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Amazon Engineer III Reviews

Updated Dec 30, 2019

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  1. "Amazonian"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Engineer III 

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazon is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Fast pace and lots of responsibilities

    Amazon2019-04-25
  2. "Overall a good company to work for, but growth begets stifling bureaucratic processes"

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    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Engineer III 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good health and stock benefits, opportunity for internal transfer, surprising amount of entrepreneurial culture given size, cutting edge technology, smart coworkers. Leadership Principles (ALPs) permeate the culture and guide actions.

    Cons

    Employee leveling and role classification is highly subjective and counterintuitive. High performance and role expansion does not lead to promotion - surprisingly, (by policy) neither does transferring to a higher level/wider scope position, as you have to prove yourself in the new role to even be considered for the advertised level of the position. Time Off policies are on the weak side - save for places like CA that have better employee protection laws, salaried employees get six paid US holidays, max of 4 wks of paid vacation earned per year (after 6 years), with 160hr accumulation cap. 48 hrs/yr of personal/sick time with 72 hr cap where required by law, otherwise 'use or lose'. Want to take a paid 6 week sabbatical after years of dedicated service? Forget it - you'll burn all your PTO and still not have enough. Amazon subscribes to the 'open workspace' idea, so if you find having your co-workers on every side of you without partitions counterproductive you won't be happy here. You can request a set of headphones to block out the noise. Amazon has a mentor program, but it isn't well executed or promoted - more of an opt-in wild west sort of thing. I've seen other companies build and promote highly qualified employees through good mentorship and oversight - Amazon should do the same. Amazon has a very low top end cap on base salaries, preferring to pay employees in stock for tax reasons. This is nice when the stock does well, and supposedly the company will adjust payouts during annual reviews if the stock isn't doing well. Conversely, if the stock happens to be doing well during the review period then the company sees that as the equivalent of a pay raise, i.e. you won't get one. Thus an average employee and an exceptional one are rewarded equally.

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    Amazon2019-12-30
  3. "Solid place to develop your skills"

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer III 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart peers that challenge you to do better, be better Lots of opportunities Flexible work schedule Top tech Pet-Friendly

    Cons

    Paid holidays below most other companies Compensation is low (based on data sources like blind, salary.com, glassdoor)

    Amazon2019-09-16
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Don't stay for more than 3-4 years"

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    * You get to work with a lot of brilliant people. * There's a lot of opportunity to effect change across the company. * Often you get to come up with your own projects. * Dogs * Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    * Re-orgs can really set your career back. * No clear path on lateral promotions/Career changes. * No clear path on promotions that can occur in the same level. * They don't care as much about retention. After a few years, they can hire someone for the same position starting out making more than you. You basically have to boomerang to get what you're worth. (Leave the company and come back.) * Culture seems to be fading away. * Too many internal products come and go instead of just making a new version. * Moving to any other team means you will still get the same money you made, no raises even if it is a different job family. You might possibly get a bump if you transfer to SF or NYC. * Sometimes managers tell you exactly what you need to deliver to get a promo and then doesn't do it. (Or even try!)

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    Amazon2018-05-11
  5. "Good place with minor downsides"

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable management High technical bar Diverse work Easy to transition between teams

    Cons

    Urban campus can cause commute difficulties Compensation is not as much as at some other companies

    Amazon2018-02-09
  6. "Awesome place to gain experience and rewarding projects."

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company offers Very challenging work and project ownership. The RSU offerings are great and the quarterly promotion reviews allow high performers to thrive in this high pace environment.

    Cons

    It is a very big company and at times can feel like you are just a number or a color (blue, orange, red)

    Amazon2017-08-27
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Clone universe"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Direct control over code, builds, deployments. Access to AWS tools for team use. Great facility, on-campus dining.

    Cons

    Non-industry-standard tools. Proprietary solutions for nearly everything. Experienced developers can't leverage their years of experience in tools, libraries, etc. Pressure to work extended hours. Way, way, too many meetings. Poor personnel review practices. Hostile developer culture.

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    Amazon2017-08-04
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Development Engineer III"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good teams (generally), excellent share performance

    Cons

    Mixed bag of managers, no perks, not very competitive with regards to benefits, high share price is starting to affect RSU performance awards. Base salaries are starting to look low in comparison to other tech companies in the area. There's room to move, but everything is so secretive at Amazon that you never really know what else is going on unless you make friends in other departments and they inadvertently break their disclosure agreements and tell you what they're up to

    Amazon2016-12-22
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great opportunity but mired in corporate politics."

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

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

    Pros

    Fast growing, exciting company. At the beginning it feels like you can do anything. Awesome campus and truly unique culture.

    Cons

    Experiences vary widely from team to team but if you have a bad one you'll be trapped. Internal mobility is difficult if you don't have a supportive manager. Stack ranking absolutely exists at Amazon and if you aren't on the same page as your manager your days will be numbered.

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    Amazon2016-08-09
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Dysfunctional, innovative and mythical"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Amazon will teach you about your own limitations - Great compensation - Access to interesting projects and top-notch technologies - Brand new offices in attractive locations - Great company picnic and other events - Executive management is top notch

    Cons

    - Where do you find your managers, in North Korean prisons? - Wicked relationship between business and IT - Indian cliques and the lack of diversity - The culture of drinking alcohol in the office, during the day - Poor support of local initiatives (you are not Microsoft)

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    Amazon2016-06-21
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