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Amazon Senior Manager Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Impactful work, opportunities for career growth"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Visible impact to the work that you do, plenty of opportunities to learn and take on stretch assignments

    Cons

    Need to place limits on your time and set expectations accordingly to avoid burning out

    Advice to Management

    Better support for employees in need of child/elder care


  2. Helpful (754)

    "Exciting Work, Abusive Culture"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 8 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 I go back for more punishment."

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, talented colleagues, recruiters want you--but it is a sweatshop"

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

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

    Pros

    Very talented and intelligent colleagues.
    Strong company culture encourages open, data driven dialogue.
    When done right, decisions focus on putting customers first.

    Cons

    Developmental opportunities are few and far between--you gotta hit the ground running.
    Yes, I have seen people cry in their cornflakes. We have "quiet rooms" for that now.
    Managers don't lead, but they do drive for delivery. Candidate supply far exceeds demand--don't expect compassion.

    Advice to Management

    The market is happy with the results. I don't foresee any major changes to how well/ not so well managers treat their employees.

    Coming from Amazon is very good. Employees understand this and are rational actors as well. Career opportunities--and work life balance--are very strong outside of the company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture at hyperspeed"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, NH
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You either love the company and culture, or hate it. It is great to be at a company that has leadership principals it hires by and lives every day.

    Cons

    It can burn you out. Work/life balance is non-existent. It is hard to find time to keep up on anything other then what you do every day for work. Since the work is so challenging and pushes you to your limits, this is not a bad thing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the bar high; it is getting lower. Politics is creeping into the culture at a high rate. Give people an opportunity to have time to do things other than their 'day job'.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Fast paced, exciting, and rewarding!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Work on hard problems at massive scale, with real opportunities and need to innovate
    * Lots of autonomy
    * Take on as much responsibility as you are ready for, and accelerate your career growth
    * working with passionate and top notch talent is fun and exciting
    * deliver real products and services to a massive customer base, and do so with speed and agility

    Cons

    * Need to know when to ask for help since given so much autonomy and responsibility
    * Not many perks other than the stock price
    * Benefits are getting better, but still a little behind other top tech firms

    Advice to Management

    * Make it more obvious to staff just how much time you invest in growing your staff.


  6. "Or you fit or you don't."

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

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

    Pros

    Visa sponsorship, a lot of room for innovation. Worldwide scope when managing products. Good for getting critical experience. Big company and good networking. Fast paced environment keeps it dynamic.

    Cons

    Hard environment. Everything is urgent. Maternity policies are pretty bad. Team work is not necessarily valued. Not a very fair performance evaluation process.


  7. "Great company for those compatible with Leadership Principles!"

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

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

    Pros

    - Conducive to learning; challenges you to grow in your career; autonomy / flexibility; career opportunities between groups = very flexible; good pay

    Cons

    - Honestly, this company fits me well. At most I'd say if the Leadership Principles don't really resonate with you - then it isn't for you.

  8. "Great place if you are skilled at not bringing work home with you"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, really smart people

    Cons

    The struggle for work/life balance is real, many shifting priorities


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work!"

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    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

    Fast paced but fun place to work at.

    Cons

    Perhaps look at expanding beyond Seattle


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Depends on where you work within Amazon"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the overall culture of AMZN and the opportunity to work with so many talented and intelligent people. The location also can't be beat...simply put, Seattle is awesome!

    Cons

    Everything depends on the manager and department you work in at Amazon. Unfortunately, there's no way to accurately vet that before joining. While the culture is strong throughout the company, it isn't strong enough to avoid the scenarios of poor ego focused managers. While that's not unique to AMZN, it can be magnified with the type A personalities that are attracted and recruited to AMZN.

    Advice to Management

    The culture is significantly better than what it was a few years ago and I believe that is a direct result of a focus from management. So many talented people have left in the past because of a poor work environment, but it has changed....so, stay the course!