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Amazon Project Manager Reviews

Updated Oct 18, 2019

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Ehh..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people in the org are generally smart The pay is decent. Blah, blah, blah.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities and lack of coaching/feedback (I'm identified as very high potential and yet I have no coaching even after asking for it --- seems weird) Lack of vision and constantly changing vision from org's senior management. Lots of management churn in org (on 5th manager within 2 years). Don't feel intellectually challenged by work.

    Amazon2016-06-03
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager experience"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Blank, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management team is very supportive, brilliant as well as peers. Great challenges and projects. You have the opportunity of working with people and teams around the world. Agile approach.

    Cons

    Positive experience depends on the team you work for. Low to none salary increments annually. Frugality principle could sometimes be negative.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees motivated from an economic standpoint. Improve salary increments policy.

    Amazon2016-04-27
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Manager at Amazon"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, it could be fun place to work. I like it most of the time.

    Cons

    I had many managers. Some of them are very hard to work for, especially the one that don't know what they are doing. Some of military folks forget that they are no longer in the military and they need to treat people with some respect.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the process improvements to meet your goal, not on who to fire to prove that you are a good manager

    Amazon2016-01-05
  4. "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Unlimited growth potential. You can do as much as you want. If you want an 8 to 5 job boring and slow this is not your place

    Cons

    Always changing so some people can't keep up and quit. Seen good people leaving cause they can't follow the culture

    Advice to Management

    Keep rocking

    Amazon2015-11-24
  5. "No complaints"

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    Project Manager in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work and make a carrer

    Cons

    There are to many poor mae

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to helping managers.

    Amazon2015-11-22
  6. Helpful (7)

    "It is what you make of it."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity is what you make of it, stretch assignments, global work. Job Security as it is a large company that rarely terminates in some Orgs.

    Cons

    Work/life balance, it is up to you to control it, as well as your own development, you have to do it all.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees have lives and want to do the best they can for the company, running lean produces sub-par results.

    Amazon2015-04-14
  7. Helpful (3)

    "A different corporate culture"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon for less than a year

    Pros

    I worked at Microsoft and other companies but Amazon gave me a different feeling. On one hand the FT permanent employees will tell you that the company is a 'start up' which I found entertaining considering the number of years that Amazon has been around and the amount of money that this company generates on an hourly basis. Another interesting item is the 'frugal' concept. In spite of the company building a new... campus and renting large portions of buildings in downtown Seattle, all is done within a sparing view of the world. Amazon tends to be efficient and less bureaucratic, more agile in getting things done and open to new ideas even though you better have data to support you case and one or more managers on your side to get new ideas taking off. As a vendor there was no option to get extended or even try to go FT permanent.

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    Cons

    I was there for less than a year. Many folks seemed overworked but very proud of their accomplishments. Tools and platforms tends to stay in place for a long time not being scalable for a company that has grown into one of the largest online retailers in the world.

    Advice to Management

    Transform the US-centric perspective into a greater global vision.

    Amazon2014-03-17
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Busy.. but exciting work"

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

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

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot about Amazon, its scale. Culture is great. hectic but exciting nontheless. I love the empowerment and just do it attitude. Little bureaucracy that I have to deal with and certainly a lot less process and other non value added work

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of time is given to ramp up.. you've just got to pickup and move. Average retention is concerning

    Amazon2014-02-22
  9. Helpful (44)

    "A Great Place to Work if You Want Someone to Demean Your Work"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for someone fresh out of school with no work experience and no realization of what a real work environment is supposed to be like. Great minds are at Amazon. Meet them before they burn out and leave. Build your professional network. They have relatively good benefits. This is a great place to work if you’re one of those people that enjoy pushing your work off on others (also called “delegation”)... and then claiming their success as your own. You will be recognized as a “leader” and be promoted despite your experience or lack of skills.

