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"Pure misery - much worse being an associate at a law firm"

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Former Employee - Corporate Counsel in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Corporate Counsel in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Very competitive salary for Seattle market

Cons

- Workload and work/life balance (was even worse than being at a big law firm)
- Inadequate training
- Uninteresting work (get ready to spend your days writing disclaimers)
- Few perks
- Unsupportive environment with virtually no secretarial or paralegal support
- Cramped, noisy and dark offices
- Endless goal setting and review processes that keep you from doing your work
- Dishonest personnel misrepresented the nature of the job and the benefit/compensation packages I would be given during the interview process
- Only 2 weeks paid vacation per year during first 2 years of employment
- Dogs all over the office - if you don't like hearing/seeing/smelling other people's dogs all day, you'll be miserable

Advice to Management

If they have any interest in retaining talent, they should try to improve training and support, improve work/life balance, streamline the endless cycle of goal-setting and reviews and generally encourage an environment of teamwork and mutual support. Backbiting and dishonesty pervades throughout the legal department, beginning during interview process and lasting past when I gave notice. It surely is costly to have a revolving door of a legal department, but virtually everybody I know there left, or intends to leave, at the first opportunity.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Amazon bad job"

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    Former Employee - Outbound Pack in Cayce, SC
    Former Employee - Outbound Pack in Cayce, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Can not think of one reason to like this company

    Cons

    Jeff Bezos should pack in one of his "Fulfillment Centers" for about a month undercover to see just how bad the company is. Company does not care about employee retention. Turnover is at 55 %. Does that sound good to you?

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your people as people NOT machines, If you want machines BUILD THEM.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company of Smart People"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great attitude towards customers at all levels and all job functions resulting directly to very happy customers.
    Very smart colleagues
    Fun atmosphere
    Excellent tools
    People do try to do the right thing

    Cons

    Having very smart colleagues means it is harder to stand out
    While pay and stock grants are pretty good, other benefits are basic. Company maintains a culture of disciplined spending/frugality. I don't really think this is too much of a problem although other people seeking the "Google" perks will probably be disappointed.

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