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"SDE Intern"

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Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Location in Seattle is a good place to live.

Cons

As a young person, I couldn't really relate to any of the other people on my team. they were all 20+ years older than me with kids.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Talented corporation with a vision for the future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bright individuals who are always winning to go the extra mile to solve the problem at hand. Innovative company with teams in various departments (from outdoor gardens to appstore) who always put the customer first.

    Cons

    Work, life balance is non-existent. Expect to stay late and work long hours - however, you will be compensated for it. Very frugal company so do not expect free lunches or extra benefits.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "It's Better as a Customer Than as an Employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are endless in this rapid growth stage; it's a culture that supports rotating through different groups means that one will never be bored.

    Leadership principles are clearly understood. This means that despite the large size of the company, it's easy to transfer from one group to the other and understand what it means to be an effective Amazonian.

    Cons

    Decisions (both hiring and day-to-day business) feel robotic. As a result, the overall "emotional intelligence" needed to thrive in this place is low, and if you are an emotional person (or someone who thrives on positive feedback), this is not be the place for you.

    Because everyone is rated on a curve, there is little to no incentive (beyond a feeling of general satisfaction) to help your peers. As a result, it really is sink or swim. Those who do not display natural strength early on, are written off as not being smart enough of, or right for the company.

    There are a lot of wonderful, hardworking, loyal, and smart individuals who have been weeded out, and in their place are former military, former consultants, MBAs (I'm one of these, so this is simply an objective statement, not a judgment). It's the purely analytical type and those who are willing-to-accept-orders-under-any-circumstance type who will thrive here.

    Advice to Management

    One key leadership principle is missing: "help each other out"

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