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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. 62 people found this helpful  

    Things to Keep in Mind before joining Amazon

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

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

    Pros

    so called brand - nothing else

    Cons

    # 1 -> Risky for outside hires
    You see Amazon recruiting all the time. Reason is high attrition not need for employees.
    Out of every 100 external hires, 30 quit before 1 year; 80 quit before 2nd year end and only 7% remain till the end of 4th year when the RSUs vest

    So if you are an outside hire chances are 0.3 that you will have to quit before 1 year denting your CV. Too high a risk

    # 2 -> Be ready to be micromanaged

    Jeff Bezos is a infamous micromanager. 90% of managers in Amazon micromanage. You will be told what to do - including fonts in word documents, type of excel to create, what type of comments to provide

    # 3 -> Nobody will care for you

    HR is non-existent in this company. Leadership principles are a big hoax. Only on paper, none followed. Managers interested only in furthering their own careers. No meaningful career discussions possible

    # 4 - > Career levels -> You will be below the ones that joined out of campus or stayed many years in Amazon by a drastic margin

    Career Levels in Amazon are:
    Level 4: SDE - 1
    Level 5: SDE - 2, TPM, Manager - II, Product Manager
    Level 6: SDE - 3, Sr Engineer, TPM-III, Manager-III, Sr Product Manager
    Level 7: Principal Engineer, Principal TPM, Senior Manager - Software Dev, Senior Manager - Product Management (They will camouflage this in the external market as "General Manager" to hoodwink ppl)
    Level 8: Director
    Level 10: VP (There is no level 9)
    Level 11: SVP
    Level 12; Bezos (CEO)

    For internal campus hires
    Level 4 - usually a SDE stays 2-3 years before making to Level - 5
    Level 5- Level 5 to 6 is tough and can take upto 3-5 years.
    level 6 to 7 is also 3-5 years

    For external hires (outsiders)
    Level 4: Folks with less than 4 years work ex OR with salary lower than max band of Level 4 will come here
    Level 5: Folks with salary less than max of Level 5 OR with upto 9-10 years are hired here
    Level 6: Folks with less than 15-16 years are hired here
    Level 7: need 15+

    So net-net if you are at level 6 outsider - you could be director at Travelocity while a campus hire can be there within 5 years
    VERY bad for outsiders

    A director at Yahoo may join at Level 7 and report to a joker with no ppl manager skills 10 years younger to him.
    (Associates team in Bangalore is one such team - worst to work for)

    # 5: Pay

    They design pay with base pay + sign on
    Sign-on is for first year and second year - it is a trick to ensure you run on treadmill for 2 years and your salary at beginning of 3rd year can be less than the first year if you are not promoted

    # 6: Recruiters lie
    Due to high hiring bar and bar raiser interviews, they reject most that interview. This means recruiters are under tremendous pressure to get candidates in. Some positions are open for 6-12 months and finaly moved back to Seattle.
    So recruiters lie left, right and center to get candidates in.
    Don't trust the recruiter

    #7: Lack of social etiquette
    It is Amazon's official line that since ppl are overworked they don't socialize and develop social etiquette. Typical Amazon manager (those who grow from within) are abrasive

    Net-net bad place to join for anyone experienced. Risks outweigh benefits.
    Infact unless they offer 3X pay (which they won't), not worth joining Amazon. Recommend this company to your worst enemy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and ethical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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
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