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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. "Innovative company, difficult for upward movement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "beware of role mismatch with the startups with in Amazon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Pay, Great leadership principles and there are several departments that are doing great. I wish they let people learn and grow as they boast about "hire and develop" the best talent

    Cons

    Narrow minded executive team. HR has absolutely no culture and can talk any crap. There is no scope for growth for the externally hired candidates. They don't respect experience. A 5 yr experienced Amazonian would be a manager and 25 yrs experiened new hire will report him irrespective of talent. THERE IS CULTURE

    Advice to Management

    Understand the roles and their responsiblities. If you got no clarity on what you need, please take advice from Jeff and don't make Amazon a worst place to work.


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