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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company, Greater Product"

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    Former Employee - Senior Automation Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at comiXology for more than 2 years

    Pros

    A tough, versatile, and top of the line team. Working in an Agile shop and using PHP to both develop and automate their infrastructure. A laid-back team willing and able to shift drastically to meet both internal and external client needs. Not to mention their application and services is unique!

    Cons

    The small team size places a lot of strain on resources, similar to how most start-ups work. The strain is fun, although if your a JR or non-C-level/ non-senior employee their compensation may not be competitive enough to encourage employer retention.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Met good people. Management didn't know how to grow the business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at comiXology full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    + Good teammates + Worked there when we transitioned to Amazon which meant a lot of friends got raises or RSUs that they deserved

    Cons

    - Management didn't know how to grow the business. Very risk averse - People who shouldn't have been managers were promoted because they were loyal rather than qualified.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "+ colleagues, - management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at comiXology full-time

    Pros

    -You can move within Amazon if you want - Great healthcare (c/o Amazon) -Teams generally have a positive "we are all in this together" attitude, even when things are crazy. So camaraderie is one reason I stayed for so long (more than 3 years). People make a real effort to work together to make things happen, even if there are lots of technical/managerial roadblocks

    Cons

    -Management is still going through lots of course changes even though the Amazon merger is years old at this point. This provides a pretty unstable working environment and it's hard to succeed when the focus of your department is redirecting every 3 months. It's also just exhausting and not in that "we're a start up and all hands on deck" (aka productive) kind of way. - Culture and values are great on paper but not...

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  4. "Not Worth It"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at comiXology full-time

    Pros

    Some of the employee's are nice. Free movies. Free bagels on Wednesday.

    Cons

    There is no way to move up. Management only cares about their career.

  5. Helpful (3)

    "Highly Toxic Enviornment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at comiXology full-time

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, it's fun working with comics.

    Cons

    Consistently toxic environment both before and after the Amazon acquisition, chronic mismanagement, extremely poor hiring decisions on a management level and a reluctance to fix these issues even when they create obvious problems, a pervasive sense of dishonesty from the top down.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "There is a lot to do here"

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    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at comiXology full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Definitely a fun environment to work in, flexible schedule (barring any, rare, emergencies), and very good benefits. The staff are a lot of really excited people who want to do great things for comic books and solve big problems. Integration with Amazon offers a lot of really cool benefits as far as what can be used to solve problems. Working with Amazon also allows for a lot of potential upward movement and opportunity...

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    Cons

    comiXology is incredibly ambitious and because of that there's a lot to be done with stretched resources. Team sizes are good but 2+ years into the Amazon acquisition, only some of the growing pains are gone. The turnover of long time staff cashing in post-aqusition has left some knowledge lost which tends to lead to overhauls of small pieces of infrastructure with unforeseen effects causing other small pieces to malfunction.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your developers more--not just from direct managers. Many achievements and successes are glossed over when a simple "good job" email to a direct contributor would do wonders.

  7. Helpful (9)

    "Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at comiXology

    Pros

    Honestly can not think of many.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. No clear vision. Avoid.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "A lot of potential, but no idea how to execute on it."

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    Former Employee - Tech in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at comiXology

    Pros

    The positives of working for comixology are somewhat obvious. You get some access to free digital comics if you are into that sort of thing, the employee culture is good, even if the management culture is not, and you are working for Amazon, so if you have a tremendous amount of personal drive and fortitude, you may be able to parlay a job at comixology to a job elsewhere within Amazon but it won't be easy. The CEO...

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    Cons

    The single biggest issue at this company is that virtually everyone in senior management -- except the CEO -- has no idea what they are doing. They do not understand the business they are in, decisions are made on the basis of either "CYA" or "Amazon is doing this so we have to do it too." Don't look for any leadership or direction from the management team as there isn't any to be found. Any ideas -- rare as they...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be Amazon. Hire Sr managers who actually understand the business and what customers actually want. The spirit of innovation is all but gone and is really no longer fostered. The new direction is simply "do what Amazon is doing" right up to re-using things that other Amazon teams have done with little to no room for anything new or unique.

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Decent Place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at comiXology

      Pros

      Great people in the office

      Cons

      Owned by Amazon, NO ONE in Seattle will know you exist. If you think this is your chance to work for Amazon, you are wrong

      Advice to Management

      Spin back off away from Amazon

    • Helpful (9)

      "Still scarred"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at comiXology full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      There were free bagels on Wednesdays but even that was used as a guilt tactic by management.

      Cons

      Exploited young employees looking for an opportunity to follow their passion for comics were crushed into slave wages and tedious work. Ambition was poison as there is no room to grow and creativity was viewed as a threat to culture. Management was willfully ignorant of the community and products they were serving and valued political mind games over hard work and knowledge. Incompetent employees in favored departments...

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      Advice to Management

      The problems felt so deeply ingrained I'm not sure what could be done. I tried my hardest to eight some wrongs but felt that the resistance against my ideas was coming from a power struggle with management. I believe some early issues with employees tainted their view and it made me feel that I was approached with distrust or that they felt I had a secret agenda, which was giving me too much credit. Don't treat employees...

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