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"Software Engineer"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The stock is not bad, I guess. And you can say, I'm working at Amazon.

Cons

It's more like a business company compared to other giants like Google or Facebook.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Current Amazon Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pack in Jeffersonville, IN
    Current Employee - Pack in Jeffersonville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    40 hour weeks, Paid Personal Time, Voluntary overtime offered at times, Mandatory 60 hour weeks from Black Friday To December 23rd.

    Cons

    Lower Management manage using fear tactics, Favoritism throughout the plant. ou are not Judge on your hard work and determination, but by how much you suck up.

    Advice to Management

    Have AM's review resume's for experienced and Qualified managerial candidates.


  2. Helpful (7)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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