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Amazon Director Reviews

Updated 18 Aug 2019

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65 Ratings
  1. "Amazon web service business development"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Drive for innovation work hard

    Cons

    Requires long hours and limited support

    Advice to Management

    Watch burnout and extend guarantee contract

    Amazon2019-06-07
  2. "Ok place"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director 

    I worked at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance if you find right team

    Cons

    Management heavy. Something things can get out of hand.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus on career growth of your employees

    Amazon2019-06-12
  3. Helpful (1)

    "This is now Day 2"

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Currently ahead of the game and ahead of many of its competitors. Wall street loves it, which makes it easier when it comes to taking risks.

    Cons

    The company has a philosophy of treating its people as dispensable, and like stuff that rolls downhill, this goes across the board from the top all the way to the bottom. Amazon has in the past few years been making attempts to address some of its PR problems, however, the attempts are not sincere. This is not a company that realizes that its true worth comes from the people that work for them. This is a company... that is obsessed about itself and its so called Leadership principles, however the company today is a faint image of its former self, given that most of the class A talent, those who joined the company when it was truly a Day One company, have left the company and moved on to better pastures. Many of the leaders that are left behind are Tier B or Tier C, especially VPs and Directors who have remained VPs and Directors 10-12 years since joining Amazon. Much of the success of the company is attributed to Jeff Bezos, however the fact remains that his wife, Mackenzie, has been very key and instrumental to making Amazon what it became, being that she paid close attention to the daily workings of the company and many of the Customer facing ideas came from her (many can and will attest to her involvement of the day to day). The current situation rips open the mystique of JeffB and lays bare the fact that he is no super human, and he owes his success to the efforts of many of those who worked for him, toiling many late hours, and didn't get to enjoy the benefits commensurate to their efforts.

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    Advice to Management

    Grow in your humility and integrity or face tough days ahead. Let go of the VPs who have not demonstrated value.

    Amazon2019-03-26
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Most amazing collection of people and mission imaginable."

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

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues, massive intellectual freedom, resources to do big things, rigor

    Cons

    sometimes a little too "vocally self critical"

    Advice to Management

    just keep going, but maybe start to open up to outsiders' views of the world,

    Amazon2019-01-28
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work hard, work hard, work hard. May be make history.

    Cons

    Little regards to people and their well being.

    Advice to Management

    Success at all cost may not be a long term thinking!

    Amazon2018-12-11
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for mobility

    Cons

    Very toxic culture. People spend way too much time trying to find fault in other people's work. People try to find fault and then go to managers directly to complain. Many people 2-4 layers below Bezos simply don't care and it shows. Bad behavior and bullying is supported and encouraged. It's called being Amazonian. Ego is big and is a very big issue as well. Also, collaboration is very rare and plagiarism is... rampant. Very miserable place.

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    Advice to Management

    Do what's right for the company and don't just try to pass the time till more stocks vest.

    Amazon2018-11-08
  7. "Director"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is good ... as stock keeps growing

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible

    Amazon2018-09-30
  8. "Director, Software Development"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You'll learn how to operate at massive scale You will be pushed by others to improve your writing and communication skills You'll learn how to use data to drive your decision making You'll become a better professional and a better person because you'll get direct feedback from your supervisors, peers, and executives You'll learn how to develop and hire the best people in the world

    Cons

    You'll work hard sometimes, but it's not brutal You'll get direct feedback sometimes - you may get your feelings hurt

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring excellent people

    Amazon2018-08-29
  9. Helpful (4)

    "The place for entrepreneurial high tech employees"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment with lots of ability to innovate. Smart and dedicated people. Will root out low performers. Well rounded engineers. Organized like small businesses - not functionally organized i.e. engineering org, product org -etc.

    Cons

    For self directed people - not for those who can't figure out how to deal with ambiguous situations. Experience can run hot or cold based on the manager. Look for managers that have been with amazon at least 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop incenting good ICs to become managers. Keep a closer eye on new Orgs that import lots of external FTEs. Be cautious that the new annual review doesn't water down the need to live up to leadership principles.

    Amazon2018-05-23
  10. "Engineering Manager"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ship things customers want.

    Cons

    Lots to ship and only so much time.

    Amazon2018-06-16
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