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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Learned a lot to work a lot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, latest equipment, good start out pay, great people to work with

    Cons

    Family referrals for employment( husband manager, wife in a different management position as well). Managers and.leads are not coordinated, no chance of advancement Empty promises, customer obsession should be declared as psychological analysis of frustrated individuals. Metric system is totally inaccurate . Long working hours, enforced shift bids, hardly any vacation time can be taken....

    Advice to Management

    Keep on outsourcing and see the results in a few years.Cant have people in India, South Africa and the Philippines taking care of re occurring problems just because you want to go cheap


  2. "Ideal for those who like it intense and fast-paced"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Things move quickly
    Lots of opportunities to have a big impact and grow
    Opportunities to build your own tools/roll your own
    Challenges of large scale of data and systems

    Cons

    Nothing significant (your mileage may vary)

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