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"Fun environment, many opportunities"

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

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

Pros

The pay is good, and there's a great work environment there, with many chances to prove yourself. There is a constant push to advance your career, and you are given many opportunities to succeed.

Cons

There are not nearly as many perks as working at a place like Google. Above the base salary, the only other good perks is the stock units, which is pretty standard at any big company.

The atmosphere of frugality goes too far sometimes, as it can be hard for an SDE to even get a second monitor

Advice to Management

Loosen up some and give your trusted employees the same kinds of perks that other top-notch companies give if you want to be considered a top-notch company

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Fullfillment Center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Carlisle, PA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Carlisle, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly and people are asked to do things not ordered

    Cons

    Sometimes there are no consequences for employees actions or behavior

    Advice to Management

    Befirm with employees and if needed, let them go.


  2. Helpful (19)

    "Slave ship of infinite sadness"

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

    I have been working at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One thing you can count on is that your coworkers will be very intelligent people. The culture encourages being objective, courteous, and precise. This goes a long way in making the day-to-day challenges seem solvable. Where some companies are "too big to change," Amazon is constantly adapting to new knowledge and is improvising its strategies. Jeff is an awesome CEO. He truly propagates his influence through every aspect of the business and he has a sharp eye for quality.

    Cons

    Morale is dismal. Amazon does not integrate people - it consumes people. You will be worked to death, and mostly because the "development tools" need you more than you need them. From the outside, and while interviewing, you will hear a lot about how Amazon prides itself in intelligent design and has the highest standards for software engineering. Once you get on the inside though, everything is a hasty, hacky, brute-force solution, built on a long history of such solutions. The result is that there are tools out the wazoo - tools for everything, hundreds of them. The ultimate outcome is that you will spend about 80% of your Amazon career trying to find your dependencies, trying to find documentation, and then writing new tools to make your tools work. What Microsoft solved for by creating Visual Studio and the .NET framework, Amazon solves for by asking you to work until your eyes bleed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't leave it to your employees to report anything to you that they won't be rewarded for. Take the initiative of keeping your team communicating at a high level of trust. Design "yes" and "no" answers out of your team conversations. Unless questions are extremely precise, "yes" and "no" cater to assumptions, misunderstanding, and misguided politics. Where there is clarity, there will be morale, and morale will deliver the results that you really want.


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