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Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
3,528 Reviews

3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development (in 101 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 306 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 540 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 125 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Innovative business, tough on employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter  in  South Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in South Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    -Top etail site in the U.S. & much of the world = great talent, awesome brand
    -Very smart, hard-working people

    Cons

    -Management often takes a back seat to customer obsession = some teams are very poorly run
    -Insane work hours if you want to succeed
    -Low tolerance for collaboration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best job out there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investigation Specialist - I  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Investigation Specialist - I in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Good relaxed environment;
    Well laid out HR policies;

    Cons

    Employees are treated as resources;
    Low Compensations;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    For beginner's OK. Not for senior people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    If you are fresh out of college, you can learn a lot in a short time and get the name on your resume.

    Cons

    Long hours, legacy codebase and lack of documentation. Burnt out in a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few products and services Spending your energy in so different areas results in mediocre quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good depending on team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TPM  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - TPM in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    fun work, smart people, good office location

    Cons

    stress, time commitment, argumentative expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for personal growth and reduce hour commitments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent Experience with both Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Agressive go getter work culture. Good growth oppurtunties. Good Brand name to be associatd with

    Cons

    Bad Work life balance and pace and profiles are restrictive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Experience heavily depends on team and what you put in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    -Flexibility to do work that immediately goes into production
    -Ship things quickly
    -Helpful teammates
    -Linux (and macs)! Seriously, this is a huge plus. unix tools > everything

    I really enjoyed being able to work on a lot of projects and seeing them go live. You could literally build stuff and ship on the same day.

    Cons

    -Because we ship so quickly, oftentimes there are issues overlooked
    -Experience highly depends on the quality of your team
    -More hours=more rewards for learning, but little rewards from management that is often biased towards friends
    -Personal growth 100% in your own hands - manager does little to help

    This really bugs me. The range of experiences really depends on the team you end up on. If you end up on a team with very few coding standards, lack of good SDE's, a manager who doesn't reward people properly, and lack of technical understanding in the team overall - and these teams are out there in bunches - then expect to have a really mediocre experience, even if you put in the shifts. At some point, when you are critical for every project your team owns, some teams can be very demanding by having you on-call 24/7 - if at any point something related to that breaks, they will call you, regardless of who's on-call.

    Also, be wary of managerial nepotism. Some teams aren't entirely meritocratic. Managers might just promote/rewards people they are friends with/most senior, NOT who has contributed the most to the team growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to root out some management layers that are nepotic or outright incompetent. Need to be critical of people if they make mistakes, even if they're friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    it was a great work place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Picking  in  Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Picking in Louisville, KY (US)

    Pros

    pays good very good work place and great co-workers

    Cons

    on your feet all day

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Accounting organization will work you like crazy.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    Exposure to diverse business lines, best practices and solid leadership training.

    Cons

    Performance expectation are very high--there's no amount of hours you can work and feel like you're 'caught up'. You can't pick your new hires, have little say in what level your new hire should be, and it takes months to fill a role. Promotion and pay raise structure are labyrinthine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accounting has ceded any role in business decisions. It makes for a boring, tedious job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots to learn.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    1. Good learning experience
    2. Very fast paced environment with lots of tools to learn .

    Cons

    People in management do not treat people with that much respect but do their job well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It Transformation Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best CEO in the world

    Cons

    Best Customer Service in the worls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the Customer service

    Approves of CEO

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