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"Challenging, interesting, exhilerating"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
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Pros

Engineering decisions are bottom up, not foisted upon from top managment, you get to choose what you think are projects that make for a better customer experience, and also make your life easier. The people who one works with make all the difference, the people here are bright, and friendly. The customer obsession thing is not a lie, which is somewhat refreshing after money grubbung at other firms.

Cons

The operations burden can occassionally be a drag. And _everyone_ has an ops burden. Carrying a pager, and being a front line engineer has its pros -- interesting problems, triaging and diagnosing on the flyt -- but it can also be very tiring at the end of e week on call. When deadlines approach, there are times when one does spend more time at work than usual.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Crazy busy and unreasonable expectations, but fun at times."

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic work environment, always something new to do. We do some amazing stuff and the release cycles are quick.

    Cons

    Executives set ridiculous stretch goals and burn people out trying to achieve them. They have an endless appetite but don't always fund their mandates.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize! You can't have everything all at once. Rigorously force sponsors of new business innovations to make their business case and stack rank the opportunities.


  2. "Other than a few groups, very interesting work environment which has lot to offer for career growth."

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

    Pros

    Provides opportunity to work with very smart people. Best part is to be able to move around within the company and work at other groups. Since the company has a lot of diverse functions - retail, AWS etc, you don't have to be stuck with the same group for many years.

    Cons

    A few groups might be uninteresting to work for.

    Advice to Management

    None

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