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"Fantastic (hard work, & fun) in Seattle; ruthlessly taxing in India"

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Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

+ Very smart people -- people aren't only smart intellectually; they are also fairly diverse, so you can actually start to live a normal "life" even if you hang out only with work friends.
+ Opportunities are easy to come by if you are: a) Able to prove that you can get stuff done, and b) Driven to find the opportunities. All you have to do is ask.

Cons

- Often, it is easy to lose sight of the personal life of people. Most managers are all of the same kind -- the personal side of the employee comes much later in the decision making process unless the employee puts it front & center.
- The "NPI"s will often derail the best carrots put in front of employees; a project that you were looking forward to this year will often be delayed by a year because of something else that is necessary for the company.

Advice to Management

-- Be more mindful of how the compensation plan is structured. Often, employees feel that they have to pay for contributing to the success 2 years ago by getting a small compensation in an existing year.
-- Expect all remote development centers to work just like the main "mothership" in Seattle.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Innovative and fun company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay very well with good benefits
    Allow for creativity. Anyone who has a good idea is told to go try it, if it works it's implemented throughout the company

    Cons

    Always changing environment. While this can be a good thing to avoid totally monotonous work, it's kind of demoralizing how things change as soon as you get good at it.
    Tough work-life balance, especially during peak time

    Advice to Management

    I worked as a lower level manager, but upper management was very up front with reviews and accessible. I didn't have any issues with the upper management team


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with extremely bright people"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon has a high hiring bar with competitive compensation and bonuses, and therefore bright people you can learn a lot from about new cutting edge and large scale technologies.

    Cons

    Benefits are at ok level, and you can expect to be doing multiple types of activities during your tenure there - beginning with requirements definition, and finishing with operations support and being on pager duty.

    Advice to Management

    I wish the technical side of the company was more structured into Operations support, development, QA.

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