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"Great tech company to work for"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Technical growth, Learning, Work Culture

Cons

Work life balance is bad

Advice to Management

Don't move so fast. Give time to people to do whatever they're doing well rather than throwing out half baked stuff.

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    "People are treated as a commodity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a few at Chattanooga who are right for their position. Some are in HR and some are managers. They take an interest in feedback and communicate well.

    Cons

    Hired in one department but trained in others. All departments, inbound, stow, pick, sort, pack are judged by rate. In pick for example associates are to pick 100 items per hour in a 10 hour shift, in a 3 story pick area larger than a football field, regardless of the ridiculous pick path that is given to associates.
    The density of a pick path can very dramatically. If you make your 1000 items per shift you are left alone but fall below the 1000 per shift and be ready for punishment. Averages over several weeks are used to rate employees performance but be ready for verbal and written warnings if you don't meet their arbitrary goals.
    Managers say things will average out but that is not based on the reality of an actual associate. If you exceed rate per hour for months and months and then management changes things which causes your rate to drop you are pounced on. All that matters is rate at the expense of associates.
    Amazon has lost a lot of good people just because of the harassment by management and the physically brutal expectations of walking for 10 to 15 miles, or standing for 10 hours as a packer.

    Advice to Management

    Develop software to save associates from the brutality of walking 10 to 20 miles per shift. Stepping into another's shoes is a simple concept. We all understand it. But, how often do managers proactively practice it? Management needs to take on the jobs of their employees for one day to see what it is like. Don't just work for an hour or so - do the 10 hours.
    Next time you implement a change see what can you do to understand the associates point of view? Don't underestimate the intelligence of your associates or the power of stepping in their shoes.


  2. "Challenging and rewarding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good pay, awesome location, one of the best internships around, a fun relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Long work days sometimes and a bit stressful working with some of the slower veterans of the company

    Advice to Management

    Firing people for being slow and not working well with others is a courtesy to other workers and benefits the company in the long run.


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