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Great place to gain varied experience

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

- High Hiring Bar
- Your career is your responsibility
- Gain a lot of experience in a short time
- Autonomy is readily granted (just keep on track with your annual goals)
- Great place for recent graduates to start careers

Cons

- Need to wear a lot of hats
- Review process is short and intense
- Some managers have little time to advise career development
- High pressure environment with long hours expected (work-life balance can be difficult)

Not a con, more of a note of advice:
One needs to keep skills and qualifications on par or above the current hiring bar. Even with hard work and dedication, one can become no longer be qualified for the current job easily. Keep note of the qualifications of new colleagues and strive to equal them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Push the mentor program. Since mentors have chosen to volunteer their time to help others, employees might find it easier get career development help. Senior execs tell employees to contact their managers for career advice, however managers are usually very busy just keeping up and may not have time available.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Area manager seasonal contract work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay I thought was above average
    hours - was perfect 4 -10 hr shifts

    Cons

    Lack of communication between managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicated with managers before so everyone is not telling employees to do different things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not for people who want to slide by in life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Sourcer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    -No micromanagement. Everyone is encouraged to do their job the way they think will be the most productive. You're free to be creative in order to be successful!
    -Great culture. Dogs, jeans, high-fives, gongs, and some of the smartest people I've ever met!
    -This is by far the most innovative, progressive, and collaborative business I've had the pleasure of working for. I'm blown away at this huge corporation's ability to function like a start-up.
    -Upper management is very involved in all day-to-day processes. It's a flatter organization than most.

    Cons

    -It's hard work. Every day.
    -The organization is ever-changing which makes it difficult to "get used to" your job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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