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"Very growth oriented."

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Former Employee - IT/Facilities Technician in Nashua, NH
Former Employee - IT/Facilities Technician in Nashua, NH
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Stock compensation plans are generous. Managers push you to develop to your full potential and beyond and will support you. Very family like culture and if you make or exceed their minimum requirements when you first come on board, you do have a real opportunity for success. Amazon deeply appreciates anyone with solid leadership abilities. They aggressively seek to recruit military personnel and will take seriously any genuine recommendations for improvement even from their lowest level associates.

Cons

There can be a lot of hard work with little time to do it in. Work life balance can be very challenging. Amazon practices a lean culture but it is at times a little too lean to the point where resources are not available achieve goals. They also focus a lot of relocation so if you really want to go far in the company, don't expect to settle down in one geographical area for many years.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you are doing while still recognizing that at the end of the day family is what life is all about.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (10)

    "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Pros:
    + Like others have said, you are really encouraged to act as a business owner.
    + Work is fast paced and can be a grind, but there is never a dull moment.
    + Strong commitment to the Leadership Principles.
    + Commitment to the long term goals of the company vs. parity with retail competitors.
    + Employees are rewarded for their work and compensated appropriately.
    + Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Cons:
    - Can be a grind - long hours are the rule, not the exception. Work life balance is heavily weighted to work.
    - Management and management expectations varies greatly from business unit to business unit.
    - Typical red-flags within a company (like high turnover) are not investigated.
    - Culture is very male-centric. Women need to have thick skin and be willing to speak up and be heard.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Push yourself to the limits while dealing with stretched goals"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon promotes leadership skills to every job type and level. It sets clear guidelines as to what is expected out of one's job role to become a good leader. Amazon values its culture fit and put a lot of efforts in hiring people who resonates with these leadership principles. Goal setting is pretty aggressive and pushes people to their limit to achieve that goal.
    For a young software engineer Amazon has all that is needed to grow in the industry and excel in her career.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance couldn't be maintained all the time since Goals are aggressive. It is in the philosophy to have stretched Goals (and not easy goals) so everybody is under more or less stress. One has to handle this stress in order to survive in Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    Giving good compensation and focusing on employees' workplace satisfaction would help the employees cope up with this increased stress. Somehow Amazon's higher management does not seem to value its employees' well being. This reflects in poor workplace amenities in various offices in comparison to other big companies like Google or Facebook. Frugality is taken to its extreme in this sense. People leave the company when they cannot cope up with the stress though the work they get may be challenging and satisfying.

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