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"Great company, not family friendly"

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Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- loved the challenges and ownership
- believe in the leadership principles
- recognition for good work
- opportunity to rotate to different groups

Cons

- very stressful
- no work life balance. Company makes no effort to try and improve employee experience. use and dispose treatment.
- ' you have to leave early to take care of a sick baby ' - too bad, this document needs to be finished tonight

Advice to Management

constantly burning out employees takes away the strategic focus and builds them into workhorses instead of innovators

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Amazon"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D
    Current Employee - R&D
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, smart folks,

    Cons

    can be boring sometimes, lack innovation at times


  2. "This was once the greatest company for customers and the most fun and challenging for work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Multiple Job Titles in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Multiple Job Titles in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prestige… if you land in an interesting department you might be on something cutting edge.

    Cons

    Amazon is now just another corporation. The frontiership of c 2000 is long over but some of the long hours are not. Annual attrition in some departments, like warehouses (DCs), approaches 100%. Automation and excellent logistics killed the need for world-leading customer service.

    Advice to Management

    You're walking a fine line and I have no advice because I don't think it could be done differently at this point. There is a reason the phrase "vest in peace" was a common mantra while waiting for the day you could resign. In the 1997-2001 days, you had hundreds of employees who barely balked at 50, 60, 70 hour weeks because they loved the company so much.

    Actually I do have something: the management layer-cake hurts everyone. Any employee in the place used to be able to talk to a VP when necessary. Ideas flowed. The culture was amazing. Responsibilities were covered in favor of asses. Probably gone for good but maybe one of you will take it with you for your own start-up.


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