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Helpful (5)

"The largest startup in the world"

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Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

1. Good pay at higher levels (SDE 3+)
2. Excellent range of opportunities - work from UI to the largest web services infrastructure in the world to machine learning to consumer products (Kindle).. If you get bored of one team, moving to another is straightforward.
3. High achievers are rewarded well
4. Super focused and competent senior management

Cons

1. The frugality (cheapness) gets old after a while.
2. Growing as an individual contributor after the SDE 2 level is made ridiculously tough and is completely team dependent; an SDE 2-3 promotion in a technically strong team might take years (or never happen) with the same promotion take a few months in some other teams
3. Uneven quality across groups and teams - there needs to be a consistent hiring bar.
4. Employees are treated largely as cogs. The pager hell is real and can be bad depending on the team.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Amazon and AWS - smart people, fun projects, great work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people who take ownership. Managers who don't get in the way and are above average. In general, you'll learn quite a bit.

    Cons

    Growing so fast has it's challenges, it can seem somewhat wild, wild west at times. Dealing with and learning the Amazon specific infrastructure can be daunting and feel somewhat tedious. It's still mostly a Java shop.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Filled with favoritism and politics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Carlisle, PA
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Carlisle, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well established company, with decent pay. They are always in need of people, easy to obtain job there. Some potential to move up within the company.

    Cons

    Many locations have biases based on favorites. If you are on the better side with management, there are opportunities to move up, or get more training.


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