pros

Your coworkers are generally motivated, capable people. Compensation is reasonable, given cost-of-living in the Seattle area. Lots of good places to eat in South Lake Union.

Cons

Emphasis on quantity over quality, in spite of the Amazon Leadership Principles. Engineers are second-class citizens in some divisions where business people rule the roost. Long hours. Lots of internal bureaucracy. Strong case of NIH syndrome. High employee turnover. No company shuttles to the Eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, ...).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Empower engineers to do their jobs well. Do a better job at creating requirements and strategies and sticking to them.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

3692 Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com (View Most Recent)

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    It's warehouse work...

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Time off is excellent, with opportunities for leaves of absence, paid time off, and unpaid time off. Pay, for the entry-level warehouse positions, stays about 30% above what area retailers provide, and benefits are good. They include a technical-focused tuition assistance program, company discounts, and stock options.

    In addition, the company has an open-door policy concerning management, and works hard to provide multiple avenues of communication for their employees.

    Cons

    Many jobs are highly repetitive, making injuries possible. You work ten- and twelve-hour shifts, and some placements in the warehouse involve walking 17 or miles, daily, on concrete. Overtime is often mandatory; you will work up to 60 hours a week.

    Expect to be saturated with metrics. In some departments, your every move is tracked, and "time off task," which could simply arise from difficulty finding an item or failing to walk quickly enough, results in disciplinary measures.

    As with anywhere, depending on the department and on your managers, expect to deal with favoritism and unequal expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -- Continue keeping your open-door policy and lanes of communication. They're great.
    -- Hire actual physical therapists to design stretching routines. Current routines are not medically sound.
    -- Create better systems for training new hires, who are currently basically thrown into the fray and expected to swim.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, exciting technology and innovation, but not for everyone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are top notch people in every aspect of computer science and internet business. You can easily find teams with skill sets and expertise you are interested in and you want to learn. Flexible and dynamic organization. Besides technology strength, this company also advocates business senses. Teach you some important stuff for any internet business

    Cons

    Value confrontation therefore causes a lot of churn within team members and among teams. Limited curb and coaching for highly competitive individuals and teams culture. Sometimes this is what higher management want to see.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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