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"Advance by being unhelpful and tripping up your peers."

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- Compensation
- Career building resume addition
- If you land with the right team, it can be an incredible experience
- Work from home
- PTO
- Scale

Cons

- If you land with the wrong team, it can be a terrible experience
- Career advancement can be very political.
- Suck up to the right people, move 100mph when people are watching and 1mph when they're not, be unhelpful to your peers, make your peers look bad... Do all of this and you'll look great and be promoted.
- If instead you focus on working hard, being helpful, being a team player, moving at a good pace regardless of who's watching or the visibility, then you won't get promoted.

Advice to Management

Due to the size of the company, there can be a massive difference in the health of a team, from one to the next. Spend more time ensuring that all teams have good management, a positive culture, and healthy competition. One of my biggest issues as an SDE during my time at Amazon was that a very good way to get ahead was to be unhelpful and sometimes intentionally trip up your peers so you look better than them. Career advancement should be about the individuals capabilities compared to the bar, not compared to other individuals. This is a cultural imperfect, and those can be difficult to fix.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Manager are worst people in this company"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not that I could find out as compared to any other tech giant I have worked for. Every company has techies, so does this company have. Perks are not that great

    Cons

    The piece of information that recruiters don't share is that Amazon also has stack ranking. Also, the performance improvement program is just a show-off which managers use to save some group of people in their team. On the name of frugality, management saves every penny on the earth. Not good in benefits. Increasing cost of insurance. I will never recommend anyone work for Amazon ever.

    Advice to Management

    Clear your thought and treat employees as assets rather than labor.


  2. "My experience so far at one of Amazon's Fulfillment Centers has been great."

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    Current Employee - Outbound Problem Solve in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - Outbound Problem Solve in Chester, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay (could be better though), perks (could be better though), for me the hours.

    Cons

    Holiday season can be tuff, pay could be better, perks should be better,

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