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Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, fast paced environment. Good people. You have to make your own mark abd work hard. Lots of opportunities to move up!

    Cons

    Lot of work, especially prime day. You might have to work different shifts. You have to keep your eye on the prize!!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the people


  2. "Great Company, Better Office"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Wide variety of challenging problems to solve and plenty of work to be done
    - The compensation is top notch. Even as a college grad SDE you'll probably be paid what a senior engineer is paid at the other large companies in Detroit. If you stay for a few years you'll be treated with much stock.
    - Office is very friendly and there's plenty of community-building events driven by a great office manager
    - Yes, you can transfer to Seattle just fine should you want to do that

    Cons

    - Monthly On call rotations with typically pretty heavy operational load.
    - Sometimes recently it seems like empire building is the true motivation behind some decisions (though it can always be framed with some LP like Customer Obsession)

    Advice to Management

    Favor keeping the small, friendly startup feel of the office over building an empire

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Amazon has a great system to feel like you are a part of something bigger.

    Cons

    Did not get to build meaningful connections that I hoped at a company like Amazon Many of the workers are fairly separated from each other, a fratty atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to keep things running like a startup. As soon as you stray from it, the path goes downhill.


  4. "Distribution Center"

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    Current Employee - Work From Home Agent in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Work From Home Agent in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Need extra employment during the day.

    Cons

    There are none as long as it's a replicable company

    Advice to Management

    I have worked in management for 25 years. Very strong work ethic


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Too much Ops with too little training"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment with

    Cons

    Too much operational work. It was overwhelming and frustrating to see how much one had to rely on manual processes when some tool development could have saved everyone a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on tool development. Focus on structured training for ops. If the average developers spend more than 50% of their time outside of an IDE, then something is not right.


  6. "President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I worked too many hours

    Cons

    I love my job a lot


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Work hard, have a huge impact"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    + Your work will likely be seen and used by millions
    + Fantastic company values that people actually care about
    + Great co-workers and transparent management

    Cons

    - Fairly stressful environment
    - Monthly on-call rotation

    Advice to Management

    Frugality shouldn't mean it's not the default to have the best tools for the job (dual monitors, newer computers) even if it's possible to get these things without too much trouble. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing!


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