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Push yourself to the limits while dealing with stretched goals

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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 (more than 3 years)

Pros

Amazon promotes leadership skills to every job type and level. It sets clear guidelines as to what is expected out of one's job role to become a good leader. Amazon values its culture fit and put a lot of efforts in hiring people who resonates with these leadership principles. Goal setting is pretty aggressive and pushes people to their limit to achieve that goal.
For a young software engineer Amazon has all that is needed to grow in the industry and excel in her career.

Cons

Work-Life balance couldn't be maintained all the time since Goals are aggressive. It is in the philosophy to have stretched Goals (and not easy goals) so everybody is under more or less stress. One has to handle this stress in order to survive in Amazon.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Giving good compensation and focusing on employees' workplace satisfaction would help the employees cope up with this increased stress. Somehow Amazon's higher management does not seem to value its employees' well being. This reflects in poor workplace amenities in various offices in comparison to other big companies like Google or Facebook. Frugality is taken to its extreme in this sense. People leave the company when they cannot cope up with the stress though the work they get may be challenging and satisfying.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 14 people found this helpful  

    Worst 'A' Grade company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    - You get a good salary while joining
    - You got to work on high scalable and smart systems
    - Good blend of technologies and automated systems.

    Cons

    - No work life balance at all, upper management expects you to work on weekends
    - On-call is terrible (a 24x7 support engineer with a pager to clean the crap)
    - Even though the notice period is 1 month, managers will try to delay and hold you, almost mentally harass you to serve for around 2 months (Myself has seen at least 4 such cases with different teams). I don't understand whether AMZN gives special training to managers to torture their employees.
    - Expect promotion once in 4 yrs (6 yrs for some ppl), unless you are good in hypocrisy and politics. There will always a carrot to lure you till you finally give up and leave the company. Forget about awarding, you will figure out that the job is not even rewarding.
    - Hikes are not impressive unless you get some good amount of stocks.
    - One lesson: A customer centric company is rarely employee friendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Appreciate work done by employees
    - Respect employee's personal commitments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 15 people found this helpful  

    Work, Work and have no fun, life

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

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazon will let you bring your pet to work. The dress code is very casual. The downtown area where headquarters are located is beautiful.

    Cons

    This company has grown so fast, it has placed incapable individuals in high and mid level management roles, that makes things very stressful day to day. Managers only care to blame someone to cover their own shortcomings. The work atmosphere is anything but fun it feels like a sweatshop. There are too many managers and very few employees who do the actual work. Most people working there are impulsive, irritated and burnt out from overwork. It is not a family oriented company, work days are very long and stretch into weekends, one person’s work load normally equates to 2-3 people’s worth of workload, if someone complains about workload, they are told that everyone around here works 2-3 people’s worth of work, so go back and work harder. Eventually, everyone burns out and looks for better jobs elsewhere. This causes a constant churn of employees, new people are constantly being brought in and there’s never a stable team.
    Moreover, there is no recognition of employees. Even after delivering stuff, there is hardly any feeling of achievement because it is not attributed to employees and they are not recognized.
    Too many layers of managers who do nothing but micro manage their employees and play dirty politics. The annual review process is completely flawed, it favors connected and old timers over the new employee. Pay raises are very low to none, promotions are only given to people who are not qualified but are well connected to the top. This company has such an excellent customer service for outside customers but it has most terrible service for the "inside” employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees as disposable assets, you do not have to constantly recruit people, treat your employees well and they will stay longer with the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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