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"Great place to work, slackers need not apply"

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Current Employee - Senior Manager, Product Management in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Manager, Product Management in Seattle, WA
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Pros

I get to work with very bright, very customer focused people, who are also genuinely decent and caring individuals. I get to work on some amazing technology and I can see how it will change the world when it is in the hands of our customers. Senior management is smart, intense, focused, and driven by results. They are also very accessible via email, and will take the time to respond. There's a total lack of politics, game playing, and manipulation. The product cycle is short, so the work you do today will be in the hands of customers tomorrow. You can bring your dog to work. Having fun and helping to make Amazon a fun place to work is a core value and doing this right can even have an impact on your review.

Cons

Make no mistake, you will work hard at Amazon. This is not a place for slackers or for those who want to work 40 hours per week and then go home. The email load can be intense and the pace of the business means that you are expected to respond quickly. If you can't think, respond, act, and perform at web speed then you will get run over. Amazon's now legendary emphasis on frugality means that you will be working at a so-called door desk, and that you may be crammed into a small office with a couple of other people.

Advice to Management

Invest more in physical facilities. Dingy offices and door desks may have been cool once upon a time, but now they are depressing and even unprofessional.

Invest in employee benefits, pump up the insurance plans, and help us to save more money for retirement.

Make sure that your employees really do feel appreciated for what they do.

But, by and large, keep doing what you are doing to keep Amazon in the lead as a technological innovator.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. Helpful (3)

    "love to be shareholder, but not employee"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they are doing good business for sure. as a shareholder I would love to own it. their philosophy is customer centered, everything is to create the best customer experience, even at the expense of low profit margin, which I totally agree. the loyal customer base is essential.

    Cons

    however, they extend their frugality to its employees, plus awful operational load, crazy releasing cycles all contributes to its high turn over rate. if you are single new graduate, this is a place for you, there are fun projects for you. however if you are with family, think twice before you come.

    Advice to Management

    try to save your current employees rather than spending money on recruiters


  2. "Amazon, great place to work for a huge jump start on a great career."

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

    Pros

    If you are interested in moving ahead, particularly as an Engineer, it is all in your hands. If you are smart, work hard, put in extra time, you're almost guaranteed to move ahead quickly. Politics don't come into play nearly as much as results.

    Cons

    Amazon is not the kind of place where you would pick a job and work there for 20 years. Amazon expects people to switch jobs every 2-3 years or so, work extra hours, and push hard. If you're happy with just doing your job, the 9-5 thing, it will not generally work too well. Amazon is a good place to work hard for 5-8 years, and then hop into any position you want somewhere else.. or work hard for 10-15 years and retire :) The benefits package isn't all that impressive compared to other companies, but they focus rewards on the financial side rather than benefits / time off.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is highly respected for the most part. Focusing on benefits (or the perception of benefits) would always be good.

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