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"Better than your average sweat shop!"

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Good benefits. Very sharp people, cutting edge (with some blood flowing). Excellent hiring bonus. There are excellent "pockets" of staff -- but they tend to be the exception and not the rule.

Cons

Still suffers from high turnover with staff. Lack of significant experience in management result in a lot of pro-forma decisions and little empathy. There is a general feeling that employees are temporary (and will voluntarily or involuntarily move on) once they slip out of the top 40% of performers. Most recruits are straight from University and as a result, tend to be accepting of abuse that is common in grad schools.

Advice to Management

Rethink your IT people growth -- Amazon profit margin is dropping towards negative fast. Shareholders may push for cuts -- and IT personnel costs is a big target. If you do any IT layoffs, this may result in the best moving on quickly elsewhere....

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Amazon sucks"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Pays is decent, not the best but decent

    Cons

    Managers are a bunch egotistic power hungry bullies who pre on lower staff. They are a bunch of malfunctioning idots who needs to realize that the regular worker is just as much of the companie's success as they are.

    Advice to Management

    Hire regular people, not morons to lead the staff!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great if you love constant competition"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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