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"Digital growing pains"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

working to create new digital experiences and new platforms is cool, get to work with some smart people, brand recognition of amazon is great, stock price is doing well.

Cons

HR/Performance management systems are stuck in the 90's and don't encourage growth or risk taking. Middle management is under trained and in experienced - folks getting promoted based on politics and connections not on skills. Lack of people investment, people are worked hard and get burnt out.

The digital org - kindle + others - has grown incredibly quickly leading to some of these cons. Not sure how these issues exist in retail, aws or other orgs but lots of people are leaving digital for those orgs.

Advice to Management

Communicate vision better, talk more to ground level employees, clean up mgmt orgs - take care of your people

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (18)

    "Some good opportunities but will mostly just use you"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people working there so you can network and meet people that might help you with your career. If you get a position where you enjoy the actual work, you will get to do it All the time so if you love what you do, there is no shortage of work. It is rarely dull. There is good opportunity to work on your portfolio/experience etc.

    Cons

    There is very little work life balance here. Prepare to have to work all the time. Unless you have a really good manager, you are going to feel like just a number where there is very little care for you and your time. I experienced extremely negative and detrimental treatment while working here. In fact, if I didn't have obvious good work in my portfolio, my experience with Amazon could of ruined my career entirely. They brought me in for my skills, had me teach them to others, and then simply treated me like something disposable that could be thrown out like trash when they didn't want to pay me anymore. Alot of the managers aren't on the cutting edge of technology like they try to say and live in a little conservative bubble. Outside the box thinking is going extinct there. Most people working there are extremely angry all the time and burnt out. They think throwing more developers at a problem will fix it, but some things aren't fixed by more code.

    Advice to Management

    Make the environment positive to work in and end the culture of fear.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Onsite Medical Representative in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Onsite Medical Representative in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are top notch for the area.

    Cons

    Upper management has little interest in promoting qualified associates.

    Advice to Management

    Become more transparent, let the people know what is really going on. Reward them for the good they do!

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