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"Great place to advance your career"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon full-time

Pros

Lots of possibilities to move around, lots of friendly and smart people to work with. Lots of great products and innovation going on. Innovation is encouraged.

Cons

The hiring process has brought in too many engineers that just know java. Not much uniqueness, just people who can code interview questions. Ltos of operations, handled by engineers oncall, which eats into coding time. Web developers are often seen as second class to "software engineers" even though it is a different type of job, different skill set. Its near impossible to move levels

Advice to Management

Create 20 levels, so its more rewarding and easier to achieve. The more people see people achieving levels, the more they are going to see the possibilities of doing this themselves.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Tough and very fast paced work."

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    Former Contractor - Logistics in North Indianapolis, IN
    Former Contractor - Logistics in North Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Clean Environment, Fair in Employee Dealings, Opportunity for advancement. Clean Lunch Rooms. Interesting in seeing vast number of products stored and processed.

    Cons

    Very hard work and difficult to keep up their required pace. And if you don't, you're out of there. Also, Night shift and be very challenging. It's a pain to go through Security for breaks, lunches and just reporting to work.

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on Safety of employees.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "I wish I had asked more questions about the FC experience."

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Because of Amazon's rapid growth, career opportunities are almost endless; for those individuals starting at an FC, it's usually only a matter of months before the invitations to move to Seattle start. The company's legendary customer obsession is truly part of its DNA - managers will not think twice to drive a single package 35 miles to a UPS sort center to make a shipping cutoff - the employees genuinely care. Amazon hires incredibly smart people, and you'll learn more in 6 months there than several years at other employers. The caliber of regional managers at the corporate level is very high - the overwhelming majority take an active interest in your development and want you to succeed.

    Cons

    Life at an FC is very different from the corporate Seattle experience - most FCs are only closed on Christmas Day, so almost every holiday (Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th, etc.) is typically a work day. Amazon's 24/7 schedule forces most managers to sleep by their cellphones; conference calls can occur at almost any time of day or night. Peak is a blur for FC employees - manager workdays span 16-18 hours a day and sometimes cross over the weekends - definitely an issue for families wanting a holiday with Mom or Dad. Amazon's culture is a little rougher than most large companies - "constructive tension" means that you need to feel comfortable going toe-to-toe with everyone from Area Managers to VPs if needed. While internal growth leads to promotion/transfer opportunities, it also creates a high level of open positions with work that needs to go somewhere. Relo benefits are lower than most companies - make sure you have a thorough understanding of the program and repayment period if you jump on board.

    Advice to Management

    Amazon puts the customer first in everything, but Amazon hasn't recognized the importance of employee continuity to make that happen - while the company has rock-solid processes and training, an unsettling number of managers are leaving at the 1-2 year mark. There is a wide discrepancy in programs and opportunities between Seattle and the FCs - while relo is an option, there has to be more support for those individuals unable to move due to family commitments or the high cost of the Seattle market. Senior managers should make every effort to get out in the field - it's where the customer "touch" is the closest, and it's disheartening that the only time we see some of you is on a recorded video feed.

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