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"A Diverse Company with Diverse Experience"

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

- Domain and technology diversity
- Autonomous internal organizations lead to experiences of working at different companies
- Accessible company-wide educational resources for self-learning
- Dog-friendly workplace

Cons

- Autonomous internal organizations could lead to very poor experience contradictory to overall company management goals (the leadership principles)
- Aggressive stack ranking comes with its own host of problems related to employee dissatisfaction, lack of team productivity, lack of trust among peers, etc.
- Not enough senior individual contributors in technical roles for proper mentorship; it leads to pushing advices that are counter to industry standards and are detrimental to career growth outside of Amazon
- Leadership principles can be over-indexed (like Delivering Results and Bias for Action) to the detriment of the product and customers.

Advice to Management

- Eliminate or at least change the stack ranking system so that people can comfortably collaborate effectively instead of sabotaging each other's work.
- Provide incentives to management, especially middle managers, to balance the leadership principles when it comes to performance evaluations, specifically principles that is focused on the long-term benefits to the product, customers, and the company.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "High Turn-over"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation excellent and benefits are great, sign on bonuses and most people in company are great.

    Cons

    Treat management like dirt, unprofessional, high turnover and burnout.


  2. "It's Crazy, but it's Fun"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon as a contractor

    Pros

    Driving for Amazon Flex can be fantastic. The money's good, you're not stuck in an office, and you get to explore (or at least watch the scenery fly by as you drive).

    Cons

    Routes can be very tough to complete on time, if traffic/other factors don't cooperate.

    Advice to Management

    Get your Kasota Avenue operation organized. Every time I've come in, something's been lost.

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