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Helpful (3)

"Growing pains/Not for the faint of heart"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Working with some of the smartest people in the industry.
You can make a significant impact much like a startup.
Excellent benefits, parking reimbursement etc.

Cons

We seem to be doubling our workforce every year which means half the company is new to the company (no exaggeration). The culture of "bias for action" is lost in some groups. People are more worried about CYA than building the product right in a timely fashion.

No work/life balance, overload of new hires needing to be mentored at the same time as needing to meet aggressive deadlines is very stressful and is currently causing some churn in the workforce.

Advice to Management

Don't lose your way. There seems to be some loss in corporate culture over the last few years. Don't let entropy creep in.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "They talk about innovation, but continue with the same old practices"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Petersburg, VA
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Petersburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People want to work for Amazon. The associates hired by Amazon want to take ownership of their work and their facility.
    - The pay is pretty good. High starting salary, sign-on bonus, first year retention bonus, stock options, and a 401(k) match are all very enticing.
    - Opportunities to move up and travel around the world are available. Stepping up in the company typically requires a move to another part of the country (or the world). There are plenty of fulfillment centers around the US and it will continue to grow.

    Cons

    - Senior Leadership still follows the old, "work harder, move faster" mentality. They do not treat associates (nor junior level management) with the respect they deserve nor do they follow the servant-leader management style that they profess to look for in their managers.
    - Work-Life balance is nearly non-existent. Non-peak hours will average 50 hours/week. Peak hours will top out around 80 (12-14 hours per day, six days per week).
    - Training for one's position (in management) is nearly non-existent. New hires to the fulfillment center will spend one week learning what the associates do, but then are thrown into their positions to learn everything (and I mean everything) on-the-job.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your subordinates with respect. Make an effort to teach and develop them as future leaders. Stop worrying about numbers and start treating people as people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good managers with a hard work ethic."

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    Current Employee - Impact Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Impact Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, management was very understanding and helped you accomplish your goals. It is a very competitive atmosphere and the strong competitors will rise to the top and begin moving upwards. College graduates have mobility.

    Cons

    Constant work and tight schedules. You are only allotted two 15 minute paid breaks and one 30 minute unpaid break. Typical warehouse work for those who are suited to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a little more personal leave to employees, not necessarily during high volume hours, but more available time to request off during down times and low peak days.

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