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"High Pressure but fun to work with bright people"

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Current Employee - TPM in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - TPM in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

I've worked at several large companies, and all have had some very good people (hard working, intelligent), but many that aren't so great. The lazy or slow witted don't survive long at Amazon, if they even get in the door. That is not to say that everyone is honorable, but people are universally bright and quick moving, and I find it energizing to be around very bright people. The corporate kool-aid is a flavor I like (customer obsession, restless continual striving). The technical problems you get to work on are difficult and big, and you are encouraged to think big and solve them in the right way. You are respected for delivering results, and encouraged to stand up for your point of view (if you have data to back it up).

Cons

The volume of work piled on you can be crushing and make it difficult to prioritize your work and find time to innovate. You have to be careful not to let the masochistic culture of brutal on-call and long hours suck you into a life that is miserable. Advancement and survival can be political and treacherous. Your first and second level management holds enormous power over your future at Amazon, and due to the frequency that people switch roles or leave (I had 5 managers in my first two years) and groups reorganize, you have to be very cognizant of the political landscape and your status in the current regime. You or your group could suddenly become the stepchild in a second marriage, which could put you in the "least effective" bucket when it comes time to cull the herd. There are a lot of very smart, very ambitious people there. Some of them are also honorable, but some are not.

Advice to Management

How will the bar raising strategy change if Amazon can no longer attract or find sufficient numbers of new talent to fill the jobs?

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (2)

    "New Hire Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in West Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in West Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast Paced
    Great Benefits
    Set Schedules
    Opportunities for Advancement
    Guaranteed 40 hrs

    Cons

    Short Breaks
    Lots Of Walking
    Long Hours
    No Off time During Holidays


  2. "It's difficult to make money because of too much competition from fellow booksellers and not enough profitable books."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketplace Bookseller in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Marketplace Bookseller in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home most of the time. Occasionally you'll find a high-value, in-demand book that reaps a decent profit, but this is offset by the devaluation of books already listed and/or scarcity of such books. The company does provide fairly good seller service.

    Cons

    Far too much competition from other booksellers on Amazon.com with a "race-to-the-bottom" price mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the fee structure and reward longtime sellers with financial incentives.

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