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Intense company. Intelligent and dedicated people

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Stock keeps going up :)
Get to learn a lot from team mates.
Great managers (for the most part)
You can take on as much responsibility as you want and grow.
Chance to be part of one of the fastest growing 100Billion company

Cons

on call
job can be stress full at times
a lot of people are workaholics which pushes everyone to work harder and harder

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get support engineers for all teams. There is no good justification for hiring expensive software engineers and making them do support work. Build better internal tools for SDEs (this is improving quite a bit, but there is a ways to go)

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great if you love constant competition

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    Former Employee - Vendor Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the ability to impact your business quickly and in an action oriented way
    smart talented people; some of the smartest I've ever worked with
    good benefits

    Cons

    constant competition breeds need for everyone to want to be 'right' in the room and be the first person with the answer
    stack ranking of employees during review time weeding out good or great employees because not everyone can have a great review statistically
    lack of expectation for management to actually do a good job managing. Working out issues is the employees problem
    24 x7 workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop stack ranking your employees and breeding an environment of constant competition. Eventually you will crush your innovation

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Better than your average sweat shop!

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Very sharp people, cutting edge (with some blood flowing). Excellent hiring bonus. There are excellent "pockets" of staff -- but they tend to be the exception and not the rule.

    Cons

    Still suffers from high turnover with staff. Lack of significant experience in management result in a lot of pro-forma decisions and little empathy. There is a general feeling that employees are temporary (and will voluntarily or involuntarily move on) once they slip out of the top 40% of performers. Most recruits are straight from University and as a result, tend to be accepting of abuse that is common in grad schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your IT people growth -- Amazon profit margin is dropping towards negative fast. Shareholders may push for cuts -- and IT personnel costs is a big target. If you do any IT layoffs, this may result in the best moving on quickly elsewhere....

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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