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Fast-paced energic company with complex architecture

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

Pros

I work with some of the best engineers that I've seen. Company not too hierarchical. Good work is highly recognized. Ideas are listened to. Technical decisions are made with careful analysis.

Cons

Too many meetings. Too much email. Open space. Frugality. Sometimes work is not very engaging. Suffers from being too large. Internal tools sometimes a nightmare to work with. Specialization is difficult. Too much on-call duty.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest on better tools, with better documentation. Deprecate old things. Strive for good simple designs. Encourage specialization.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Amazingly Intelligent People but No Work Life Balance

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    * Learn from the best
    * Plenty of opportunity to move around - (If you last long enough)
    * Decent to Good Compensation - (but maybe not so much if you divide by the number of hours you work.)
    * Compensation is good related to cost of living in Seattle

    Cons

    * No work life balance. Working long hours, 12 plus a day, is common and a badge of honor.
    * Working holidays and weekends is common - especially Thanksgiving and Christmas - but ofcourse this is a commerce company.
    * Turnover rate is pretty high. Average employee lasts 1.5 years
    * Lots of burnt-out employees.
    * "It is what it is" is a common phrase heard around the company when asking employees if they like the long hours.
    * Very competitive work culture. Lots of nice people but most don't have much time to give guidance.
    * Bad documentation and little training make it difficult to get up to speed. Be prepared to have lots of work and responsibility thrown at you from day one.
    * Culture of frugality means little investment in employee training and perks.
    *

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Invest in training and mentorship as there are many good, smart employees willing to work the long hours if given guidance and support
    * Try and achieve work life balance as happy employees tend to be more productive and dedicated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Not a happy place

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot.
    There are some great people here.
    South Lake Union is lovely.

    Cons

    You will be thrown under the bus.
    Amazon is notoriously cheap.
    There is no work/life balance.
    Appreciation is rare.
    Too many Microsofties are creeping into the company.
    Amazon's innovative culture combined with Microsofties who punish innovation creates a strangely schizophrenic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't matter; you won't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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