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Pretty mediocre company for which to work

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA (US)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

Pros

Nothing special, really. An advantage is that you can push hard for something, and if you're willing to put in the time, you will be able to get it done. If you've got the energy, drive, and chutzpah, you can do well here, but this is a production environment, don't expect cutting edge.

Pay is good.

Cons

Amazon is basically a big store with a huge web presence. Don't expect anything really exciting to happen here. Although, occasionally, something may pop out.

When you work here, consider yourself a cog. The catch-phrase is something like "a good software developer can do anything." What this means, in practice, is that everyone seems to be working on stuff they are not particularly good at. If there is a need to deal with a web scalability problem, there may be someone two desks down who may be an expert on server scalability, but is instead working on UI. No effort seems to be made to fit people with their strengths.

Amazon's emphasis on frugality makes it so the work environment is not particularly pleasant. Be prepared to work in a "start up" work environment with power cords hanging from the ceiling, cheap desks, no partitions, etc.

A real issue with the frugality mindset is that Amazon tries to develop on a shoestring. The build procedures are poorly planned, and tools are pretty primitive. Most infrastructure groups are woefully understaffed and it shows. Because the infrastructure is so poor, developers can expect to spend more time dealing with infrastructure issues (such as build issues) than in other companies. So much time is wasted dealing with issues like this, that you can expect to work overtime just to get a normal amount of work done.

Lastly, benefits are not great.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Fast paced, Challenging

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced, start up feel, loads of work to do
    Very hands on evironment
    Cloud is the next big thing to be in!

    Cons

    No particular cons to note - the pros should give an idea of the work environment

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    ok company to work for but if you are for the large scale operations experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    experience, smart people, guinness in royal oak

    Cons

    frugality, politics, immutable managers, call center feeling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be less frugal, listen to people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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