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"Look elsewhere for a job."

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Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Fernley, NV
Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Fernley, NV
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Pay...tolerable. Benefits...just acceptable. Good place to work to see what's out on the market...product wise.

Cons

Extremely unsafe working environment...they address safety hazards by creating them. Management has an abusive attitude to labor...they use threat and duress as motivation. Mandatory OT...no excuse for it. Favoritism and discrimination guide advancement.

Advice to Management

Wake up! Were not in the 19th century anymore. Labor is not your adversary unless you treat them as such.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Growing pains of a company becoming huge."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good comradely among the engineers. Very customer focused. You can pretty much kill any bad idea with "customers will hate it" argument.

    Agile program management means you'll keep up with what your team members are doing on a daily basis.

    Nearly everything is client/service architecture. Which if your team does it well, allows your to do whatever is best for your solution to your problem area without having huge migration issues with your clients.

    Generally managers are too busy to have those useless weekly meetings. (If you have daily ones why have a regular weekly one? You can always schedule a topic meeting to go over design issues etc.)

    Good and getting better support for bicycling to work. (bike cages, showers, lockers, and towels)

    Discount on buying stuff on their website.

    Cons

    On call. Nearly every engineering team has an on call rotation, so count the number of members and divide the number of days in a year by that number and that's the number of days you'll be on "house arrest" Because a page must be answered within 20 minutes any time day or night when you are on call.

    There seem to be more frameworks than teams. Everyone wants one and they tend to get imposed on your project in order to interface to some other needed service. Then the company drops support for it and you'll have to migrate your service.

    Difficult to do volunteer coding, ie help with your favorite freeware system, as you need approval from legal. It's not impossible but it's not straightforward either.

    Annual reviews tend to emphasis the negative vs the positive, that is you have peer feedback but your manager can pick and choose among the comments to either promote you or squash you. Very little opportunity to complain about it via HR.

    Advice to Management

    Need to train junior managers. Company tends to promote engineers grade 3 into first line management but then doesn't train them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon"

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    Current Employee - Trainer in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Trainer in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    attendance policy, and the values of the company even though they are not followed.

    Cons

    pay, communication, opportunity to move up without a degree, rates for uph

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