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Joined with high hopes, couldn't keep up my spirit for long

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Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer  in  Hyderābād (India)
Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

Pros

Good Compensation
Opportunity to work on great open source technologies
Leadership Principles (only if you team believes in them)
You can disagree with you manager

Cons

Your manager can not disagree with his manager and hence you have to do whatever your manager's manager asks you to do.
Very poor work life balance.
Working for long hours is not considered to be a stretch but as an expected contribution.
If you are unlucky enough to have a weak manager, you would be eclipsed by the whims of your senior manager.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to understand the feasibility of any initiative before forcing it over your subordinates.
Be practical, not egoistic.
Be open to ideas even if they are against your strongest convictions.

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great company if you're a cultural fit

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Rapid growth
    Strong leadership
    Lots of opportunities to grow and work on exciting projects
    Amazon culture (if you're a good fit)

    Cons

    None of the usual tech perks (e.g. free lunch, etc.) - in fact, frugality is a core tenet
    Promotions are a reward for having done the level up job, not a prerequisite to doing the job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very mixed range of skillset, experience, and intelligence

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The smart ones are some of the smartest teammates you will ever have
    - You WILL learn a lot
    - you get paid like a boss coming right out of school

    Cons

    - The dumb ones are some of the dumbest people you will encounter (and may drag you down with them)
    - Every once a while, you may be put on a nasty project. sometimes by yourself. sometimes without any help, but they have expectations that you'll finish. early.
    - you will have to wear a pager and be on call some time (some teams have light schedules, with one week per every 4 months, but some teams make you go on call one of every 3 weeks)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let someone be a manager just because they have been there for 10+ years. if they're not fit, it's time to recognize that and either add someone else or just swap him. Horrible Management means capped creativity (which kills a product innovation team)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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