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"Exciting place for self-motivated people"

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Former Intern - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Intern - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Amazon as an intern

Pros

Ability to carve out your own project scope, surrounded by highly motivated and very intelligent colleagues, flat structure and open access to senior management, entrepreneurship is encouraged within the firm

Cons

High pressure environment may not suit everyone, up-or-out mentality does not encourage cooperation, frugal culture means that benefits are not as lavish as other competing tech firms

Advice to Management

Keep listening to employee feedback and reduce employee turnover to build a more supportive work environment

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (4)

    "The unending barrage of work and stress are poorly mitigated by one retention method - monetary compensation."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at large scale, service oriented architecture, operational effectiveness, resume experience.

    Cons

    Dev ops percentage higher than actual development, high pressure, poor work-life balance, unfairly biased towards single employees without families.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency both internally and externally, particularly with the open-source community. Amazon highly leverages open-source but rarely contributes anything back. The stack ranking system of performance reviews leads to unfair competitive practices, internally within the company. This needs to be overhauled. Stop throwing money at people to keep them in jobs they don't like. That satisfies short-term needs but does not work towards the long-term with regard to employee retention. Too much focus on business growth in terms of market share but less on product features that add customer value and contribute to customer retention. Far too little time and energy spent on developing employees, which is one of the supposed core leadership principles. Other leadership principles such as ownership are often a demonstration that some teams and individuals don't do their job, resulting in someone else "owning" it and being rewarded while there is little to no accountability for the lack of ownership that lead to someone else taking it on.


  2. "Stressful but exciting"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting, always on the go, motivated team

    Cons

    Ever changing of the staff and personnel, pressure filled

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