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Company with great principles though much of the great work has already been done

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Bangalore (India)
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bangalore (India)

Pros

1. Great leadership.
2. Awesome principles and strategy
3. Technical stack is the best in the market and top notch engineers
4. Love for technology and costumer obsession.

Cons

1. Frugal strategy. Very low perks to employees compared to all the other top technical companies
2. The technical stack is already been designed and very stable. This reduces the learning opportunities available in other small technical firms.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to create more learning opportunity and a little low stress on deliverables

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Amazon.com

  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Good people, interesting work, global impact.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    + Fascinating work
    + Immediate global impact
    + Folks are generally motivated, smart, and capable.
    + Scale.

    Cons

    - Company is so cheap it's insane. Devs are forced to buy your own hardware in many cases. Amazon pays $250k / year for an senior engineer, and then provides a $399 laptop and won't upgrade it for 3 years. No dual monitors. The list goes on and on. It's insane and frankly just stupid.
    - On-Call. This is core to Amazon, and is really a huge place of indescribable suckage.
    - Mysterious review process. Just as bizarre and opaque as Microsoft's.
    - Parking. There is none. Amazon doesn't pay much towards it, so you're stuck paying out of pocket.
    - Starting Vacation is 2 weeks, no exceptions. Coming from MSFT I had 5 weeks / year.
    - No tuition reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Frugality is one thing, but stupid is another. Buy modern hardware and software for folks who need it.
    2. Figure out how to treat employee's better. Parking.
    3. Competitive benefits package, especially around vacation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company to work at

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

    Pros

    Most processes in place do work as you would expect and there is little bureaucracy. There is also room for new ideas and proposals as well as many self-service tools and resources.

    Cons

    Coaching is not as good as you would expect. Once you enter you are basically on your own. It is up to you to identify a model and the opportunities. Motivation is also up to you. Amazon will invest in your ideas if you can prove they are worthy and back them with real data which means that your initiatives are something you will have to work on during your weekends or spare time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some more coaching and career guidance would be appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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