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"Exciting workplace for top talent"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA
Current Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Amazon is one of the few companies in the United States where a software development engineer can create products (e.g., EC2, S3, EBS) that customers are rapidly adopting all over the world. And you can be sure that the engineers you'll be working with will be very talented and productive too.

Cons

No major cons at Amazon.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganized, micro-managing, and no respect for staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the most fun and brightest people I've ever worked with work at Amazon
    Good location in downtown Seattle, as opposed to a suburban campus
    Fairly good pay (make sure you negotiate for it)

    Cons

    Management in AWS is disorganized, lacks cohesion with its plans and does not communicate to staff effectively. Managers have a tendency to micromanage and treat staff as mere dogs bodies rather than to act as people managers, lead their teams, and let their staff do their jobs.

    No perks.

    Extremely long hours for many, particularly some SDEs, but also infrastructure people.

    Advice to Management

    Share your plans with your staff
    Listen to your staff
    Get rid of all the micro managers, promote managers who are capable people leaders rather than former engineers
    Recognize you are no longer a small nimble start up and need adjust the structure appropriately
    Accept that ideas and best practice can come from outside Amazon, the not-invented-here attitude has to go
    Hire more staff so your staff can work more reasonable hours


  2. Helpful (4)

    "review of my experience at Amazon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vendor Management in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Vendor Management in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company growth with a lot of smart and driven individuals

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance
    Minimal mentoring and coaching
    unethical employee practices

    Advice to Management

    put a greater focus on people's careers. Me along with several of my peers and people reporting to me are extremely frustrated of the constant changes of managers and roles. In my first two years I had 6 managers

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