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"Lots of freedom and flexibility"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great opportunities for career growth, project/product ownership, and lots of freedom and flexibility at the job. Perfect location in the city.

Cons

Salary raises are basically non-existent. The company is very frugal, often pushing the limits of restricted resources.

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Senior Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility
    Great bran on your resume
    You will learn a lot
    Entrepreneurial
    Higher base (post MBA)

    Cons

    Individualistic
    Caotic
    Aggressive
    Company does not even pretend to care about employees. Employees and vendors are meaningless to them
    Teamwork, collaboration and nice are words you will never hear at Amazon
    Company will say something to you (ie we will sponsor your green card after 6 months) and then change its mind telling you you need to work a little harder/longer for it

    Advice to Management

    Employees matter. Saying thanks or training your people is not a sign of weakness


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great company with minimal perks"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    Technology:
    It is extremely easy to move laterally between teams and divisions. Because the company is so diversified you will have the opportunity to work on any area of technology you can think of: Web applications, cloud infrastructure, web browsers, tablets, consumer retail (at ridiculous scale), builder-tools, etc. Furthermore, they work in mainstream languages and leverage a lot of open-source software, so the skills you develop will be portable both inside and outside the company

    Customer Focus:
    Amazon is extremely customer-focused. As a result, they are extremely externally competitive. Even as an entry level developer, you will be aware of how your work impacts the customer. This stands in sharp contrast to some other big tech companies with extremely long release cycles. It still has a startup feel despite being a truly massive company.

    Talent:
    Despite having the reputation of having a difficult interview process, not all of the intro-level employees hired right out of college are all that impressive. However, the higher-level employees are all incredibly intelligent, thoughtful, and eloquent. It seems that the evaluation process does a good job in selecting truly outstanding individuals. If you are confident in your abilities, this is a plus (although it is not unique to Amazon).

    Work-Life Balance:
    This varies DRASTICALLY by team. If you are working on load-balancing for the consumer retail site, expect to work crazy hours during Q4. However, you can select any team you would like, and there are plenty of teams where people work standard 8-hour days. On those teams, hours are extremely flexible.

    Cons

    Perks:
    Free bus pas and an occasional team outing, but that is absolutely it. There is no free food, free haircuts, free massages, etc. This doesn't actually bother me all that much, but if you care about perks then you will be sorely disappointed.

    Lack of Transparency:
    Amazon is very tight-lipped about almost everything. Information is disseminated on a need-to-know basis, so don't expect to play with new devices before they are released unless you are working on them or get tons of details on the company's performance. Other than the metrics for your own team, you will know about as much as the public knows.

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