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"Hype, Smoke and Mirrors. No Substance and no longevity."

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Former Employee - Development Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Development Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

It looks fantastic on a resume, I think.

Cons

Amazon charges you to work there in forms of food, drinks and so on. It's a very expensive place to work, staying on campus and eating "healthy" will run you roughly $18-20 a day, or $100/week. That means before taxes you should expect to spend $5200/year on simply being at work. After taxes that's almost a single paycheck. Paychecks are only drafted on the first of the month, meaning if something happens and it drains your account, you may be looking at up to 30 days before you see another dollar.

Management doesn't care about you, you're replaceable and they make that very clear to you right on day one. Don't like it? Well, we have a relocation and bonus hanging over your head to live in one of the most expensive cities in America. We can -- and will fire you and then you'll owe us 10-15 thousand dollars; or we'll sue you.

It's abysmal, not worth working here. If you want to live in Seattle. Work at Boeing or Microsoft.

I came up with my indentured servitude payments and quit. It cost me $14,500 to realize that Amazon was a horrible place. Don't make the same mistake as me.

Advice to Management

Quit. All of you, quit.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Definitely right up there"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great ownership and technical challenges.

    Cons

    Lack of proper project planning at times.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of proper project planning at times.


  2. "Innovative company, difficult for upward movement"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Innovative
    Free reign
    Working for the winning team

    Cons

    Extremely frugal, lack of resources, extremely lean
    Impossible to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Some leaders are very poor choices. Do not have backbone.

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