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    Cons

    Horrible place to work if you’re already established in your career, have a family, or enjoy unplugging from work long enough to enjoy your evenings, weekends, holidays or vacations. Amazon is not a family friendly company, despite what they say to the contrary. You’re penalized for working from home even if there is a legitimate reason even if you’re more productive there than at the office. Amazon also holds... onto the delusion that they are a start-up going after the big players in the market. They’re not. They are a mature “big player” company pretending to be start-up. All of the tools and data are home-grown; that translates into lots of bugs, inconsistent data, lack of a clear owner or desire by owners to maintain or fix their software/data, and catalog data that is lacking on details or consistency. This last point is important. If you’re the kind of person that loves making up data to suit your hypothesis, this is the place for you. If, however, you’re bugged by the inconsistencies you see from the same data sets but with different interpretations, you will be plagued with indecision and lack of confidence on a daily basis. Be prepared during your tenure to have your self-confidence and self-esteem battered on a daily basis. The position you’re applying for now will not be the same one you’ll be performing on a daily basis. You will be doing menial tasks daily, predominantly data entry, data validation, report generation and ticket resolution (and that’s if you’re a business owner like a vendor manager or product manager). In any given week, you’ll have about 8 hours total that you’ll be able to devote to your actual job, though you can easily do 40 hours a week if you work evenings and weekends. Amazon’s strategy for attracting the best and the brightest is to hire in the cream of the crop from colleges around the country, suck the creative juices and ideas out of their employees, then toss them aside with no clear path to career succession while they go ply the universities for other unsuspecting candidates. Their restricted stock plan is designed in such a way that you get trivially small amounts of stock in your first two years before it balloons for another two years. They do this because most people that go to Amazon leave or get fired between the first and second year. Competition is fierce at Amazon. Not just between Amazon and the outside world, or between the various Amazon teams, but within your own team. You will be forced to compete in terms of your effectiveness or production rate with your co-workers and you will be publically called out for not achieving arbitrary goals. The definition of “productive” is also a very arbitrary term at Amazon. You can have someone that does the bare minimum, who gets others to fix the problems they cause and who claim credit for work others did get called an “effective leader” and get promoted. You also get folks that work hard, long hours, usually 10 or 12 hours a day, late into the night, on weekends and holidays, who don’t take vacation, who then get fired within their first year because they weren’t “productive” enough. Amazon is highly fractured internally, with each group given a set of goals to achieve that are not aligned at the corporate level. The result is that you have groups duplicating the work of others, building solutions that solve their immediate need but create more work or disrupt business processes for others, and management groups often make poor business decisions because the mid-tier managers tend to only talk about the wins, not about the blockers or issues. Amazon, as a whole, is highly dis-functional whose mandate of becoming the largest online seller of “stuff” in the world has certainly made them successful externally, but has created a huge list of issues and process misses internally. Unless major amounts of resources are devoted to resolving the business processes and data integrity issues within the next few years, Amazon will see an increase in employee satisfaction, and higher costs of doing business (due to hiring in people to maintain antiquated data schemas and coding band-aid solutions rather than scraping the entire system for something much more scalable and less prone to bug defects). If you do get hired, you will have a significant ramp-up period on the order of six to nine months. Nothing is well documented at Amazon, despite their assertion that the Wiki has the information you need (which was true when they created the page two years ago but doesn’t reflect the actual state of affairs today), so you will have to train yourself on how to use the tools or from your co-workers if you’re lucky enough they can pull themselves away from their data processing long enough to help you.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to your managers and talk directly to the employees. A lot is going on that they're not telling you about.

    Amazon2013-05-23
  10. "Whats not to like about having fun and making history!!"

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    Technical Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon

    Pros

    * The environment constantly pushes you to learn something new * Always a new problem to solve - Not boring at all. * Making a difference to customers - Satisfying

    Cons

    * Work life balance needs to be watched out. Its tempting to forget it all and work all the time. But its up to individuals to balance.

    Advice to Management

    Great going!

    Amazon2012-05-19
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