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"Fantastic training ground for business management"

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

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

Pros

In a business management role, you'll have a high level of autonomy and potential to make significant financial impacts immediately. They will give you an extraordinary amount of responsibility right away because the company is growing faster than they can hire.

Cons

Very stressful having to answer questions from upper management all the time on your business' performance. Data reporting systems are rudimentary, so you'll have to learn how to pull your own data and process it, which can be very time consuming. Also, this isn't the place to go if you like to receive positive reinforcement regularly. They won't recognize your work unless you do something groundbreaking.

Advice to Management

Invest heavily in better data reporting infrastructure. Consider putting more emphasis on a culture of mentorship and positive reinforcement.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Scary and Non Family Oriented Environment for "Operations""

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

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

    Pros

    Constant expansion
    Stock value consistently rising
    4 day work week (Kind of; you are pulling 60 hour work weeks minimum)

    Cons

    Constant expansion does not mean greater potential for promotion. The company is spreading itself too thin and has lost sight of its operations and supply chain structure.

    Expectation of managers to work 55-60 hours during normal weeks, 70-80 during holiday season.

    Will work one day of the weekend
    Will have to work at least 12 hours per day
    Zero job perks, i.e. free food, gym membership, discounts etc.
    Zero positive feedback, stellar performance is expected. Satisfactory performance is not tolerated.

    Advice to Management

    Call Target and Walmart and and see what they are doing in terms of leadership development programs and culture. They have been doing it for a long time and if you keep on the path you are taking operations, you will eventually become an upset for your customers who are as well many of your managers who are no longer with you.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "AWS review"

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

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

    Pros

    - good pay
    - lots to do
    - empowered to make decisions and BIG ones
    - company is exploding and you can ride that wave
    - take on greater responsibilities
    - highly visible roles (to outside world)

    Cons

    - extremely political
    - cya mentality at the expense of the team - there is no i in team but everything is an i at aws
    - paranoia - mentality that everyone will screw them over
    - poor vendor relations - amzn squeezes every last drop of blood on every deal
    - they will pile on more and more and more and more until you are buried
    - most employees don't make it through year two
    - no life outside work
    - you must constantly be ready to defend yourself against someone throwing you under the bus
    - you will be put in a position where you may burn bridges due to negotiation of contracts
    - the promotion/title leveling up process is totally lame - similar to msft in that a fair amount is based on peer input and it only takes one negative person to essentially tank a promotion - also there is a fixed percentage of employees rated such that they'll advance, the rest remain in current slots or get managed out

    Advice to Management

    Come judgement day you may have built the biggest company but you didn't get there by doing the next right thing at every step along the way.

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