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"Good experience in general"

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  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Smart people, cool problems, bottom-up decision-making

If you are young and aggressive, this is a place you can make real difference. Just make sure you get into a good team with a good manager.

Cons

Most Devs have to spend a significant amount of time in operation and supportive work, which can be a big distraction sometimes.

The operation mentality gets in the way of innovation too. Some managers are so afraid of making mistakes or causing customer complains, that they'd rather take mediocre baby steps rather than addressing the root causes. The company has a slogan: Amazon does not believe in Big Bang, which is totally understandable, but this is sometimes used as excuses for taking short cuts, making safe bets, and rewarding mediocre.

If Amazon pays so much attention to operation, you'd imagine that they would put much focus on QA, but ironically, QAs virtually do not exist at Amazon. The end result is that many Devs spend so much time fighting with the legacy system rather than building the new ones. I simply cannot understand the rationality of hiring top-notch Devs to push buttons, handling customer requests, and trivial bug fixes with over 6-digit salaries. Sure, any SDE job would come with a list of not-so-interesting tasks, but I haven't felt so mundane at my previous jobs, so I don't know.

Finally, the immigration service at Amazon is horrible. That only costs you a few thousand dollars, which is a tiny fraction of a SDE salary and your operation cost. Why don't you fix it so your International employees can spend less time worry about their GC and spend more time working for you?

Advice to Management

Hire more middle level managers, and try to reward the good ones.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (1)

    "great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDEI in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - SDEI in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly smart people and good management depending on team

    Cons

    on call will take a chunk out of work/life balance


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Keep away, they'll squeeze you until the last drop."

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

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

    Pros

    The company pays good salaries and, for the lucky ones, they offer a decent environment to work. Amazon is a huge channel and will make your work reach incredible visibility around the world, but don't fool yourself, you won get any extra bonus because your uncountable extra hours of hard work

    Cons

    During the hiring process, how about asking to your interviewer about company turnover ratio? The HR works hard to hire good engineers, but the internal culture of Zero training makes everybody to burnout in the first months.
    The managers have unreal expectations of all employees. They won't think twice before making a bad review of you because you didn't reached the ridiculous bar they set to you.

    Advice to Management

    Get real, employees need training and time to digest the culture. You're losing talents to Google and other companies because you're too frugal to buy a pair of glasses to see what is happening. How about using your own principles against yourself?

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