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"Great place to work if you're motivated and independent."

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Cape Town (South Africa)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Cape Town (South Africa)
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Pros

Amazon keeps its head down, ignores market sentiment and innovates quietly and continuously. They build large, complex software systems that solve interesting, real-world problems. All decisions are driven by the customer experience, often at the short-term expense of the company, since they have a mature, long-term attitude to return on investment. Employees are encouraged to be owners and there is little micromanagement -- if you're driven and competent, you have a lot of creative freedom and autonomy. They take complaints and concerns, even from new employees, seriously. You can, and are encouraged to, politely challenge any decision by your peers or superiors.

Cons

Amazon plays its cards close to its chest and it's frustrating not being able to talk about exciting products and other interesting stuff that goes on inside the company, particularly when recruiting. Frugality breeds creative, cost-effective solutions but can sometimes be taken too far. Development centres outside of the US can be treated as second-class and are sometimes overlooked when it comes to resources.

Advice to Management

Treat non-US employees with the same respect as US employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Good start but lock in the good employees before they give up"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager
    Current Employee - Area Manager
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Starting Pay Company helps you to learn the system and supports you but you must make the first move. Communication is sometimes lacking with the reasons things are done. They attempt to motivate the employees but forgot that at times a "presence" and "good job" in person goes a long way. They are good at encouraging employees during peak periods but should also do this throught the year.

    Cons

    Very slow to promote to Amazon from the temp agency would rather wait and see how long you will tough it out. Let employees of the temp agency know if and when you are going to hire to Amazon. the information given by the temp agency is misleading at best.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who are proving that they want to be there and work hard to prove it


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great customer experience but give some of it to employees too"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects - lots of great projects that are really pioneering
    smart people - it hires loads of smart people. its a great experience to hang around
    good package
    great benefits
    management really focussed on customers and its a great feeling to be s sincere to customers
    strong mentoring - there is a strong mentoring focus and each new employee can optionally team with an experienced guy to learn new things

    Cons

    hectic work
    have to support applications even in the middle of night - can be really annoying
    micro management
    most managers are not very clear about the feedback to the team members .

    Advice to Management

    focus on emplyees too ! and dont micro manage !!


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