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"Good experience"

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Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Rapid growth and development, always launching new products
A big range of products and services, from retail to audio/video to web services
Good pay and benefits
Cool web services and other internal tools you can use
Flat structure in the company and a lot of freedom for the engineers. Most teams are small enough that you don't feel like part of a giant company
Many social and career-related intern events
A lot of good engineers and interns for you to talk geek and network with

Cons

The pay and benefits are not as good as other tech giants like google and facebook
The company is moving so fast that some products are a little crude and don't have the best quality
My team was really understaffed and we were launching a big product so everyone was really burned out. The fact that full time SDEs have to be on-call sucks

Advice to Management

Don't be so frugal! Create a more vibrant and innovative culture. Drive for good quality work not just quantity

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (11)

    "1993 called, it wants its coke-covered pager back"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You get that name on your resume and startups with "scale"-goggles will fall all over you. That will be your actual chance to make a difference in spite of the empty cult talk you hear at Amazon.
    - You get to try your nerd-gaydar on hapless candidates who fall for the recruiter pitch and actually try to get employed here. Yes, we have a bank of puzzle questions that have nothing to do with the mundane code we wrote everyday.

    Cons

    - You are going to be on-call, a lot and you will carry an actual 1990s pager: just stay away from Cripps territory while you are carrying that clunker since they don't like competition. In that respect, the Cripps are just like Amazon (hello, predatory pricing!)
    - "Customer Obsession" means "you die". Metrics are used to "drive behavior" and that means you better do what they are measuring, no matter how stupid you think it is.
    - Open workspaces! Forget focus - just hang on to you your little desk, point your legs in the air, and shoot out code as fast as you can. Oh, forget about going out since you live in Seattle, where tuberculosis is still a thing due to the constant rain.
    - Seattle! What a miserable, damp, and excrescent metropolis!

    Advice to Management

    - Bezos, I hope the rocket building is going well cause you need to move to Pluto, pronto!
    - Advice to management of other high-tech companies in the Seattle area, such as Google: hire more here. Many bright people would love to work at a place where they are not beaten senseless all the time.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Learned a lot, but difficult work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I meet and worked with some very smart people. And I was able to learn some cutting edge technology. Salary was decent.

    Advice for new hires: negotiate as much of a salary, hiring bonus, and stock as you can before accepting an offer. You will not get much for your yearly raise.

    Cons

    Dev Managers rule the company. Their decisions will trump other people's feedback.
    The company promotes those that are technically gifted, but then provides no support to make them good people managers.
    Raises were small (less than cost of living) no matter how you performed in your review.
    You will work 60-80 hours a week.
    Work environment is extremely fast paced and you will have to deal with "fires" daily.
    Very little work perks or benefits.
    Amazon knows people don't typically make it four years with the company. So the bulk of your stock payout will occur during years 3 and 4.
    In the department I was in manager retention was low. It was not uncommon to have multiple managers in a year.

    Advice to Management

    Start looking at your employees as long term assets. Provide training for managers so that they can manage people properly. Get rid of the forced distribution stack ranking for yearly reviews - it's demoralizing.


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