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

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

ProsEveryone 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.

ConsDifferent 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for start up meets big company

    Senior Manager With Development (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Very innovative, very start up and very smart people. You must be on top… Cons: Very relentless, high pressure, fast burnout. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Work Hard, Play Hard

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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


    Pros: Creative environment, smart team-mates, exciting projects and challenges, autonomy Cons: Can be high-pressure, benefits could be better Advice to Senior Management: Your employees most likely thrive in this fast-paced, high pressure environment. … Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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