FilterPrincipal Systems Engineer
I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)
Passion for customer
Lots of career growth opportunity
Freedom to innovate
Minimum amount of process to deliver high-quality results quickly
Nimble, able to move fast
Clear thinking around business decisions using the "document" process
Solid design thinking
Non-contributors don't last. I've seen several L7 Principals get moved out because they were "coasting"
Awesome stock progress
Leadership principles very solid. They are actually followed in hiring, promotion, & daily work
I've seen execs change for the positive based on system feedback
"Continuously improve" mentality in all aspects of the company
Opportunity for career advancement is strong. Fairly clear path for promotion that is employee-driven.
"Customer first" principle also filters into how HR, IT, and other areas of the company serve the employees.
High intensity/pressure at times
As a senior dev, I experienced difficulty transferring teams. This was supposedly corrected in 2016.
Health care is still fairly expensive (up to $10K out of pocket maximum per year)
401K match is poor (only $0.50/dollar and up to 2%/4% of salary). No 401K match for stock.
You get a 4 year deal of stock. In year #5 you take a pretty big reduction in compensation since recently the stock has gone up far faster than the 15% predicted by the corporate compensation model. But anyone would want to trade places with me based on the nice run we've had :-).
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