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You Are a Replacement Part

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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 full-time for more than a year

Pros

Get hands dirty on work millions use on daily bases. Unlike Microsoft, this company across the lake does ship code.

Cons

1. Very twisted compensation package. You are evaluated based on salary+stock, which should be 'given' although not vested, but the management sees that as 'you are well compensated' and would give away next to nothing for the hard work next year.

2. Terrible on-call. It's really a nightmare. Work-life balance is as bad as the worst story your friend told you. IT'S ALL TRUE.

3. Very bad benefit package. But you knew it when you got the offer, so can't complain too much about it.

4. Middle management is not transparent at all. You see the tree but not the forest. Sometimes they'd lie about promotion/compensation to get you work extra on top of already overloaded work-life balance. But it could be just my case.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Upper management has great vision and the direction is great.

Please treat your employees well. They are NOT replacement part. Being frugal is ridiculously emphasized. You can keeping hiring people with high turnover rate now, but this is not right. Bezos said 'kindness is a choice' during his Princeton speech, well, 'kindness' is definitely the choice Amazon chose to treat its employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
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    Good people, interesting work, global impact.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    + Fascinating work
    + Immediate global impact
    + Folks are generally motivated, smart, and capable.
    + Scale.

    Cons

    - Company is so cheap it's insane. Devs are forced to buy your own hardware in many cases. Amazon pays $250k / year for an senior engineer, and then provides a $399 laptop and won't upgrade it for 3 years. No dual monitors. The list goes on and on. It's insane and frankly just stupid.
    - On-Call. This is core to Amazon, and is really a huge place of indescribable suckage.
    - Mysterious review process. Just as bizarre and opaque as Microsoft's.
    - Parking. There is none. Amazon doesn't pay much towards it, so you're stuck paying out of pocket.
    - Starting Vacation is 2 weeks, no exceptions. Coming from MSFT I had 5 weeks / year.
    - No tuition reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Frugality is one thing, but stupid is another. Buy modern hardware and software for folks who need it.
    2. Figure out how to treat employee's better. Parking.
    3. Competitive benefits package, especially around vacation.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working in the Fulfillment Center

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    Current Employee - Trainer  in  West Columbia, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Trainer in West Columbia, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    There will always be work for you to do and you have the opportunity to learn different process paths if your area is slow.

    Cons

    People are treated like machines and numbers take precedent to anything else rather than customer obsession as the company claims. I find that operations and management are consistently inconsistent. I understand CAE 1 is a start up building but it should over the hump by now. Training is offered but managers are so number driven to where they won't even allow associates to complete their full training so they can hurry to get them on the floor to make a million mistakes, SMH.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage people effectively and goals will be met. Too much cut throat, dog eat dog atmosphere in the fc's but there is always room for improvement. A college degree DOES NOT make you an automatic manager, need to scrap that philosophy very quickly.

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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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