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"One of the best places to work for as a Software Engineer"

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Amazon has a great international presence and as such employs a vast variety of people. As a result, one meets and interacts with people from myriad backgrounds and nationalities, one gets to travel and experience this multi-national flavour.

The company has a very rigorous attitude towards software development. There is a well-established discipline of testing and deployment. Amazonians are very particular about how every feature/upgrade effects the customer, whether internal or external.

As a hard core technology company, it uses state-of-the-art technologies and provides various opportunities in various aspects of software engineering. The company also provides internal training if one wishes to learn some new technology.

Cons

Many teams are split into multiple sub-teams based at different geographical locations, in fact in different countries. The difference in time-zone and the inability to conveniently meet face-to-face introduces delays and sometimes, miscommunication.

Since every team is mandated to support their software and almost all software is in the form of internal services, every team member has to perform on-call duties for addressing emergency bugs. This can be stressful as an emergency bug report can come in any time during the day or night. Also since most teams are small, the on-call rotation is quite frequent.

Advice to Management

Every team or a group of teams should have a program/project manager who communicates within the group and with other teams. Engineers are often too candid or too technical and aren't always ready to give up responsibility. A shared-PM would be able to iron out these difficulties in addition to co-ordinating discussions and interactions between teams in different time-zones.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Amazon CS-HYD: Amazing place now turned into a high pressure environment"

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    Former Employee - CSA in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - CSA in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly people, fun place to work.

    Cons

    Has been invaded by Indian Institute of Management (mafias, lol ) and now everyone is forced to work on projects or initiatives to even survive.

     No room for feedback, (even if you are asked, it's not heared or they just brush it aside) just do your thing( what is said) and go home - you have to be a superman to even keep up,

    People hired from IIM drones have hijacked the place and the HR team is in cahoots with them.

    Your NRR metric is an all time flop! Trust me this has left many people in Amazon to think serious about the management( Thank god!, I left the job)

    Policies are interpreted favorably towards management (sorry,'leadership') teams only, and the associates and leads are left holding the bag.

    the IIM mafias have a serious disconnect with the reality of their job -Senior managers management and are happy in their world of projects, numbers, spreadsheets and colourful graphs.

    It is now a race to show the world what you're up to without having to bother about results - just make sure your boss likes you and they'll balance the 'leadership principles' and tenets to cook stuff to make you look good.

    Expecting fairness in your review is a joke!

    Advice to Management

    Please stop hiring from the IIMs and major B-schools. They will do nothing good!

    Focus on employee satisfaction, fair treatment and equality.

    Focus on making your leads and managers feel empowered and please give your employees the right to decide how aggressive they want to be in their careers - its okay to want to focus on family and home and not work like you want a promotion every year - you're burning us out.


  2. "CS: Good benefits but lower salaries than other departments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. good benefits
    2. Flexible working hours
    3. good number of holidays

    Cons

    1. Very poor work life balance in CS
    2. No defined processes
    3. Lot of times have to deal with incompetency
    4. Working longer hours is considered the greatest thing ever
    5. Slow growth

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain your talent. Consistent poor processes is frustrating and makes employees compare and consider other options

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