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Amazon Program Manager Reviews

Updated October 15, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2438 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 507 reviews)

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  1. "One of the best places I have worked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Motivated employees
    - Driven management
    - Minimal Red Tape and strong bias for action
    - Great quality gates and structure in place to ensure quality is not compromised for speed
    - Customer Obsession is very strong at every level
    - Feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment for the work you do
    - Management focuses on getting work done not on actual time spent at work
    - Management rewards high performers

    Cons

    - Very less ramp up time given to new employees. But if you want to make a difference as soon as possible this is the place to be
    - Need to work on setting time consciously for self-improvement and educating yourself

    Advice to Management

    - Improve the mentorship program at Amazon


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's a churn and burn world"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Day 1 attitude. Fast pace, risk taking, customer obsession, corporate spaces are cush and modern. Seattle is a fun town.

    Cons

    Not a lot of people love. Work hard to get rewarded but no perks that other companies this size have, ESPP, discounts on hardware and other items. Pace of work is constant and heavy. If you're not truly happy in your work the culture will bring you down.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the long picture, grow people, and don't always rate bias for action over truly good instincts and behavior.

  3. "Technical Program Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely high caliber teammates. Leadership principles are real and feel good to practice.

    Cons

    Work hours. Work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees know it's okay to sleep sometimes.


  4. "Great Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very exciting place to work. Lots of innovation, growth. Professionally engaging and great team environment.

    Cons

    None at this time for me.


  5. "Good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment
    Always new ideas/ projects

    Cons

    Relatively individualistic culture
    Flat structure, meaning few opportunities for promotion


  6. "I love it, not for everyone"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You really get to own things!
    Really fluid to move around internally
    Great focus on development/training/conferences
    Never boring/fast-pace
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    Heavy workload
    Fast-pace (if that doesn't work for you)
    Pressure of Responsibility
    Not all teams maintain the same high bar for performance

    Advice to Management

    Please obsess over staff like we do customers! It would be the right thing to give the same amount of sick days/public holidays no matter what state we live in!


  7. "Most fun, Andy the most stress"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always learning, innovating pay is great

    Cons

    Does t always have a clear direction

  8. "Best company in my entire career!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in West Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in West Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work ethics
    Strong leadership principles
    Great pay
    Data driven and not driven by percentions
    Can move to any team and any domain within Amazon
    International exposure, can move internally to any country anywhere Amazon has an office

    Cons

    Can be a bit hard to adjust in the begining and then becomes addictive and hard to leave :-)
    People are direct and on your face. I like it that way!


  9. "Ultimate Place to Work - If you are cut for it."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Rewarding
    Fast and Furious
    Lots of learning
    Job Satisfaction
    Stocks :)
    No Power-points

    Cons

    Not Cut for Everyone
    You must be thick skin to take criticism constructively
    No Hand holding
    Long On-boarding
    Lack of standardized process - Due to super fast delivery
    No Powerpoints

    Advice to Management

    Improve on-boarding process for new hires.
    Provide quick feedback on performances
    Manager need more training towards people management
    More personalized management then process oriented management for Human employees :).


  10. "Peculiar culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, long term driven, customer obsessed. Very smart people.

    Cons

    Your work/life balance depends on the team you are in. Some people will work from 9-5 and be able to work from home when needed. Other people will work crazy hours and will have to go to the office everyday no matter what.