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Push yourself to the limits while dealing with stretched goals

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

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

Pros

Amazon promotes leadership skills to every job type and level. It sets clear guidelines as to what is expected out of one's job role to become a good leader. Amazon values its culture fit and put a lot of efforts in hiring people who resonates with these leadership principles. Goal setting is pretty aggressive and pushes people to their limit to achieve that goal.
For a young software engineer Amazon has all that is needed to grow in the industry and excel in her career.

Cons

Work-Life balance couldn't be maintained all the time since Goals are aggressive. It is in the philosophy to have stretched Goals (and not easy goals) so everybody is under more or less stress. One has to handle this stress in order to survive in Amazon.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Giving good compensation and focusing on employees' workplace satisfaction would help the employees cope up with this increased stress. Somehow Amazon's higher management does not seem to value its employees' well being. This reflects in poor workplace amenities in various offices in comparison to other big companies like Google or Facebook. Frugality is taken to its extreme in this sense. People leave the company when they cannot cope up with the stress though the work they get may be challenging and satisfying.

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    I would go back anytime

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Munich (Germany)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Munich (Germany)

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

    Pros

    I have learned a lot from Amazon. There is a lot of innovation there and I could image to go back any time.

    Cons

    There is one thing that I did not like at all. It is the performance reviews process and specially the calibration that was done by some people that had no idea of the team members of a group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend so much time with performance reviews

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Work, Work and have no fun, life

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

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

    Pros

    Amazon will let you bring your pet to work. The dress code is very casual. The downtown area where headquarters are located is beautiful.

    Cons

    This company has grown so fast, it has placed incapable individuals in high and mid level management roles, that makes things very stressful day to day. Managers only care to blame someone to cover their own shortcomings. The work atmosphere is anything but fun it feels like a sweatshop. There are too many managers and very few employees who do the actual work. Most people working there are impulsive, irritated and burnt out from overwork. It is not a family oriented company, work days are very long and stretch into weekends, one person’s work load normally equates to 2-3 people’s worth of workload, if someone complains about workload, they are told that everyone around here works 2-3 people’s worth of work, so go back and work harder. Eventually, everyone burns out and looks for better jobs elsewhere. This causes a constant churn of employees, new people are constantly being brought in and there’s never a stable team.
    Moreover, there is no recognition of employees. Even after delivering stuff, there is hardly any feeling of achievement because it is not attributed to employees and they are not recognized.
    Too many layers of managers who do nothing but micro manage their employees and play dirty politics. The annual review process is completely flawed, it favors connected and old timers over the new employee. Pay raises are very low to none, promotions are only given to people who are not qualified but are well connected to the top. This company has such an excellent customer service for outside customers but it has most terrible service for the "inside” employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees as disposable assets, you do not have to constantly recruit people, treat your employees well and they will stay longer with the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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