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"Lot of work, No work life balance, Unhappy employees, Management disconnected from reality."

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Lot of exciting work goes on at Amazon.
Good opportunities are there but you have to be lucky to be given them.
Salary is acceptable.

Cons

The Stock Bonus and 401k match are a way to keep you around longer since you barely get anything without sticking around for 3years, but most don't stay that long.
Too many people leaving and new people coming in, a lot of time and money is wasted due to this.
Chaotic workplace.
The review process is one which Microsoft scrapped, and is one of the reasons most leave.
Very few truly happy software engineers here.
Everyone works crazy hours. Some start little later, work through lunch meetings, and till 12 and 1am at night and on weekends quite regularly. No one asks you to do it, but everyone does it so it becomes "normal". So you work super long hours and you don't even get benefits like free food or snacks even.
Work-Life balance is non-existent, be ready to bid adieu to your social life completely if you want to stick around.
Amazon knows how to convert exciting work into life sucking torturous work which takes a toll on your health and happiness.

Advice to Management

Stop micromanaging employees.
Don't keep pushing employees to the extent where they are frustrated and disappointed with themselves. That won't help anyone.
Account for unknown issues which can happen, this is where you need to deal with ambiguity.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Amazon would be an A+ place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fashion in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Fashion in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great and exciting concept with decent pay!

    Cons

    Hire jr. mature managers who are world wise and cultured enough to have worked with all stripes of people. Do not put boys in jr. management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Hire mature jr. managers, jr. managers who are world wise and cultured enough to have worked with all stripes of people. Do not put boys in these positions. Hire more women of color (Black, Latin, Asian, and Middle Eastern) in the tech side. Currently tech in this outfit of Amazon is a boy's only club. The women they do hire are simply there for sport so the young men can have someone to flirt with.

    Also upper management is best advised to monitor and regulate this behavior. Don't let the good ones slip through the cracks.

    I would recommend this company once these issues are cleaned up.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "My experience at Amazon has been a roller coaster."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AFE Process Guide in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - AFE Process Guide in Chester, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent for someone without a degree.
    Guarenteed Full time job.
    You can lose a lot of weight.
    If you work hard and show responsibility there are a few ways you can take tiny baby steps toward a higher paying job.

    Cons

    Amazon preaches safety but then makes you perform at a certain rate that there is no way to be safe when doing your job.
    When you do hurt yourself they don't take it seriously.
    Managers think they know everything when they are normally hired from the outside and don't understand the process paths.
    10 hour workdays with 2 15 minute breaks and 1 30 minute lunch. During peak they are 12 hour work days where you work 60 hours a week.
    No real opportunity to move up, even though they say it is always offered.
    Too many politics.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that Management should learn more about what the people they are managing have to do day in and day out before yelling at them for simple quality errors and not making rate. Some people may need to be retrained, and some people may just be having a bad day. The turnover rate of the employees at Amazon might go down significantly if Amazon cut them a little slack and lowered the rate. It doesn't have to be by much, but for the people who make above and beyond rate day in and day out, they would make an even bigger difference.

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