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Amazon Product Manager Reviews

Updated April 16, 2019
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  • "work life balance is a struggle" (in 2687 reviews)

  • "No work/life balance for most employees" (in 549 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience So Far"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started at Amazon a week ago in the Freetime team in Devices. I am having such a great experience in my onboarding. My team is fantastic and has been very helpful. I was worried before I started because of the news yet everything I experienced so far is great.

    Cons

    Not that I have encountered until now. May be not having catered lunch as my previous employer yet I guess the positive side to it is to be able to support the local community by purchasing food there.


  2. "Great company to learn"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot.
    Depending on the team, you will have an opportunity to create huge impact.

    Cons

    You have to be really good in how you manage your time and work smartly. Otherwise, you will burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Improve culture so employees can grow and really enjoy working at Amazon.

  3. "High stress"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot, their processes are very rigorous.

    Cons

    Worried about keeping job constantly


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Amazon Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle Heights, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle Heights, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good learning for first two years, fast-paced environment

    Cons

    Hostile competition, very bad work-life balance


  5. Helpful (4)

    "The new Amazon is stodgy and bloated"

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

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

    Pros

    Large portfolio of products and services
    Employee benefits are decent
    Growth company

    Cons

    Stodgy
    More political and less meritocracy
    Aggressive individual competition that lacks a team emphasis across its portfolio

    Advice to Management

    Management is too out of touch with the realities of the workforce. Inspiration and innovation can come from any level, person, or role. Yet, the current culture leads to managing up, politicking, and stealing ideas for individual benefit. It always becomes up to the individual to invoke change, but that is reserved for those in the in-group and L7 and up.


  6. "Interesting and Challenging work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Never a shortage of interesting work
    As much ownership as you could ask for
    Working with top-tier talent across the organization
    Having a big impact b/c of the scale

    Cons

    Can be challenging to work across organizations
    Company is into so much that use cases / requirements have significant added complexity
    Difficult to maintain work-life balance


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Interviewing or got an offer? Think through what you truely want before joining"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Big name in the industry
    - Learning the peculiar Amazon way of execution

    Cons

    READ the New York Times article before joining, google: "Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace"

    - Likely to get to work on areas that are 1 inch wide and a mile deep - thinking about your impact on the product and ask yourself, is that the way you'd like to grow in your career?

    - Lots of mid-level managers that abuses the power to keep themselves afloat (unfortunately an issue not getting enough attention from the high-level managers and since the turn over rate is so high, there won't be a shortage of applicants, so your feedback are likely to get ignored as a new hire)

    - A grinding place: systematic overuse of new hires, it's team dependent, but your likelihood to get burn out is much higher than the other tire one tech companies

    - Definitely not a company culture that encourages interpersonal communications (to run the scale Amazon has, the company prioritizes process, guidelines, and documentation over human connections - ask yourself is that the way you like to work?)

    - Most people just think about themselves and how to climb up the career ladder, as the turn over rate is so high, no one really cares to have long-term thinking for your career or the product

    - The review system is corrupted: People learn how to game the system and sometimes even use it to bring down their peers or go up

     - You will get to work on products with lots of traffic, but many of which will have no visibility to end users (if you cares about this)

    - If you enjoy working with people that have a true appreciation of user experience and design, this is not the place for you, although you will learn a good deal of business execution

    Advice to Management

    Limit the power of mid-level managers, who abuses them for self-interest

  8. "Opportunity to have impact; a little loose on structure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Tons of smart people. You'll never be the smartest person in the room.
    Company is focused on the long-term, willing to invest strategically.
    Company is introspective and always trying to improve the employee experience. There were some changes made to the annual review process after the NYT article, which have mostly been positive.
    Growing fast, and in so many lines of business that there are lots of internal opportunities to move around if you want a change.

    Cons

    Still growing fast, which means growing pains, and frequent reorganizations and changes as old approaches stop scaling. Can be a very ambiguous environment. You must be adaptable and willing to change course frequently to avoid going crazy.

    Advice to Management

    Despite efforts to make the promotion process more fair and transparent, it is still pretty heavy-weight in many cases, particularly for the higher levels and for non-tech roles. People still feel it's sometimes easier to leave and come back at a higher level than to get promoted internally. Recommend increased focus on making these processes lighter weight.


  9. "Not good"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Stock options
    That’s all I got

    Cons

    Terrible management and work culture


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Learn fast, burn fast pace"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'd learn a lot and have the ability to own and lead early on. Great focus on the customer.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in senior leadership seeps through the culture where success is measured in attributes and traits that align with a certain segment of the population. Culture is fairly cut throat and exhausting; you rarely feel your peers are supportive. Pace of work can be challenging to sustain.

    Advice to Management

    Do a deep dive on the culture and growth processes. They are really broken.