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"Some great teams, and a lot of terrible teams"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great tools for programmers. A lot of them are very proprietary, but the concepts are there, and the whole software ecosystem meshes together well.

Some really smart people scattered throughout the company. I've learned a ton being here.

If you find the right team, you can build products that customers love and have some say in how they're built. If you find a small team that's missing say a project manager, you get the chance to take on different roles.

The "leadership principles" - while receiving a lot of scorn from some employees - are awesome guiding principles for how to act. They're burned into my brain for the rest of my life.

Cons

Lots of crappy programmers. Blind leading the blind means many college hires get indoctrinated with bad practices

Here's your choice of teams:
  - Small agile teams that are building cool products quickly
  - Massive orgs that have built themselves into corners and make every simple task take days to get right
  - Teams owning some of the oldest software in the company with crazy high attrition rates (think avg 6-8 months)
  - Teams that grew too fast and have 10 awful hacks for every good programmer, causing nightmares for whoever's on call

If you're looking to work at Amazon, you NEED to talk to the manager/coworkers on the team you're being hired for. If they look defeated and sad, look elsewhere!

Advice to Management

The best teams are small and agile. Building a huge organization and trying to coordinate across it just gets you in the area of diminishing returns. Asking people to move quickly and hamstringing them by forcing them to use crappy tools is pretty Orwellian.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Overall, good experience."

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

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Very smart people across the board
    * Endless opportunities to work on challenging problems
    * Ability to work on many different types of products without changing companies (e.g. operations support, front-end, digital, web services, developer tools, etc.)
    * Good stock performance (over past few years)

    Cons

    * Location - South Lake Union (in Seattle) is hip and clean, but also expensive (e.g. lunches, parking, etc.)
    * Hours - employees more often than not have to work above and beyond to meet senior management expectations (leads to bad work:life balance - i.e. not good for family life)
    * Politics

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employee talent and accomplishments more.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Awesone"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great Technologies. Always new projects. Work never gets boring. plenty of things to do workwise, learning wise. Flexible in change in role in career path. Have great Management and exceutive leaders

    Cons

    At times sucks and takes away time from family during launch craziness.

    Advice to Management

    Care about employee's work life balance,


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