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a2z Development Center Reviews

Updated December 7, 2016
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at a2z Development Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great life balance. Very friendly environment

    Cons

    The office is not too glamorous

    Advice to Management

    More hanging out areas


  2. "Great Internship Experience"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at a2z Development Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazon has a great working environment in SLO. Between easy-to-walk-to lunch places and free bagels on Thursday, it's situated in the perfect location. Everyone there is pleasant and willing to help out with whatever problem you need, and there's never any pressure to work late hours and on weekends.

    Cons

    While it's a great internship experience during the summer when we get to work full time, it can be easy to fall behind and not feel like much progress is being made once school starts and we work less than 20hrs/week.

    Advice to Management

    With the impending $15/hr minimum wage, Jr. Devs will need to be paid more in order to retain them. If they can make the same money in a less stressful job, the program will turn into a summer-only internship.


  3. Helpful (10)

    "Try to avoid this place"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at a2z Development Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some smart kids to work with.
    Free milk & soda
    Bagel once a week
    That's all you can get.

    Cons

    Read the nytimes article. It's even worse.
    No respect for quality working people.
    Worst management ever.
    Not even an equal opportunity employer.

    Advice to Management

    Hopeless


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at a2z Development Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big name in the software industry

    Cons

    work life balance. Armies of developers. Managers with no management skills.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Go for the money but don't plan to stay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at a2z Development Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    casual dress code - flips flops, shorts, t-shirt
    bankers hours
    good pay
    smart people

    Cons

    no on-boardng
    sink or swim atmosphere
    managers technical experts though weak people skills

    Advice to Management

    Work on soft skills


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Dog Years / Time Under Water (Amazon Music)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at a2z Development Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    $$$ - Solid base and sign-on bonus for year 1-2 (but don't ever expect a performance bonus or a base increase over 2.5%
    -Some incredibly talented people working there (not sure if any left now)
    -- they base their stock offers on the 30 day trailing average (of the stock's performance)- so keep that in mind when negotiating. That being said, good luck making it the 2+ years to collect

    Cons

    -Management is there to beat you down and make sure you never get promoted. I've never worked anywhere with a higher turnover rate or lower morale.
    -Too many levels of red-tape to count.
    -The mothership (seattle) still controls all the strings and music is less of a priority to amzn than all the other media teams- 'red-headed stepchild

    Advice to Management

    try to make it feel like less a prison sentence


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Diverse product line. Tech meets and knowledge sharing sessions are great. Happy hours. Best part is location in san francisco

    Cons

    Extremely long working hours, working weekends. Too many levels in organization hierarchy. A lot of overlapping schedules which make deliverables difficult.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at a2z Development Center full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to work with new technologies and have a say in the development of the products. Lots of incredibly smart people working there.

    Cons

    It is a bit stressful at times. We have some difficult deadlines for certain projects. There are many times where you hope to get started on a new project but a new large feature comes in and ruins the party. Not too different from most companies.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to learn a lot"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at a2z Development Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learning is definitely encouraged. So is innovation. The people I work with and the work atmosphere are great, we have each other's backs, we learn from each other and help each other every day. Some of us hang out socially too, apart from work. Having moved to California from another country, I can truly say I made some friends at work.

    Long hours do happen, but it is manageable, it's not like we work evenings and weekends all the time. Since I had a baby, I have never had any problems reconciling my work life with my private life, and there is lots of flexibility when for instance the baby is sick and I need to work from home or come in late.

    As to sharing desks, I assure you that any full time employee will get their desk. We had contractors share desks before, but with the recent expansion, this should no longer be necessary.

    As for promotions, two engineers in my team were promoted this year, and two last year.

    The pay (salary and stock) is good.

    Recent changes around my team made on call duties much easier.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to move so quickly, that you don't have time to really learn the underlying technology. Sometimes solutions get stalled due to the need to discuss with several stakeholders and teams you depend on having different priorities. But that's inevitable in a larger organization I guess, and people are very cooperative.

    Contractors are definitely treated worse than the "blue badge employees".


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Long hours, dull work, ridiculous deadlines"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at a2z Development Center full-time

    Pros

    There are some really smart people working here and you can learn a lot from them. Pay and benefits are pretty good. Some of the projects are interesting work with reasonable deadlines and expectations.

    Cons

    If you end up on the wrong project, you'll end up working nights and weekends non-stop for several months in a row and the work will be nothing but bug fixing and integration. Overlapping project schedules means that there's an important deadline almost every week. There's very little opportunity to be creative. The company is very cheap when it comes to equipment and supplies - you will get a low-end laptop with not enough memory, the company intranet is incredibly slow and you'll end up sharing a cube with two other people.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less money on parties and more on equipment. We could get more done if we had better infrastructure and faster hardware. Constant deadlines eliminate the sense of accomplishment and decrease morale. You can't solve problems faster by throwing more people at them - it may seem to work in the short term, but it ends up causing chaos and creating more bugs that won't be found until it's too late.


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