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Great company!

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Current Employee - Sales Representative in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
Current Employee - Sales Representative in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

Pros

good employer with good chances

Cons

salary and bonuses are not too high

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cog in a machine

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    Current Employee - Packer in Swansea, Wales
    Current Employee - Packer in Swansea, Wales

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

    Pros

    It's a job in these hard times. Ideal for 'nazi' types - plenty of jobsworths in charge of drones.

    Cons

    Packing in the 'Fulfillment Centre' has to be one of the worst jobs going, it's like being in a work camp - be prepared to stand (a sit down for a minute is forbidden) for 4 hours solid before the break. This break is meant to be 30 minutes BUT the queue for the security barrier - which goes off for everyone (teeth fillings?) and the long walk back to your station results in about 20 minutes. Another three and half hours standing, questioned as to where you've been if you go to the loo (where would you go as you're not allowed out?) or only being spoken to when told you need to up your speed to meet targets. There's no incentive to speed up unless you count being able to keep the job because you will be given 'points' if you fail - 3 points in a 3 month period results in a disciplinary. Then the queue to clock out and negotiate security plus the long walk to the overflow carpark adds another 20+ minutes to your day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like human beings - no reason not to bearing in mind the money Amazon makes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 21 people found this helpful  

    Competitive Selfish Culture

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    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Great brand name that is recognised globally, it's likely you'll work with some of the most driven and smart people you're likely to encounter. This in turn can rub off on you and enable you to raise your game, at a cost.

    Cons

    Amazon has the most selfish, individualistic culture of any business I have worked for. The working environment in Slough is down right unpleasant, over-cramped and dirty offices based in a down at heel area of town. The brand name is clearly able to attract some very smart people all hoping to get on the gravy train, but as the business has grown, the culture has become less friendly. Tenured employees are not appreciated and employees in general are entirely disposable. I have never worked with so many people that will happily stab each other in the back (or front) to get ahead. There is no fostering of team spirit or taking a genuine interest in people. No-one seems to have any life outside of work or take any interest in each other as individuals. There is absolutely no investment in talent management, talent development, or CSR. I find this unbelievable in a company the size of Amazon. The HR department contains the most useless group of individuals I have encountered, who seem to do little more than help manage people out of the business.

    To survive at Amazon (and that is what you'll do... survive) you have to become an unquestioning drone, happy to work all the hours and meet all the demands on earth without reward or positive feedback. I find it hilarious the one of the leadership principles is 'disagree and commit', however doing so will get your card marked. I also find it hilarious that one of Amazon's 'peculiar ways' (of which there are many), is too not come across like the corporate borg. This place is more like the corporate borg than anywhere I have worked. Regimented leadership principles that you have to adhere to. Don't let wearing casual clothes to work fool you that you'll be playing table football in your lunch hour. 1. You wont get a lunch hour because the business is too frugal (tight) to hire enough staff. 2. There is nowhere to eat your lunch other than your desk, because the deli handling nine floors of employees is tiny. 3. Should you be able to get out for lunch, you have the delights of Slough high street to contend with.

    I think the thing that is most depressing, is that the business is doing extremely well in these uncertain times, and yet there is no celebration of this, no lightheartedness, no fun. Just a relentless drive for growth with people under ridiculous amounts of pressure, trampling over each other to get ahead and sticking to cliques in order to survive. It's depressing that people have to act in such a selfish manner to succeed, and depressing to think that you have to abandon your principles to stay afloat..

    It is easy to get sucked into the business and try and meet the ridiculous expectations and pressure you will be placed under, but the business can suck you dry if you let it, and spit you out without a thought. There is a very unpleasant core to Amazon.

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to say, Amazon is too smart for this to happen by accident. The business is exactly as it wants to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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