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Very mixed range of skillset, experience, and intelligence

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros

- The smart ones are some of the smartest teammates you will ever have
- You WILL learn a lot
- you get paid like a boss coming right out of school

Cons

- The dumb ones are some of the dumbest people you will encounter (and may drag you down with them)
- Every once a while, you may be put on a nasty project. sometimes by yourself. sometimes without any help, but they have expectations that you'll finish. early.
- you will have to wear a pager and be on call some time (some teams have light schedules, with one week per every 4 months, but some teams make you go on call one of every 3 weeks)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't let someone be a manager just because they have been there for 10+ years. if they're not fit, it's time to recognize that and either add someone else or just swap him. Horrible Management means capped creativity (which kills a product innovation team)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Area Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Good salary, Fair opportunity for advancement, smart people

    Cons

    Unfair manager rating systems. Popularity contests, too much of a "ME, ME, ME" culture where people try to exceed at the expense of their peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more consistent and look at merits rather than popularity

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Take Google's engineering scale, mix Apple's customer satisfaction focus, and you get Amazon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    For an engineer, not excited about the roller-coaster ride in a start-up, it cannot get any better than Amazon. You will get to work of technologies that need to scale to cater million if customer, and hundreds of million requests made by these customers. With AWS as backbone, and working with tons of in-house and open source technologies, you will gain invaluable experience, which ensure both technical and financial growth. The companies motto of being frugal and passing the saving to the customer will ensure you always come up with the right engineering solution to problem.

    Cons

    Good pay, but not a lot of extra perks. Limited financial growth at the company, but it prepares you for good financial growth outside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest a bit more in employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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