AWS Elemental - Wonderful place to work | Glassdoor
  1. "Wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great location, great technology. Amazing culture that encourages community involvement and diversity. Awesome perks like snacks, soda, public transit, training, and beta testing opportunities. One of the best perks is the Culture Karma Club that encourages you get to know your colleagues better over food, drinks, or other fun activities.

    Cons

    Still a little disorganized at times, especially when it comes to operational documentation. The acquisition has led to the adoption of many AWS tools that weren't ready for primetime and the migrations aren't always well thought out. Many of the perks are slowly being stripped away.

    Advice to Management

    Keep perks like FriLu, Culture Karma Club, Volunteering Time Off, commissary, etc.

    AWS Elemental2019-03-12

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  1. "Great place to work and to have fun"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AWS Elemental for more than a year

    Pros

    I give high praise to my former coworkers and managers there. The original Elemental Technologies startup developed excellent products and services, found a good match in being acquired by AWS, and continuously improves its offerings as well as the way those offerings are developed and tested. Good benefits, free snacks, great downtown Portland location, and other nice perks, including a wonderful Friday Lunch guest speaker...

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    Cons

    Hard to think of any negatives. The previous location at SW Broadway and Oak might have been a more fun area to work in, closer to the Pearl Dustrict and the food carts. But the new building at SW Broadway and Jefferson (the old Oregonian building) is much less cramped and closer to PSU, so it was a wash for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Friday Lunch series going! It was a great way to socialize with my coworkers and to learn something new about the community around us, of which we were just a small but active part.

    AWS Elemental2018-09-14
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Elemental used to be a great place. AWS Elemental is... Amazon."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Video compression is an interesting and challenging topic. You got to work with the biggest customer names in the industry. It's an opportunity to work with some of the smartest engineers in town (and beyond). The workspace is nice with many collaborative spaces.

    Cons

    Now that all Elemental cofounders and many former execs and old timers are gone, this company has become just one cog in the big Amazon machine. Senior management lacks experience and is ostentatious against engineers who have been with Elemental for many years. Guess what? Elemental was acquired because of the expertise in video we could bring to AWS. The new management team tends to forget it. Work-life balance is...

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    Advice to Management

    Change the current AWS Elemental management team. It's complicated to be a General Manager when you have no empathy with your employees and no leadership skills. It's complicated to be a VP Engineering when you have no technical vision and just change your mind following what your boss or your boss's boss tells you. It feels like those guys are more interested in climbing up the Amazon ladder than doing what's good for...

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    AWS Elemental2019-04-19

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