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"Great place for youngsters to start careers, but not many avenues for growth"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

- Good name on resume, and accelerated experience at all levels
- Decent salary packages, with sign-in bonuses and RSUs
- Somewhat decent exposure to upper level management compared to many other companies
- Fast pace of work
- High growth company with several positions open most of the time
- Good opportunity to gain some leadership experience at all levels
- Great customer-obsession driven environment, and people truly live by that value!

Cons

- Absolutely NO promotion potential or opportunities. Promoting from within is not in Amazon's DNA. Most senior leaders are brought in from outside who have been in that "title" position elsewhere irrespective of scope of their responsibilities.
- Poor HR and recruitment policies; HR never visible anywhere.
- Sub-par annual raises (common to receive < 1% raise for great performance)
- Below average benefits compared to other tech giants that Amazon "wants" to compare itself to during recruitment process
- Brutal, non-responsive, no feedback recruitment culture, often to the point of arrogance
- Even lateral movement within company is tough or nearly impossible
- Most offices organized like "call centers", with people butting up against each other at elbow distance
- Too much politics since everyone is trying to move up in the organization but can't. Information hoarding is common.
- Amazing how many people leave in their first year!! Employee retention doesn't seem to be on anyone's radar, but attracting new talent seems to be.
- Extremely slow decision making
- Too much churn

Advice to Management

- Start thinking of your employees as "customers" as well and obsess over their interests/frustrations. Unhappy employees rarely provide happy customer experience
- Get creative about employee incentives (i.e. if can't promote on levels, perhaps think about better titles)
- Encourage internal promotions with proactive recruitment/reach out to internal employees about career path discussions. Encourage managers to hire from within, even if someone lacks the 10 out 10 bullet points on qualifications. People want to be challenged and appreciated.
- Have senior leadership talk to employees 1:1 on a routine basis.
- Allow more location options (work from home, telecommute, etc.)

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to learn, contribute and grow."

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging problems from real world combined with Amazon scale makes most scalable solutions obsolete in few years.
    Pace of development is fast.
    Each employee is a leader and an owner. Its great to be among people who are constantly improving things because they want to and not because they are asked to.

    Cons

    Oncall support can be bad.
    Work life balance, growth, etc - A lot depends on your manager. I am lucky to have a good manager but not everyone is.

    Advice to Management

    Try to ensure the culture doesnt dilute as you hire more and more new people. Also the hiring bar seems to be going down. Its not as much fun to work with mediocre people.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great potential and awesome culture... everyone is bought in to the mission to provide for our customers

    Cons

    Micromanagement and management strictly by metrics

    Advice to Management

    Trust your managers

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