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"Great if you love constant competition"

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Former Employee - Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

the ability to impact your business quickly and in an action oriented way
smart talented people; some of the smartest I've ever worked with
good benefits

Cons

constant competition breeds need for everyone to want to be 'right' in the room and be the first person with the answer
stack ranking of employees during review time weeding out good or great employees because not everyone can have a great review statistically
lack of expectation for management to actually do a good job managing. Working out issues is the employees problem
24 x7 workload

Advice to Management

stop stack ranking your employees and breeding an environment of constant competition. Eventually you will crush your innovation

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A place to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a great entry place for engineers. A mix of some ability and some drive will get an entrant into the full engineering exposure at a fast pace. Most of the direct software managers have engineering backgrounds mostly as experienced engineers at the company they don't just know about the technology but will have insight into relative teams too.

    Cons

    Management ability is completely random. Many do not have the training or ability to manage. The rise by force of will culture leads to a culture of it's everyone's responsibility who has a certain level of competence to do everything. Organization makes no sense in that way.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Amazingly Intelligent People but No Work Life Balance"

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

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

    Pros

    * Learn from the best
    * Plenty of opportunity to move around - (If you last long enough)
    * Decent to Good Compensation - (but maybe not so much if you divide by the number of hours you work.)
    * Compensation is good related to cost of living in Seattle

    Cons

    * No work life balance. Working long hours, 12 plus a day, is common and a badge of honor.
    * Working holidays and weekends is common - especially Thanksgiving and Christmas - but ofcourse this is a commerce company.
    * Turnover rate is pretty high. Average employee lasts 1.5 years
    * Lots of burnt-out employees.
    * "It is what it is" is a common phrase heard around the company when asking employees if they like the long hours.
    * Very competitive work culture. Lots of nice people but most don't have much time to give guidance.
    * Bad documentation and little training make it difficult to get up to speed. Be prepared to have lots of work and responsibility thrown at you from day one.
    * Culture of frugality means little investment in employee training and perks.
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    Advice to Management

    * Invest in training and mentorship as there are many good, smart employees willing to work the long hours if given guidance and support
    * Try and achieve work life balance as happy employees tend to be more productive and dedicated.

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