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"Exhilarating and on the edge. Crazy schedules and awesome when we meet them."

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Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Executive focus and engagement in programs is very motivating (and scary for some). No place to hide for under-performers, and super smart and motivated people. Clear accountabilities.

Cons

Work-life can take a hit. Very limited training, and public image of company being a sweat shop is de-motivating. Feels like other companies also do amazing things, but somehow people work less there (not sure how).

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Worked as "mechanical murk" within the framework of Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mTurk."

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    Current Employee - Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker (ID: A167OT77I6TDC9) in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker (ID: A167OT77I6TDC9) in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Given steady supply of interesting tasks, it is possible to learn a lot and earn a little cash while researching texts to be written for hire for a bonafide, fair taskmaster, or be amused/absorbed/edified by participating in university surveys, typically in cognitive, social, psychological, health, or political science topic area. It is easy to transfer one's accrued cash compensation out of the system to any bank account using an ACH transfer for free, once the account is hooked up and validated with mini deposits (also free).

    Cons

    Staggering Wild West lack of oversight, egregious exploitation, lack of safeguards against unscrupulous taskmasters who first have you perform a task and then refuse to pay the compensation (typical dire scenario: write a 1200-word essay on X; submit it; then have your "hit" (human intelligence task) be rejected as lacking quality or falling short (no feedback given) but possibly used for free illicitly by the taskmaster. Compensation is typically menial for the USA but may make economic sense in India or Chile: typically way too too low for the time required to complete the task. Amazon.com is completely unresponsive to complaints, as those are met with idiotic deflections by robotic, out-of-the-country hired help, probably outsourced to India. This is the seedy underbelly of Amazon.com, if we discount its generally inclement, godawful store card customer service as provided by GE Bank for Amazon Store Card. Amazon.com's own customer service for Amazon.com customers is legendary for being speedy, generous, effective and responsive.

    Advice to Management

    Completely redo the Amazon Mechanical Turk system: introduce effective due process for workers/mTurkers as well as the taskmasters; institute some reasonable pay minima that make sense in the USA; better police the marketplace to weed out exploitation/prevent fraud (a typical Amazon Mechanical Turk scam: sell yourself to a car insurance middle man in order to obtain quotes with your (worker's) own personal information, before you might get some menial compensation of a dollar or two for all this trouble and commercial activity on behalf of the insurance companies and the taskmaster, the middle man.


  2. "Amazon internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of good people and interesting experience

    Cons

    there were no cons for working at amazon

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