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"Horrible place to work - stay away if you like yourself."

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  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Customer-centric. People are generally impressed when you tell them you work at Amazon.

Cons

"Ownership" is a double-edged sword. When you "own" something and things go well there is no praise. God help you if you "own" something and things go wrong - errors are never forgiven. Often you are blamed for things that you do not "own" as well.

Terrible middle management (Directors/Senio managers) for the most part. VPs and SVPs seem better - atleast the ones I've interacted with seem humble.

Many Amazonians who've been there for 2+ years know how to game the system. Do minimum work while "pushing back".

Terrible for new-comers to the company, there is no help getting ramped up in a culture that is so selfish and individualistic.

Your manager "owns" your review - so if you want to "do well" make sure your manager has a good opinion of you, doesnt matter what work you actually do - just ensure your manager thinks you are working hard - and you will stay happy at Amazon for many years.

Advice to Management

Make the review process more data driven and holistic not opinion based! Think of your employees because once they become ex-employees after the churn-burn process they will hate Amazon! And your employees are your customers too :)

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (7)

    "It's ok but not great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced
    exciting opportunities to work on
    always something to do, never have to be bored
    smart people to work with

    Cons

    no work life balance
    very hard to get recognition as everyone is trying to outsmart each other
    crappy legacy systems
    sdes spend so much time interviewing, dealing with other third party companies instead of doing real sde work
    immature development practices here and there


  2. Helpful (2)

    "OK but needs improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Forks, ND
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Forks, ND
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work with all the development opportunities and moving up with your career

    benefits and time off are amazing

    Cons

    The cons are the raises and how they are distributed, not exactly fair to everybody

    There is always that feeling that you never know who's on there way out next.

    Feeling under appreciated

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