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Your peers are smart, but the culture is harsh

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Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Amazon hires very smart people. Getting hired is hard, but you will work with some of the brightest engineers out there.

The total compensation is nice. Do not flinch at having part of your compensation be RSUs. Even if stock price goes down, your compensation will be adjusted. Because Amazon sees RSU as part of the compensation, they will fix it with market fluctuations. There really is only upside. No, you won't retire on RSU....won't buy a house....maybe a nice car is stock goes through the roof.

Cons

The culture is one that encourages harsh behavior. If you present an idea or argument and can't back it up with data or facts - prepare to be humiliated. I tend to see folks last < 1 year or more than 5 years. In other words, you either are cut out for this environment or you're not.

The more senior the position (as management or as an individual contributor) the more aggressive you need to be.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Fast growing company with room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Onsite Medical Representative in Columbia, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Onsite Medical Representative in Columbia, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    Multi-billion dollar company that is relatively new. Plenty of room to climb the corporate ladder. They count two years of Amazon experience as a bachelors degree.

    Cons

    Corporate BS, but hey, what job doesn't have that

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    Free health insurance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Work Hard. Play Hard.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Amazon is a great company to work for. I think the casual business environment really increases employee productivity - there is no judgment, you can throw on a pair of jeans and head to work so long as you are raising the bar. You are expected to be a go-getter, and be able to handle ambiguity. This company is meant for those who want to continuously be challenged and provide actionable insight.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work long days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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