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"Slave ship of infinite sadness"

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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (10)

    "Horrible place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    big name on resume, you will learn to see the things end to end

    Cons

    Salary is less compared to other leaders in industry, absolutely no work life balance, no training, no personal development, no good leaders in upper management. The management can take time to complete its deliverables but SDEs do not get extension on deadlines. Too much politics in the organization. Amazon.com Shipping/Transportation dept is the worst department ever for SDEs. The SDMs look like kids from kindergarten with absolutely no people management skills.

    Advice to Management

    I am sure amazon.com Stock is a big bubble which will burst very soon. Company has 30-40% growth in revenue but the profit is negative


  2. "SDE Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool place, lots of smart people around. Good pay.

    Cons

    Company doesnt offer any perks.

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