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"Very good place to work, if you are willing to commit yourself"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

High quality and dedication of employees.
Interesting and challenging technical problems: scale AND (application) complexity.
Cooperative working environment; not excessively political.
Amazon still has a lot of new things left to do.
Frugailty is taken seriously: the work's the thing. Totally.
Seattle is a great place to live.

Cons

Difficulty being able to leap-frog the state of the art.
On-call can be very draining.
Compensation is only average (but at least it seems to be average).
Benefits aren't stellar.
"It's still day one" gets tiresome.
Frugality is taken pretty seriously: no frills (i.e. no free anything).
Hard to publish or get permission to talk about work outside the company.

Advice to Management

Be more strategic, less focused on the near-term problems.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging environment with a multitude of opportunities."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon still feels like a startup in someways, in that everything is moving quickly and there are many opportunities to make a difference. I have felt empowered at Amazon to make impacting decisions that at other companies may have been slowed by bureaucracy. Amazon is not perfect; however that results in opportunity for you to fix the imperfections and get recognized. There are many diverse job roles at Amazon and many different business groups and you are able to move to different business groups fairly easily if you perform well in your current role. The people working at Amazon are smart and most seem fairly happy. The company is still growing fast and the total compensation which includes generous stock awards is very competitive.

    Cons

    Amazon may not be the place for everyone. It is a challenging environment and for some job roles the workload can be demanding. The benefits could be better, they are adequate at best. Your annual salary for the first few years can be on the low side (before your stocks vests).

    Advice to Management

    Overall, I feel the company is moving in the right direction. I would perhaps recommend expanding internationally at a quicker pace. Amazon only has websites in 7 countries; however half of the revenue comes from outside of the US. I believe there is opportunity in South America, Southeast Asia and Australia to start expanding operations and building the brand.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Burnout is the order of the day!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to work on projects that have great impact both internally and externally. Ability to move around the business and not get pigeonholed into a particular function/job. Should be a more formal process...
    People think you work at a great company and are very impressed when you tell them you work at Amazon...that is unless they know better. (i.e. ex-Amazonian or know someone at Amazon)

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance. Burnout is the order of the day here. You are considered a slacker or not committed, if you work 40 hours on a regular basis. The benefits are average. They are not comparable to Microsoft's coverage. The compensation and stock grants could also use a boost. Heavy reliance on the stock grants in lieu of salaries. This weighs heavily on their retention problem. People are leaving left and right. They bail as soon as their stock vests, if not sooner. Their selection and development of the management team is a bit scary. Some people should not be managers. What criteria is used to promote people into a manager role?...Communication across the company sucks...little documentation, lack of formal processes, training etc. Too much focus on metrics and goals in each siloed department. Groups that work closely together are at odds with each other because their metrics and goals conflict with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing your management team, retention and communication skills
    Get the teams on the same page. Everyone thinks they are working together on the same goals, but they aren't.
    By the way, what is the goal anyway?

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