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"Fast, Smart, Data-Driven. Awesome environment for hard drivers"

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Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Seattle, WA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

People - all smart, focused and data driven.
Mission - shared vision, play for the long term, make big bets, make choices, own them
Values - Creates incredible workforce with broad reaching influence

In general, this is one of the few companies with the will and footprint capable of disrupting most industries it chooses. The ruthless focus on the end consumer allows for clear thinking and brutal feature cuts.

Cons

Expect to be on your email from 9-Midnight - while not a 'requirement', the turn around time on expected questions from mgmt is consistent with all-the-time access.

Willing to burn bridges with nearly any industry or partner in the name of better customer. This may not be a 'con' per se, but if you're in the partnership side of the business, know your personal brand may be affected.

Advice to Management

Don't change a thing. I'm still a shareholder and will continue to be one.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Know your leadership principles and manage your boundaries well."

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    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people. Exciting and challenging things to work on. Many small, iterative, collaborative, and innovative teams with the ownership to deliver results. Look for teams with brilliant business people at the helm that embody all of Amazon's Leadership Principles.

    Cons

    It is way too easy to commit too much time, energy, and your very essence to this place of many wonders. Once you start working 50, 60, 70+ hours a week it becomes nigh impossible to dial it back. There are few paths to leadership for UX professionals. Just as there are many small teams of brilliance and success, there are many other teams full of chaos and dysfunction.

    Advice to Management

    Find better ways to shepherd a new era of brilliant minds in to leadership.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of things to learn. A lot of hardworking and smart people."

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

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

    Pros

    I noticed that people at Amazon have either stayed for a really long time or just in there 1-2 years of career. From more senior colleagues, you can definitely learn A LOT if you are doing an internship or fresh out of college.
    Amazon has their own system for almost everything you need to build software, but you really need to think BIG because everything needs to be scalable (especially if you are on Retail or AWS).

    Cons

    Perks are limited (as you all know), money doesn't buy you happiness.
    It might take a while to get used to people moving around, switching teams all the time.

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