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"Good company, but easy to burn out"

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Challenging. Innovative. Iterates to perfection. Customer-centric.

Cons

Bureaucratic. Overburdens employees. Cheap, not frugal.

Advice to Management

Hire for the work needed rather than assign work to whomever is available.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Like a Phd in large scale systems"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    You'll work with smart people and learn a lot

    Cons

    Decent but not great compensation. On call can be painful

    Advice to Management

    The teams I've worked on where there's a separate on call group to handle the pages and only escalate to SDEs when necessary have been less stressful and just as effective. Use this model more. Also, getting promoted from SDE II is a hit and miss proposition (a lot depends on your manager); fix this, as you're losing good people because of it.


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    "Not a company to work for long term"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is probably on the high side compared to other hi-tech companies for the equivalent positions, though no where near compared to Google or Facebook.
    Company outlook looks good.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is probably the worst for SDE's in the hi-tech industry.
    Oncall experience can be really bad and you have to work at nights but yet the manager stills expects you to work next day during day time.
    Work is fast-paced and majority of projects are short-term thinking. They just want to lure the customers in and worry about the rest later.
    Health insurance benefits is on the bad side compared to other hi-tech companies.
    The signing stocks grant may be attractive but don't expect the same after 4 years. Basically you should look for jobs elsewhere after 4 years unless you perform on the top 10% compared against peers.
    I have unfortunately worked for some mean managers who clearly indicated that you have to work overtime on a regular basis to get work done, no matter how unreasonable the schedule is.
    The commute becomes bad now since they moved to SLU campus.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat your employees well and treat old and new employees equally well. The pay structure clearly favors the new-hires.

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