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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Most amazing collection of people and mission imaginable."

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues, massive intellectual freedom, resources to do big things, rigor

    Cons

    sometimes a little too "vocally self critical"

    Advice to Management

    just keep going, but maybe start to open up to outsiders' views of the world,

    Amazon2019-01-28
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon Fulfillment is a great learning experience for Operations executives"

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great onboarding strategy of hands-on experience in Amazon Fulfillment Centers (FC's) that allow new hires - even at top executive levels - to learn the devil of the details in Inbound, Outbound, Inventory Control, and Quality Assurance functions. If you get your experience in a Robotics driven warehouse, you get exposure to the top technology solutions as well. You work with some of the smartest and most passionate...

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    Cons

    As much as Amazon Fulfillment (this has nothing to do with AWS, which is a different entity altogether) hires some of the smartest people, the dichotomy in its work environment is that there is more brawn (hard, warehouse, blue collar work) that is rewarded than could be done with actual problem solving with higher level mathematical routines.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring for Amazon Fulfillment, the proven army-navy model is perfect. Don't bring in PhD's in STEM disciplines and expect them to perform as a Navy Seal. Allocate them elsewhere in Amazon.

    Amazon2019-03-15
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Work hard, work hard, work hard. May be make history.

    Cons

    Little regards to people and their well being.

    Advice to Management

    Success at all cost may not be a long term thinking!

    Amazon2018-12-11
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for mobility

    Cons

    Very toxic culture. People spend way too much time trying to find fault in other people's work. People try to find fault and then go to managers directly to complain. Many people 2-4 layers below Bezos simply don't care and it shows. Bad behavior and bullying is supported and encouraged. It's called being Amazonian. Ego is big and is a very big issue as well. Also, collaboration is very rare and plagiarism is rampant....

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    Advice to Management

    Do what's right for the company and don't just try to pass the time till more stocks vest.

    Amazon2018-11-08
  5. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Pay is good ... as stock keeps growing

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible

    Amazon2018-09-30
  6. "Director, Software Development"

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    You'll learn how to operate at massive scale You will be pushed by others to improve your writing and communication skills You'll learn how to use data to drive your decision making You'll become a better professional and a better person because you'll get direct feedback from your supervisors, peers, and executives You'll learn how to develop and hire the best people in the world

    Cons

    You'll work hard sometimes, but it's not brutal You'll get direct feedback sometimes - you may get your feelings hurt

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring excellent people

    Amazon2018-08-29
  7. Helpful (4)

    "The place for entrepreneurial high tech employees"

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment with lots of ability to innovate. Smart and dedicated people. Will root out low performers. Well rounded engineers. Organized like small businesses - not functionally organized i.e. engineering org, product org -etc.

    Cons

    For self directed people - not for those who can't figure out how to deal with ambiguous situations. Experience can run hot or cold based on the manager. Look for managers that have been with amazon at least 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop incenting good ICs to become managers. Keep a closer eye on new Orgs that import lots of external FTEs. Be cautious that the new annual review doesn't water down the need to live up to leadership principles.

    Amazon2018-05-23
  8. "Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Ship things customers want.

    Cons

    Lots to ship and only so much time.

    Amazon2018-06-16
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Substance, Stamina and Smarts are the Key to Success"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I've worked in the Tech industry for over 10 years, both in Silicon Valley and Seattle. I can honestly say Amazon is the most innovative place I've ever seen. People here are the some of the smartest on the planet, and they want to make big things happen. People who do well here absolutely have passion for what they do, and a relentless drive to do better. They're not afraid of hard work and rolling up your sleeves...

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    Cons

    The pace at which things happen is mind blowing at times, and can be hard to keep up. It's fun and exciting, but you really have to know how to pace yourself or you can easily burn out. This also isn't an environment where you'll feel pampered. It's real, and substance matters more than style. The best idea, no matter where it comes from, is all that matters. Personal accountability is key, and sometimes you feel...

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    Advice to Management

    More two-way communications from senior executives would be nice. There's almost no messaging from our senior leaders, and they don't spend enough time inspiring people about where we're going.

    Amazon2018-05-31
  10. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Smartest people in the world work here, There is opportunity everywhere and so many cool things going on. The scale is massive, like no where else in the world.

    Cons

    Limited focus on people / development and what is in place is underdeveloped and often dis-genuine. People are too often seen as disposable batteries who get used full force, when burn out is near, they are tossed aside and replace with new. Most Directors and up have lost track of what the front line employee is doing, being more concerned about resource grabbing and empire building.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time on the ground, work backwards from the employee. Employees drive your customer obsession, make it a reality or don't.

    Amazon2018-06-07
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