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  1. "Perfect company if you're the right fit"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Incredible influence over team and company direction. Smart, technical management has a keen ear to bright ideas with the right justification. Senior and Principal engineers are expected to code.

    Cons

    Cross cutting changes can be very difficult. Freedom to choose your own path and sooooo many opportunities can lead to too many plates spinning if you don't watch out.

  2. Helpful (1781)

    "You Get What You Put In"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Competitive salary and benefits with other major tech companies. 100% self motivating work environment. No dress code and 4 legged friends are welcome.

    Cons

    You have to be self motivated. NO ONE will hold your hand and tell you that you're doing a great job. If you need constant affirmations from management, this company isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    More on-boarding training before new employees are thrown in the fire. The first couple of weeks can be very confusing on where to find the information you need that pertains to your job.

  3. Helpful (715)

    "An Amazing Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been at Amazon for a month now, and I've seen none of the horror stories being communicated to the public, although Amazon is a large enough company that I'm sure there are good pockets and bad pockets. Everyone here is really smart, and wants to succeed both personally, and as a company. People collaborate and help each other, focus on data, and truly focus on the customer. Every company I've ever worked for talks...

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    Cons

    No cons, so far - seriously. Like I said, I'm sure Amazon has some bad pockets in it here and there, but this is an amazing job, an amazing opportunity, and the biggest thing I have to complain about is that it's a little chilly in our building. I can live with that. Does Amazon demand high quality, measurable results? Yes! Is it hard work? Yes! Is it rewarding? Yes! So I'm not calling that a 'con'. Work/life balance...

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  4. Helpful (1535)

    "Exciting Work, Abusive Culture"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Jeff Bezos and his "S-Team" are brilliant and continue to make great decisions for long-term growth. You work with smart people, you work on exciting projects, you are pushed to your limits...which can be rewarding when you accomplish great things. The diversity of the potential work and innovation can be very alluring. I've often called Amazon my "Sexy Mistress...she's emotionally abusive, but she's so sexy that...

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    Cons

    The management process is abusive, and I'm currently a manager. I've seen too much "behind the wall" and hate how our individual performers can be treated. You are forced to ride people and stack rank employees...I've been forced to give good employees bad overall ratings because of politics and stack ranking.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend that the recent NY Times article was all about "isolated incidents". The culture IS abusive and it WILL backfire once stock value starts to drop. I'm an 8 year veteran and I no longer recommend former peers to interview with Amazon.

  5. Helpful (1303)

    "Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Amazon is doing lot's of cool stuff...but lots of boring stuff too. There are really well run teams...and very badly run teams. The experience for software managers and engineers is all over the board, from really run low operational load teams to teams where people burn out after a year. - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. You can generally expect that anyone who's been here for more than 2...

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    Cons

    - You're responsible for your own career progression and finding the places and teams that are doing the stuff you want to do. No one is going to take you by the hand and help you with that. - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. The strong survive and the weak perish (metaphorically speaking) and the 'bar' is constantly increasing. The level of performance that would have been acceptable five years...

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    Advice to Management

    Stack ranking is a horrible practice since it's rife with favoritism. It's also not Amazonian in that it's not data based (arbitrarily designating a certain percentage of employees that must be put on performance management isn't a data driven criterion) and it's not frugal (effectively forcing an individual out of the company in one division who would make the grade in another is either retaining someone who doesn't...

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  6. Helpful (444)

    "We are now in a world where we are condescended to by our inferiors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    This company gets A list performance from C list employees. The culture is quick and hard charging. You are always working in relevant and meaningful projects.

    Cons

    Maybe because the company recruits C listers who have neither merit (intelligence, strategic vision) nor pedigree (academic or professional accomplishments), most of those who become successful do so in treacherous, low cunning ways. Imagine the Lannisters in Game of Thrones attacking the Starks in Game of Thrones; or Rawls and Burrell attacking McNulty and Daniels in The Wire; or Barrow and O'Brien attacking Mr Bates...

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    Advice to Management

    Bezos you bought the Washington Post and hired Jay Carney to be your PR head. There is nothing I can write here that you would deign listen to, because you are a hack. You must be mad that Expedia beat you to the punch and hired Chelsea Clinton to serve on their board of directors. For those grasping Weasels that have squirmed and back stabbed your way to success, you know who you are. You won't care what is written...

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  7. Helpful (274)

    "Warehouse associate, full time for over two years"

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    Former Employee - Tier I Warehouse Associate in Carlisle, PA
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    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great starting pay and the ability to get raises very quickly. Full training in all areas are offered and if your willing to work hard and sweat everyday for 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, then this is the job for you. The 4 day weeks go by quick, it can be exhausting so proper rest and a healthy lifestyle will help you stay strong within this company. Beat benefits as well once you are a hired on as a full time employee.

    Cons

    After 3 years of working with the company you "cap out" at $15.75, meaning you can no longer make any more money than that as a tier 1 associate. Your expected to want to move up in the company and that is the only way to make a better hourly wage, by advancing into management and operations management positions if there are any openings.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Very High Standards"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The innovation and the ability to work with highly talented and bright individuals with varying background. Amazon is not a company made up of like-minded individuals and the diversity of professionals’ occupations, experiences, cultures and backgrounds makes for a dynamic and fascinating workforce.

    Cons

    The company’s iniatives and focus changes rapidly and constantly, which makes gaining traction difficult. In addition, the organization is less favorable to women, particularly the AMZL, LMT and AGL organizations.

    Advice to Management

    AMZL, LMT and AGL should reassess several of its Directors and clean house by ridding the organizations of the Directors that are abusive to employees and creating great churn in the organizations. Amazon is losing a lot of talented and valuable employees because of bad management abilities of several Directors.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Here you can do anything and everything"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    -Very good pay, stock options - Once you’re in you can move around to all the different orgs inside amazon, if you wanna do Alexa do Alexa, if you want to do prime air do prime air, this company has something for everyone

    Cons

    Benefits are not the most amazing, nothing that jumps out and makes you say oh wow that nice Potential to work yourself to the bone, there is always more work to be done at amazon, slow down and know your limits and take vacations and you’ll be fine

    Advice to Management

    Encourage out of the office activities, get people out and moving around out side of their cubicles,

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Lots of talented coworkers and a strong focus on growing talent and providing mentors and mentorship opportunities. - Great projects to work on across a company so big there's pretty much a project for anything you're interested in. - Teams actually have fun and enjoy working together - Excellent place to learn a lot and grow as an engineer or in any role

    Cons

    - Backloaded stock vesting schedule - Few holidays are given off automatically such as President's Day and Memorial Day

    Advice to Management

    - Make stock vesting schedule more balanced (25% per year) - Acknowledge more national holidays such as President's Day and Memorial Day - More workplace perks in the office, snacks are good but more catered events, parties would be fun - Bring back the summer picnic and holiday party

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