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"Good place to work."

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Former Employee - Deal Quality Analyst in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Deal Quality Analyst in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

Pros

- Amenities, buildings, location
- Pay, the people you work with

Cons

Depends on the department
Long Hours
Working all the time

Advice to Management

Value work/life balance a little more

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good learning experience, poor working environment"

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

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

    Pros

    - Amazon is going to teach you how to be the best at what you do. The caveat there, however, is that it can be difficult to learn more than just that unless you make yourself a slave to your job. Favorites tend to be cherry-picked by managers and given extra opportunities to be promoted.

    - The people that you work with are very smart, but many will step on each other to get ahead.

    - Parking reimbursement is a definite plus

    - Fishbowls (music/author/actor) events are very fun

    - Internal transfer process can help with personal growth and development, but expect to own that process!

    Cons

    - There is literally no work/life balance at Amazon. Even if you try to set boundaries for yourself, they will be shot down. Those who log in until midnight and spend their weekends glued to their laptops will be the ones to get ahead.

    - Benefits are not the best due to the spirit of frugality

    - Salary is typically not as competitive as many other large companies

    - Toxic work environment at times. Management will tell team to not interact/chat/get to know each other during the day

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees who are efficient and can get the job done during regular working hours. Just because someone is not attached to their laptop as if it's their life doesn't mean they aren't accomplishing the same amount.

    Also, refrain from leading your employees on guilt and other scare-tactics. They are demotivating.


  2. Helpful (19)

    "Poor Treatment of Employees"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on interesting, cutting-edge projects. Generally highly competent, intelligent colleagues. Good 'name' for your resume to leverage for another position.

    Cons

    One of Bezos' fundamental values is 'frugality' and boy do they ever mean it at Amazon! Double-sided print jobs (for those awful memos you have to prepare and discuss in excruciating detail before doing anything) and stays in unsafe, sketchy hotels during business travel will be your life. No free phones here (although you may get a free IMDB Pro account, which is unintentional comedy at its finest). This emphasis on frugality is not shocking given the company barely breaks even but Jeff and his 'S' team doesn't pay the price - rank and file employees do. In an environment in which competition for talent - especially tech talent - has never been higher you would think they would at least pretend to care about their employees. Not so. When Microsoft looks great by comparison on this basis, then you know you have some work to do.

    They even went after a former colleague of mine, suing him for leaving for Google, even though he moved to California and they don't enforce non-competes there, which Amazon knows. They did this just to screw with him and to send a message to current employees who may be thinking of leaving (which is everyone below Level 8, at least). Cutthroat and awful place to be. Life is short - why spend it at a place that despises you? When my options vest shortly, I am gone.

    Advice to Management

    Though you don't believe it, there are other important constituents and causes besides customers. Like employees...shareholders...partners...charities. We were not all put on this Earth to maximize Bezos' personal wealth accumulation.

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