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Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 607 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot in this place" (in 555 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is tough sometimes" (in 2599 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 536 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Product Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Interesting projects.
    2. Smart people.
    3. Good pay.
    4. Fantastic learning and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    1. WLB.
    2. You have to be able to deal with intensity/pressure persistently.

    Advice to Management

    Org can be flatter.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting work but very tiring work culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge of innovation projects

    Cons

    Salary increase tied to stock performance. Very difficult, near impossible to get top rating. Priorities always change so at the end of the day your evaluation is tied to your latest success or failure

  3. "Product Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon is filled with smart, humble people who live out the company's leadership principles,. It is a culture of innovation who puts the customer first. Working for a world-class brand is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Commitment to innovation and "micro-architectures" in the organization can lead to fragmentation or duplicated/competitive efforts. That said, the speed at which decisions can be made and ideas implemented is more important.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Product manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smartest people I’ve ever worked with. The ability to always have a way to push forward. Infinite number of opportunities.

    Cons

    Not a con, just hard work. But hard rewarding work. I don’t think after having been here for 2 years I could work anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the base salary cap and lack of base increase. When the 4 years of stock vesting are up you either get promoted (which gets exponentially harder if you’re a 6), or you leave.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fast paced environment
    - Tough problems to solve
    -Great peers

    Cons

    - Now full of politics, hire and fire culture
    - Poor work life balance
    - Not much training given to employees

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoy the crazy ride at Amazon.com"

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

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

    Pros

    Get to learn more and do more in a shorter time than I've ever been
    Quality compensation
    Flexible work from home opportunties

    Cons

    High pressure environment
    Political middle management

    Advice to Management

    Be more aggressive in removing low quality management, they are running high quality talent away.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "I love working here! Have your ideas heard and launched, if you take initiative"

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

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

    Pros

    Anyone can have a good idea here that gets launched. I've worked for tech companies of a similar size to Amazon in the past, and I was relieved that the culture here, and the way success is defined, are merit-based as opposed to time-based. As a young person working here, I felt like the sky was the limit so long as I put the work in I could gain approval and resourcing to launch even my biggest ideas. This is a great place for curious people, and operates more like a collection of incubators than a corporation.

    Cons

    Success at Amazon is Manager dependent. This may sound like a "duh" statement, but here your Manager can make or break a promotion. Even if you've done the work to get it, actually getting the promotion approved is highly dependent on how your Managers presents your work and advocates for you. Also, how independently you can operate is based on your Manager as well.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work and learn"

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

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

    Pros

    Strongly culture-driven company
    Tons of opportunities to learn and grow
    Really smart, talented and driven co-workers
    Stock is sky rocketing, and for good reasons

    Cons

    Work can get stressful at times


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Growth by going through the gauntlet."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work in AWS, and this is a place where you can grow tremendously, contingent you put in the work that is demanded of you. You will learn a LOT:

    1) Customer engagement (obsession).
    2) Gathering pertinent requirements.
    3) Translating requirements into actionable milestones for engineering.
    4) Collaborating with engineering to ship a product/service or feature.
    5) Constantly measure and analyze your product/service for business success.
    6) Dive deeply into customer feedback about areas of improvement.
    7) Write thorough documents defining roadmap, business logic, and financial viability for product/service.
    8) Take product from concept to launch, operationalize, and localize your service for international deployment and new market entry.
    9) Cross-collaborate with marketing, finance, account management, business development, engineering, PR, and legal on a regular basis.
    9) Run your own product/service as if you were the CEO who owns the business.

    If you work super hard, you end up realizing every moment you spend is an investment in your own skills and capabilities, even if it is occasionally overwhelming and brutal to be a PM on a high-exposure product/service.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be grilled or queried by management at any time about any report or product status - technical or business. These questions, while arguably fair, are often designed to instill a sense of insecurity on the employee to ensure that you are on your toes. So you better you know your job inside and out. The major downside to this is actually the disruption to your daily workflow, since you have to halt everything and respond to leadership emails. Over time, this becomes inefficient and a serious impediment when you have to deal with urgent customer matters as well.

    Long work hours - not very good pay compared to market. Mediocre benefits.

    Many managers don't have a concept of boundaries and will ping you on the weekend.

    Everything is considered urgent - you will inevitably fail to meet some deadlines, so there's additional overhead in managing deliverable expectations.

    Management will ask you why you're product/service isn't growing fast enough, even if it's growing at a very strong pace.

    If you and a colleague disagree over a process/decision, you invoke a tie-breaker who is higher in the hierarchy. And then that's it. Just commit even if you disagree.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are human beings, too.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome People, Great entrepreneurial environment"

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

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

    Pros

    You build your career here - the opportunities are endless
    No pigeon holing in a role, in fact you are encouraged to learn
    Decisions are data based and move quickly

    Cons

    Not a good environment for someone that wants structure, be directed what to do
    Compensation is tied to stock (this has been a great thing, however, could change)

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your teams, understand their skills and leverage them. Provide guidance when stuck.