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    "The place for entrepreneurial high tech employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment with lots of ability to innovate. Smart and dedicated people. Will root out low performers. Well rounded engineers. Organized like small businesses - not functionally organized i.e. engineering org, product org -etc.

    Cons

    For self directed people - not for those who can't figure out how to deal with ambiguous situations. Experience can run hot or cold based on the manager. Look for managers that have been with amazon at least 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop incenting good ICs to become managers. Keep a closer eye on new Orgs that import lots of external FTEs. Be cautious that the new annual review doesn't water down the need to live up to leadership principles.

    Amazon2018-05-23
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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Constant growth opportunities, challenging issues, high standard of quality, smart people

    Cons

    Relatively weak benefits, team placement can dictate experience

    Amazon2019-04-29
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    "You Get What You Put In"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Competitive salary and benefits with other major tech companies. 100% self motivating work environment. No dress code and 4 legged friends are welcome.

    Cons

    You have to be self motivated. NO ONE will hold your hand and tell you that you're doing a great job. If you need constant affirmations from management, this company isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    More on-boarding training before new employees are thrown in the fire. The first couple of weeks can be very confusing on where to find the information you need that pertains to your job.

    Amazon2016-01-11

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