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Amazon Program Manager Reviews

Updated May 16, 2018
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  • Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse (in 2255 reviews)

  • No work life - personal life balance (in 466 reviews)

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  1. "Sr Program Mgr"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by motivated and intelligent people

    Cons

    Really varies team to team


  2. "Program Manager II"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company, excellent place for demonstrating ownership and Innovation. lot of learning opportunities and internal portability. Always around smartest people

    Cons

    Still have a start up culture and could get into politics

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Deliver and Get Fired"

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

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1/ Pay is competitive
    2/ Looks good on a resume
    3/ You can move around internally after 1 year
    4/ Lots of smart people work at Amazon
    5/ Dogs are allowed
    6/ Good for engineers out-of-school

    Cons

    1/ No work life balance
    2/ Hostile environment rewards bullies
    3/ Limited development or advancement options for older employees
    4/ Managers have no checks and balances
    5/ You can get terminated for "made up" reasons (at-will employment), likely before your RSUs vest
    6/ HR supports managers, not employees

    Advice to Management

    People are not disposable.


  4. "Amazon Review by Employee"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constant learning and growth. Being challenged to learn more and thus grow. Being independent yet accountable for your actions and projects. Freedom to take on new challenges and co-workers' willingness to share information.

    Cons

    A lot of information to learn at a fast pace.

    Advice to Management

    Provide courses to new employees who do not have experience in using some softwares that are used a lot on a daily basis, for example: excel courses.


  5. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, great people, cool problems and a fair amount of autonomy and independence to make decisions.

    Cons

    Base salary is low due to "total compensation" policy. Really hard to get promoted, even when you are told you are performing "above the bar."

    Advice to Management

    More transparency in compensation and promotion discussions.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The most exciting place to work for"

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    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

    1. Fast pace - both in terms of decision making and execution. The company does realize the concept of reversibility for certain decisions
    2. Clearly defined and operational guiding principles - Amazon's leadership principles provide clear guidance on how we make decisions everyday. There are discussions and brainstorming but one knows what is valuable e.g. customer obsession
    3. Exciting work - the type of work is super exciting. You can directly see a global impact of the work you're doing which is incredibly motivating

    Cons

    At times figuring out when to stop is the hardest thing. There's so much one can do about the work one is doing but it's upto a person to decide when to call it off a day and take some time out for personal life. Balancing work-life is the art that is difficult for those who haven't figured out.

    Advice to Management

    None. I think management is actively listening and adapting to the changes.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid SCOT (Supply Chain Optimization Technologies) Team"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a huge tech company that is revolutionizing different businesses and pretty much redefining those. E.g. shopping (Amazon Go), delivery (Amazon Flex), Cloud Computing (AWS) etc.

    Cons

    This is only based on experience in SCOT (Supply Chain Optimization Technologies) organization.
    -> Extremely hierarchical organization with too many reporting layers.
    -> Managers are almost untouchable and your personal development and career is extremely limited (if not screwed up) when having a bad or inexperienced manager. Only option is trying to change org or leave Amazon entirely.
    -> Unclear performance review and evaluation.
    -> Too many uncompleted (not fully automated) projects resulting in lots of maintenance work and frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better and more experienced people managers.
    Make sure leaders and project/program managers have technical know-how and not just a background in business. Lack of technical depth and understanding results in poorly automated solutions.

  8. "Fast-moving and innovative."

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

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

    Pros

    1. Fast-paced work environment
    2. Lots of super smart people around you
    3. Speed of innovation is top-of-class
    4. Pay is decent and stock makes up a good portion of total compensation

    Cons

    1. Can be highly political
    2. Lower level jobs can be monotonous and unrewarding
    3. The company grew so quickly that the hiring bar was lowered a bit

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Principal TPM"

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    Current Employee - Principal Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, fast paced environment, wide breadth of products

    Cons

    Super high expectations, different interpretations to the TPM role

    Advice to Management

    TPMs should be given more powers


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Ok if nothing in your personal life goes wrong. Bad for working mothers"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Program 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

    Stock, lots of career opportunities, interesting projects. If you want to create and build your career Amazon welcomes you. Best for young singles or if one parent stays home.

    Cons

    Very low humanity. Hundreds of narcissistic managers, very much like the Hunger Games. Will push you out if you’re sick or have family crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Not worth my breath