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"Stretch, learn, work, work and work"

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
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Positive Outlook

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

Pros

Opportunities abound. Innovative new work being done all day every day. Rapid growth company. Environment that encourages creativity. Autonomy is granted if you know your stuff. Dogs allowed in the office. Casual dress environment. Learned more about business and process efficiency in 4 years at Amazon than I did in 10 years in my prior jobs.

Cons

Chronically understaffed. No work life balance and HR Is not seeking to implement it. Churn and burn environment. Arrogant attitude of SVPs with little or no value of employee and employee contributions - i.e. "you're lucky to work here" . Compensation structure is heavily equity based, such that at best salaries are at mid of market requiring sales of shares to meet competitive market salary--leadership principle of "ownership" is a farce. Stock compensation is heavily taxed resulting in a lower overall total compensation package. Benefits are beyond skimpy. Tools, and systems for non-customer facing infrastructure work are fragile and require much manual work to prevent failures.

Advice to Management

Values and leadership principles are good. Improve benefits, change compensation structure to more appropriately compensate top talent that work hard to contribute to the company's success.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Brutally Fast-paced but Also Full of Amazing Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best benefit of working at Amazon is the amazing array of coworkers. You meet everyone from MIT graduates to post-military special ops (and all folks in-between). Most of the people at Amazon are no BS types who don't like office politics. Those are the people I love working with the most. Amazon's technical environment offers experience and learning opportunities you cannot get anywhere else. Server management, ruby/perl programming, Cisco, Linux, network cabling, project management, etc - all in one job.

    Cons

    "Day 1 Basic Training" atmosphere. From the moment you walk into the door, it's "Go! Go! Go! Go!", and man does that burn you out after a few years. I've seen really good people get burned out, and either quit or get canned because they can't sustain double-speed 40-60 hrs a week. Amazon isn't for everyone. Read through the reviews here. It's not for whiners or folks who want a "cruise control" job. There's no cruise at Amazon - only full throttle every moment of every day.

    Advice to Management

    Stop burning people out. Stop micro-managing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly good experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ownership, high impact, fast moving, innovative, lots to choose from, not as political as other cos.

    Cons

    pay and promotion, lack of training opportunities

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