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Wonderful company culture, pretty good pay and benefits, chance of poor work/life balance

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)

Pros

Everyone at Amazon is smart and fun to work with and do not subscribe to the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) that plagues software so big ideas can be followed through on. Compensation is generous with a salary, signing bonus, and restricted stock units. Hard work seems to rewarded with promotions and stock options, I have not been at the company long enough to have had my own experience with this.

Cons

Different teams at Amazon have wildly different experiences, which range from poor to awesome. Some teams have operational issues that basically turn their SDE's into highly paid support engineers that grinds software development to a halt and destroys work life balance due to every SDE having occasional 24-hour "on-call" duties. This is not the case on my current team, but definitely a risk for anyone taking a job at Amazon.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire support engineers. SDE's maintaining their own software to promote quality sounds like a good idea, except employee turnover and role changing is high enough that most of the bad software teams are supporting was created by someone else.

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    Software development engineer for amazon

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, scalable systems and pet friendly

    Cons

    I like the culture so there are no pros.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst job I had

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You have chance to learn new things

    Cons

    Amazon is a good place for young people but not experienced engineers.

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