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"Your experience there depends on the quality of your team and its leadership."

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Former Employee - Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Rapidly-growing company that's willing to try new methods and ideas. They encourage creativity, individuality, and moving to different teams to learn new things. Fun, exciting industry. Stock options and employee discount.

Cons

Teams are frequently under-staffed for the workload. Management doesn't listen to employees. Tribal knowledge / lack of documentation are frustrating. "Do your own thing" means inconsistent standards.

Advice to Management

It isn't still "day one" - in some areas it's time to behave like a large, established company.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Overall, very positive experience."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Environment is set up to be a self-started experience, and one can learn a lot about the business and technologies used.

    Cons

    Not a great company if you need work/life balance. Some teams are not flexible enough to support that.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed bag -- good people, good technology, lots to learn, but a challenging culture and poor career trajectory."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a whole lot about doing technology at scale and you'll have the best tools and processes to support you along the way.

    Cons

    There's a culture of demanding a whole lot of output and surrounds the path to promotion with a lot of political nonsense. Did your manager change this year? Sorry, can't get a promotion. Is your director of engineering new to the company? Sorry, nobody under him is getting promoted to Senior for the next year and a half.

    There's a lot of talk about data driven planning but it all goes out the window when someone says jump. "Where's the data about where we're jumping?" "No time for data! Business opportunity! I said so!"

    Advice to Management

    The company is growing too fast and the culture is being diluted. Do something about it or this isn't going to be the Amazon you believe in very soon.

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