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7 people found this helpful  

Three years I'll never get back - and no I haven't been fired, I just wanna leave..

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Current Employee - Not Worth the Risk Revealing What I Do, They'll BE After Me!  in  Dudelange (Luxembourg)
Current Employee - Not Worth the Risk Revealing What I Do, They'll BE After Me! in Dudelange (Luxembourg)

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

Pros

Package WITH CAVEATS: The stock is pretty decent for the first couple of years, then it overperforms and you're like totally screwed ("it's not our fault we did so well" cry the fat cats)
Some people are really decent and they try super hard.

Cons

The tech is substandard, I mean it's hard sometimes to just get the basics done without raising ticket after ticket
The processes are ludicrous (and - worse - inefficient)
Complete diregard for people's lives - work and social (most of us are pretty young, we need to live a little outside of work - I see little of the 'work hard' ethic)
The salary is poor for such an expensive, dreary place to live

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Practice what you preach guys. It's about time to wake up and smell your substandard coffee: Amazon is no longer a startup but a (tenuously profitable, true) multi billion dollar business thats been around for almost 20 years. Stop hiding behind cool slogans and 'leadership principles' that you don't represent and use as an excuse not to spend money. Grow up. If you can't spend because profits are so poor, then rethink your strategy.

Doesn't Recommend
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Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great and exciting place to work!

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    A very strongly shared culture and ethos, great growth potential for the company and personally.
    A matrix organisation where you you can move between roles and teams based on merit and success rather than your CV.

    Cons

    Not many people are going to say "thank you" or "well done", you've got to take all the praise you can when you can!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you can embrace the culture and work with others.

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

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the smartest and passionate people you will meet. When Amazon talks about putting the customer first, it is not just talk. The entire focus of every team is figuring out how to serve their immediate customers better which in turn can be very exciting. The influence that a single person can have is great as high performers are able to take control of their career and do what they wish with it.

    Cons

    Some of the Microsoft-esque HR policies are infuriating. Pay is highly dependent on job family, which is silly when they encourage individuals to have an impact, regardless of job title/family.

    The pay is not always going to be market level, especially if the stock is not doing well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the job family guidelines for top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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