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Not So Glamorous

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Former Employee - Area Manager in Fernley, NV
Former Employee - Area Manager in Fernley, NV

I worked at Amazon.com

Pros

Decent pay, decent benefits. You can move up in the ranks if you are willing to throw people under the bus and use buzz words such as green-belt, six-sigma, standard deviation even though you don't really understand them completely.

Cons

Company motivates employees with fear and pressure. Senior management pressures associates and managers to just get the job done without offering any help or guidence. This is because the system is broken and they don't have the answers either. But instead of realizing this, they will throw you under the bus any chance they get because they fear for their reputation.

Because the business model of Amazon includes very tight margins on their products, the company tries to save money everywhere; as a result, the facilities are run like sweat shops and associates are treated like slaves. In addition, equipment is very rickety and often creates safety hazards for workers.

While the pay is decent, as a manager you will end up working so much overtime that your salary will be comparable to an hourly associate's (again, part of the business plan to cut costs). The retention rate for Area Managers is ridiculous--something like 2-3 months. And the reason they like to hire military is because they know veterans are likely to put up with more crap than their civilian coutnerparts. My guess is if they didn't hire military, the retention rate would be right at about 1 week.

Don't be fooled by the name Amazon and the appeal that it seems to carry because it is an "innovative" dot com company. Instead, think "Online Walmart" who is actually one of their biggest (if not biggest) competitors.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There's really no hope. My advice would be to get a new job if you believe in karma or would like to have a clear conscience.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Needs less ex-military and more business professionals

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hazleton, PA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hazleton, PA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    If you work hard they will reward you, the pay is very good for warehouse work and promotions are there if you work hard and play the politics right.

    Cons

    They tend to hire under-qualified ex military personnel into management. They also required a BA/BS degree but do not care what it is in. So you end up with people who went to college for physical fitness in a management position they should never of been allowed into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont treat your employees like amazon is the army. Hiring ex-military is good, just make sure they went to school for something business related.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    What you'd expect

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart, talented, hard working people. Decent pay, good locations in Seattle, moving to a new 11 building campus soon.

    Cons

    Most people are overworked and on salary so the good pay kind of evens out. Nerdy culture leads to a lot of people just working with their heads down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the website; stressing innovation and new features has led to a cluttered, complicated site that is imposing to new users.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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