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sad place to be

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

learn a lot of advanced distributed system technologies and see it work at super large scale

Cons

pager duty, heavy work load, low compensation

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, lots of old stuff

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazon can be a great place to work depending on how you want to job to be and where you want to go with your career. There are lots of great opportunities but the job is frequently rough.
    - fun culture
    - lots of interesting work
    - company is currently heading a great direction

    Cons

    - some teams have LOTS of legacy baggage
    - resistance to change
    - huge amounts of time spent on operations
    - you should know you'll be carrying a pager around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They're In a tough spot. A little too tactical i.e. micromanaging sometimes. Management might want to step back a little bit and put some trust in engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I enjoyed working there, but in the end, had other opportunities to tend to.

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Irving, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Irving, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Large company. Lots of opportunity with Kaizen and process improvement. Plenty of autonomy as a manager.

    Cons

    Long, long, long hours during the holiday season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My only real issue was that I had things I enjoyed doing outside the company. As an actor, I had a role come up around peak season that needed me for four weeks starting in late November. I had the vacation and personal time to cover it, but it just wasn't possible. Wish I could have worked around it, but the opportunity was too great for me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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