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Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Decent yet Chaotic"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I work on a great team, and the process for Career advancement is cut and clear.

    Cons

    - Lots of teams that are only loosely aware of each other need to interact. This creates a lot of bottlenecking on other teams


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

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

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, high energy company to work with engineering problems of massive scale

    Cons

    It's a grind, most people come here to learn and burn out after so many years, hardly any projects that don't have tight, almost unreachable goals.

  3. "Satisfied"

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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    Salary is high. Intern project is very clear. You can learn a lot of modern java skill at this company

    Cons

    Because this is a big company, there are a lot of meeting if you are a full time engineer. However, the work-life balance is good

    Advice to Management

    everyday standup meeting is a little bit annoying. The rest part is good


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Clone universe"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Direct control over code, builds, deployments. Access to AWS tools for team use. Great facility, on-campus dining.

    Cons

    Non-industry-standard tools. Proprietary solutions for nearly everything. Experienced developers can't leverage their years of experience in tools, libraries, etc. Pressure to work extended hours. Way, way, too many meetings.
     Poor personnel review practices. Hostile developer culture.

    Advice to Management

    Train your dev managers in HR practices before you let them manage teams. Eliminate managers who engage in stack ranking. Work on your corporate culture. Encourage devs **NOT** to work more than 8 hours/day.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fast-paced, never boring"

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

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

    Pros

    You're surrounded by smart, hard-working people. You'll never stay stuck on anything for long because you're either making progress or priorities are shifting.

    Cons

    Sometimes you'll feel pressure to work on nights/weekends. Sometimes that pressure comes in the form of a page at 2am.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "AWS"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture in AWS is nothing like the NY time article

    Cons

    Could use a real coffee machine


  7. "Enjoying my time"

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

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

    Pros

    -Great pay
    -Opportunities to grow and diversify are plentiful
    -I've experienced a great work/life balance
    -$tock

    Cons

    -401k match could be better
    -Easy to be lost in the sea of people here
    -Preferential treatment given to developers and technical program managers over other job families

  8. Helpful (5)

    "You can do a lot better than Amazon"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Increase your core engineering competencies. Some smart people as well as many average people. There is worse if you a desperate for a job.

    Cons

    Most people leave within a year - a brutal workplace, people are generally unhappy. Oncall (unpaid overtime) and a lot of the work is operational - not particularly interesting projects. Very difficult to make suggestions or improvements. You are expected to do a small tasks handed down by managers and no excuses for delays for any reason. Creative thinking is not welcomed at Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    Other companies are much more effective in the way they operate, they make better use of their employees and generally a much less hostile place to work. Why Amazon ever thought this was a good way to structure a company is beyond me.


  9. "Not what they say they are (but then who is ?)"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Experience, some of the people are smart.

    Cons

    Lots of under experienced, over opinionated people.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink how you can attract and retain people that can give you an edge.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Siloed side project"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and nice housing
    Seattle is pretty awesome
    Autonomy and flexible hours

    Cons

    On my first day as an intern, my manager scratched his head and had to come up with my summer long intern project on the spot. Needless to say, it really sucked. Boring, low impact, and tedious.


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