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"love amazon"

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

very efficient company
good relocation service
quick reply from recruiter

Cons

so far, there is nothing bad about Amazon

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (11)

    "Avoid it at all cost if you are not a workaholic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You will be able to learn a lot here. There are many interesting problems to be solved and you can be owner of the project pretty quickly.
    - Seattle. While it gets really cloudy from September to April, it has really nice summer weather. Also, it does not snow much.
    - Flexible hours. You can come to office pretty late and leave late if you have to.
    - 401k, medical insurance.
    - Free coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. You can have as many as you want.
    - You can bring your dog to the office. You will be able to meet a lot of dogs here.
    - Decent base salary with stocks. Amazon gives you decent amount of salary.

    Cons

    - On-call rotation. You will have to carry a pager and be in an alert 24 hours because one of software that you manage can go down, and system needs a way to tell you about it. It is not fun for anyone to wake up 3am or 6am in the morning once in a week to solve the problem. This brings a lot of time to be spent on operation rather than developing your skill sets.
    - Bad work/life balance. Tight dead lines. On Thursday, some problem gets escalated and you need to solve it by next Monday, before your manager's meeting, which means you have to spend your weekend. This happens very frequently depending on your team.
    - Not so much room for salary increase. Amount of increase of your salary will probably the lowest in the industry unless you get promoted. If you are exceptional but did not get promoted, you will likely get about inflation rate (or lower) increase in salary. You will soon be able to find out that people who joined a year or two later than you getting higher salary with less skills.
    - Frugality. You don't get free food or perks. You will have to work everything on your single monitor and they will not accept your request to have multiple monitors.
    - This is just a minor thing but 780 square feet office with 11 developers and 2 managers isn't a good place to focus on your work. You will be able to hear a dog barking every other 10 minutes in the office next to you.

    Advice to Management

    Amazon is infamous for high turn over rate, and obviously, there is reason for that. The management needs to realize the cost of developers leaving the company, and treat employees well to prevent it. Otherwise, developers will leave and future developers will need to catch up and clean past works, while keeping tight deadline for new projects.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Started off great, turned into very disappointing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I appreciate some of the benefits but employee costs needs to be lower to compete with other companies.

    Cons

    Time off needs to be updated - vacation time and only having a total of 6 holidays per year is not competitive. Ability to be promoted is talked about in the interview process but in the end if you come in as a mgr or sr. manager the opportunities are few and far between at the next level. You are expected to relocate laterally across the country for a same levle job/lateral move - no additional money and hoped you will be promoted but then does not happen. If you can get promoted you are expected to do the job for a long time (12 - 18+ months) before promo and increased occurs. Increases to base pay will be very small. Many employees are not friendly and throw others under the bus in order to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on opp's for middle mgmt - create more opp's, change promo process, focus on retention - if not it will catch up very soon.

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