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Intense, dysfunctional, yet satisfying

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros

- Strong, customer-focused culture
- Work with brilliant and motivated talent
- Decent compensation (as long as stock keeps defying gravity)
- High degree of ownership, feel like you can make a difference

Cons

- Micromanagement culture
- Senior leaders don't speak plainly, expect you to mind read
- Challenging work-life balance

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Set clear and aggressive goals and expectations, then get out of the way. The micromanagement and death by status meeting is a growing problem...

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    Be Prepared to Never See Your Family and Friends Again

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Obscene signing bonuses, great stock offers, lots of opportunity to move up and over, fast-paced

    Cons

    No support for work-life balance, grueling 70-80 hour weeks are pretty standard, benefits definitely sub-par relative to Microsoft/Google/Nordstrom, high attrition means disruptive turnover, parking is a nightmare. Oh and you can forget about Christmas - you'll be at the office like everybody else.

    I was actually told by my GM that "Amazon deliberately under-resources teams in order to squeeze innovation and automation from employees." No concern for employee health and well being whatsoever. I saw many people quit because of stress-related health conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and let employees have lives outside the office. Retaining talent means investing in more than just employee output - it means treating employees like human beings, not machines. No one can work 80 hours a week ad infinitum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 17 people found this helpful  

    Slave ship of infinite sadness

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    One thing you can count on is that your coworkers will be very intelligent people. The culture encourages being objective, courteous, and precise. This goes a long way in making the day-to-day challenges seem solvable. Where some companies are "too big to change," Amazon is constantly adapting to new knowledge and is improvising its strategies. Jeff is an awesome CEO. He truly propagates his influence through every aspect of the business and he has a sharp eye for quality.

    Cons

    Morale is dismal. Amazon does not integrate people - it consumes people. You will be worked to death, and mostly because the "development tools" need you more than you need them. From the outside, and while interviewing, you will hear a lot about how Amazon prides itself in intelligent design and has the highest standards for software engineering. Once you get on the inside though, everything is a hasty, hacky, brute-force solution, built on a long history of such solutions. The result is that there are tools out the wazoo - tools for everything, hundreds of them. The ultimate outcome is that you will spend about 80% of your Amazon career trying to find your dependencies, trying to find documentation, and then writing new tools to make your tools work. What Microsoft solved for by creating Visual Studio and the .NET framework, Amazon solves for by asking you to work until your eyes bleed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't leave it to your employees to report anything to you that they won't be rewarded for. Take the initiative of keeping your team communicating at a high level of trust. Design "yes" and "no" answers out of your team conversations. Unless questions are extremely precise, "yes" and "no" cater to assumptions, misunderstanding, and misguided politics. Where there is clarity, there will be morale, and morale will deliver the results that you really want.

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    Approves of CEO
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