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"A great place for talented self-starters"

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

I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Good pay (although not as good as other large tech companies). Fantastic stock growth. It's possible to work 40-45 hours a week and still have a good career there, although this varies a lot by team. It's also possible to advance very quickly if you are motivated and a self-starter.

Cons

Amazon won't give you anything in advancing your career. You have to be a self-starter and go get it yourself. The compensation structure works with a figure called "projected total comp." This means that if you get a decent grant one year, then the stock price goes way up, the next year you will get a tiny grant to keep your projected total comp at a particular level. It's not exactly unfair, but it feels like it if you think of a stock grant as a "bonus." It isn't. Think of stock as salary and you will feel better about compensation.

Advice to Management

Bump the comp or continue losing your top talent to Google and Facebook.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Great Learning Opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazon provided a great atmosphere to work. Really talented group of people to work with. A good place to intern and learn from some really smart people. Interns are treated as full time employees and given enough independence.

    Cons

    Too much work load sometimes.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Zero work/lif balance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Other companies love to hire people with Amazon experience as they know they are overworked but smart and know what they are doing.

    You'll never work with smarter people.

    Corporate is dog-friendly.

    Cons

    Zero Work/Life balance. Instead of hiring 1 person to do the job of 1 person, they hire 1 person to do the job of 3 people. It helps eliminates a potential for layoffs, but doing 3 full-time jobs is absurd.

    Internal promotions require tons of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your employees as potential hires - if you would hire them on at a level higher than they are currently, expect someone else to give them that promotion if you won't.

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