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"Amazon is no longer a teenager. Oh the levels of approvals and top heavy management."

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Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Very smart people. Cool problems to go solve for the ecommerce retail products.

Cons

There are many people that will do anything to get the limelight. Save the day individual contributors always looking for that pat on the back to feed their egos. Not a pro female, collaborative environment above a certain level. Consensus building is a skill that is desperately needed in large corporations, but looked upon as weakness at Amazon.

Advice to Management

As you build your empire, invest in team building skills and management principles. The values at Amazon are the best I have ever seen, but are contrary what you have to do to build a personal empire so that you get your next promotion. With management being top heavy now, you need teams more than ever to survive and most managers at Amazon only know how to be IC's and check in with their directs in 1:1's.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Better for the customer than for the employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazon Services, a sales organization, is fast-paced and data driven. Be prepared to learn a lot and learn fast, or come already equipped with your MBA and cutting edge knowledge of retail, web, technology, and the intersection of all three. There is a direct line between performance and achievement, and for the most part it is a fair meritocracy. They are hiring many positions and growing fast. If you have a great idea and can prove its potential with data and then demonstrate its success with data, you will be a rock star.

    Cons

    Amazon is not generous with it's employees, either for salary or time off. Stock and bonus are great but tied to your length of employment. Keep in mind that the average employee only stays here 1.8 years and to reap the full benefit of bonus/stock you have to be there for more than 4 years. This organization within Amazon is very rigid in terms of the hours you work and being on site almost all of the time. Work/life balance is nearly non existent for anyone who wants to succeed in this culture. Most employees are in their 20s and 30s and there is a strong preference for young MBAs willing to put in 80 hour weeks. No matter what job you have, you will be required to also demonstrate proficiency in business writing and data capture and analysis.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture employees with more training. Match funds for charitable giving. Create policies that support flexible hours and work from home. Increase base salaries rather than tie up earnings in length-of-employment bonus and stock. Focus on retention, not just hiring.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not what I expected."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Lebanon, TN
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Lebanon, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with time off. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    The work is very physical. Very demanding. It is very stressful trying to meet production goals. There is no time for proper training.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to communicate among themselves. Supervisors need to get together and decide how processes should be carried out. Everyone wants it different.

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