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"Learned a lot, but burnout and turnover rate is high."

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Current Employee - Area Manager in Hebron, KY
Current Employee - Area Manager in Hebron, KY
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Approves of CEO

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

Pros

1. Amazing company, with strong innovative CEO.
2. Company is positioned for long-term growth and uses stock options to help you have ownership with the company
3. Leadership opportunities are available everywhere and you will be surrounded by talented people
4. Advancement opportunities are also based entirely on merit so office politics is very downplayed

Cons

1. In operations where I was, work-life balance is not a priority. Night and weekend shifts certainly don't help and there seems to be no set formula in determining if you get the desirable or undesirable shifts
2. During peak season you will work in excess of 80+ a week which is very challenging, but the hardest part is working on holidays which will inevitable impact personal and social life
3. Training and retention is not the biggest priority currently with the company: There is almost 0 technical training for the job before you start working and many people seem to burnout due to the lack of structure

Advice to Management

Offer better work-life balance to managers by having total transparency when assigning them to undesirable shits. Promote more talent from within instead of trying to fill positions as quickly as possible with external hires. Invest more resources in comprehensive training that will allow for a more reasonable learning curve.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Amazon is a great company."

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    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like the fast pace work environment and casual work place setting. Amazon also provides everyone with an opportunity to have an impact on process improvement by submitting ideas and participating in JDI's, PDCAs, and kaizens.

    Cons

    One opportunity that amazon can improve on is the communication of holidays. It would give associates a better opportunity to plan for a better work/life balance with family members.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Challenging, no-nonsense environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You're surrounded by bright, creative people, from diverse backgrounds. Truly a global company, focused on hiring the best candidates from around the world. All-hands meetings teach you about various areas of the business, and the CEO always shares bits of wisdom, followed by open, virtually anything goes, Q&A. Great stock benefits, if you can hold out through year 3. Open environment where constructive criticism is valued. You're typically empowered to run your own space.

    Cons

    When Amazonians start to believe their own press, they can make bad decisions. Many strong referrals are rejected via bar-raiser arrogance, to the point that you no longer want to sponsor references for fear of a bad candidate experience. Too much time is spent finding the "bad" in good employees during annual rating exercises. Time would be better spent in making their great employees even stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the focus on the customer, but improve your focus on the employee. Your culture, that was once strong, is being diluted through massive YoY growth. Don't add to the problem via attrition.

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