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12 people found this helpful  

Okay projects, bad work environment, terrible benefits

Software Development Engineer II (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

ProsProjects are interesting. You can get technical challenge with fellow software engineers. There're lots of smart people, here.

ConsWork environment is not great. In the beginning, A shared desk was assigned to me without cube. A small war-room kind of office with 7 software engineers and there's no privacy while others kept complaining about smell of my coffee. I've never been in this kind of atmosphere. It might only be my team but quite discouraged to be creative.
The benefit was even worse. In normal company, HMO is the cheapest plan but Amazon offers the most expensive HMO option and there's wierd plan of health fund. Health fund is okay for who doesn't go to see doctor more than 7 times per year but totally out of sense when you had family. Premium was already high but out of pocket cost for hospital is another story. 401k matching is very low and the company tries to get employee's patent idea for free while my previous company always paid for it. Parking reimbursement wasn't enough to drive your car to downtown. There's no ESPP. And so on..
There's no formal training except new hire orientation which took only half day. No education support. It seems like this company only want to use your knowledge and has no interest to develop it.
On call duty is also painful. You need to carry the pager and it might beep in the midnight and must respond it within 15 min or it'll be escalated to your manager, director, vp, ...

Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to care your employees as human being.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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6 people found this helpful  

Poor emphasis on employee development

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Seattle, WA (US)

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


Pros: Strong Focus on the customer Cons: Unclear management creates a chaotic environment to work in No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Not the best place to work

Area Manager (Current Employee)

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


Pros: Good relocation compensation. 3 days off. Cons: Amazon treats it's employees really poorly. You have no say in what shift you will work...you basically sell your soul to the company. Work extremely… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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