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"Work Hard , Have Fun .. forget your family!"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Seattle, WA
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great people to work with! Technology is cutting edge!

Cons

Fire drills Fire drills fire drills, every day. If you like that then you will love it here!

Advice to Management

Time for personal life is important to perform! Spend some money on your assets!

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Dystopian Machine"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Picker in Whitestown, IN
    Former Employee - Picker in Whitestown, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is above average.
    There are more good people at Amazon than what I'm reading here.
    Fairly autonomous environment.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Once again, so many to list. But basically this place is the very definition of cogs in a machine. As someone who works on the floor whether you receive, stock, pick, ship, etc the only thing that matter are your numbers. NUMBERS NUMBERS NUMBERS. That is the most often emphasized theme there. It is their mantra for goodness sake. Low end employees while I worked there weren't really mistreated but largely ignored unless you had a problem. I think Amazon is really working on improving the workplace atmosphere. Because Whitestown was not nearly as bad as others are describing. But people randomly walk around and check in with you on your numbers and if they aren't up to par you will be gently encouraged for a limited time until you are basically fired but complimented for your contribution. The pace there is outrageous. There are some positions where some people can simply just not keep up. So if you work there you can make it work but be careful to choose the right position for you.

    I found that our direct management was actually pretty decent. They would encourage you to come with them for issues but the problem is they would just repeatedly fix issues and not fix the root cause. And by extension creating more down time and frustration for the employee who's numbers are dropping while they fix their scanner or some other repetitive issue. Whenever you address an issue that clearly exists that needs remedied on a larger scale to prevent other future issues middle management shrugs their shoulders and just says oh well. And I have a distinct feeling that upper management probably doesn't care what the underlings say. I find this indifference and ignorance odd since the whole company's mission statement is based on efficiency.

    There definitely are some bad managers who just need a whip and they'd crack it. Although surprisingly I would say that was the exception more than the rule at this particular facility. Be that as it may just more transparency and more respect for people who are obviously smarter than the rest of the work force would be nice. There are plenty of people who are happy to just work their butts off and go unnoticed but if your someone who can figure out things on a larger scale and structure and see the inefficiencies or issues you will be very frustrated not only by realizing these things, but peoples indifference to their existence.

    Then of course finally, work/life balance. I won't go on about it. But it is literally once of the worst place to work in regards to that. You may be a worthless drone to them but dangit you're THEIR worthless drone. But most people go in expecting that as well. So just be prepared.

    Advice to Management

    MORE TRANSPARENCY! Actually strive to recognize the issues brought to you by lower management and other employees and seek to correct them.
    Make sure those in management have some level of people skills and make sure they understand the very company they work for. If one of their lower employees can figure things out and they can't, that's a bad sign.
    HIRE MORE PEOPLE! You definitely have the deep pockets to hire more people. During off season or normal season maybe not as required. But when it is peak or busier just hire enough people to balance the load so people don't have to work at insane paces in tandem with insane hours. This is not China and this is not a sweatshop. Show a little respect and gratitude and stop it with insulting rewards system you throw around for free vending items or the slim chance of winning prizes during peak season. I guarantee most people find this marginally motivating.


  2. "Fast paced with lots to learn"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Everyday there is a new challenge, keeps you busy
    - Good overall compensation

    Cons

    - Lot of stress and low work/life balance
    - Appreciation and recognition from management is limited.

    Advice to Management

    - Provide career path to all employees and more candid reviews for development

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