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"Everything I hoped for and feared"

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

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

Pros

The culture is remarkable here - this is a company that truly abides by its leadership principles. Two in particular stand out. Customer obsession: If you believe that building great products and businesses starts by understanding the customer and committing to solve their goals, you will fit in well. Ownership: If you do your best work when you feel like a business owner and want to have the freedom to dive in, you will fit in well. If you don't match up with either of these statements, you won't succeed.

Cons

Is the workload a lot? Sure - solving big problems with customer focus takes focus and determination. Expectations are high. Amazon hires the best and then expects the best from its hires. In my experience, the workload is consistent with other top tech companies that want to win.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (9)

    "A grueling place to work..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you become a "blue badge" the benefits are pretty decent. You get excellent medical/dental/vision for an affordable cost, and you receive RSUs (Restricted stock units) which vest after 2.5+ years. You also become entitled to a monthly performance bonus (based on how the building as a whole performed) and if you work for AmazonFresh, you will receive extra money from a tips pool.

    Cons

    The working environment is pretty harsh. All direct functions (picking, packing, shipping, etc.) have production rates which are closely monitored by a computer system. If you don't make rate, the computer will automatically write you up (3 write ups and you're gone). Most managers on site are inexperienced and micromanage employees. Picking is the most common function, and your average picker speed-walks distances between 10 to 20 miles per shift. So the job is extremely physically demanding. The base pay is OK considering the industry, but for the amount of work you do you'll quickly feel like you're not being payed what you're worth. Also, don't expect to be promoted, as you'll be always competing with every other employee, and Amazon does not promote based on tenure-ship.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Put less emphasis on individual rates and more emphasis on team performance. Don't implement changes to any processes with out either first testing the change, or getting feedback from the tier-I associates who have to work with the processes for 10+ hours a day.


  2. "amazon web service review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work in. Lots of smart people. Good work life balance. Decent pay. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Oncall stuff is quite burdensome. Sometimes needs to work on the weekend. No free food.

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