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

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

a lot of growth, talented work source, above average benefit

Cons

a lot of work, overtime, lack of work and life balance

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you can embrace the culture and work with others.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Some of the smartest and passionate people you will meet. When Amazon talks about putting the customer first, it is not just talk. The entire focus of every team is figuring out how to serve their immediate customers better which in turn can be very exciting. The influence that a single person can have is great as high performers are able to take control of their career and do what they wish with it.

    Cons

    Some of the Microsoft-esque HR policies are infuriating. Pay is highly dependent on job family, which is silly when they encourage individuals to have an impact, regardless of job title/family.

    The pay is not always going to be market level, especially if the stock is not doing well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the job family guidelines for top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Innovative company, smart people, no work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Category Leader in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Category Leader in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Amazon employs the best and the brightest, the culture is metrics-driven and employees are given autonomy and empowered to make decisions.

    Cons

    The Director-level management and above simply do not care how many hours you work or about development. They are managers, not leaders. Many of them lack a simple understanding of how to select, hire, and retain talent. Nor do they care. They rely on Amazon’s stock performance as a retention method. The review process is a forced-ranking cage-match, therefore peers are more interested in highlighting their wins and trying to tank others in order to get ahead. It’s an unhealthy, toxic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the value of productive employees with industry knowledge instead of hiring “smart people to figure it out”. MIT grads don’t’ have practical experience and are often not effective. Smart people often reinvent the wheel. Learn what systems should be developed in-house vs. leveraging something already existing in the market place. You are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for dev teams to invent something that is already in the marketplace, with better functionality. Create succession plans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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