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

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

Pros

Amazon is a great entry place for engineers. A mix of some ability and some drive will get an entrant into the full engineering exposure at a fast pace. Most of the direct software managers have engineering backgrounds mostly as experienced engineers at the company they don't just know about the technology but will have insight into relative teams too.

Cons

Management ability is completely random. Many do not have the training or ability to manage. The rise by force of will culture leads to a culture of it's everyone's responsibility who has a certain level of competence to do everything. Organization makes no sense in that way.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Amazon India experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn but your growth depends a lot on the team you are hired to.

    Cons

    Very poor facilities. Should take more care of employees. Also the operations work is high which can be a turn-off for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the facilities and try to bring good work to India office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The unending barrage of work and stress are poorly mitigated by one retention method - monetary compensation.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Working at large scale, service oriented architecture, operational effectiveness, resume experience.

    Cons

    Dev ops percentage higher than actual development, high pressure, poor work-life balance, unfairly biased towards single employees without families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency both internally and externally, particularly with the open-source community. Amazon highly leverages open-source but rarely contributes anything back. The stack ranking system of performance reviews leads to unfair competitive practices, internally within the company. This needs to be overhauled. Stop throwing money at people to keep them in jobs they don't like. That satisfies short-term needs but does not work towards the long-term with regard to employee retention. Too much focus on business growth in terms of market share but less on product features that add customer value and contribute to customer retention. Far too little time and energy spent on developing employees, which is one of the supposed core leadership principles. Other leadership principles such as ownership are often a demonstration that some teams and individuals don't do their job, resulting in someone else "owning" it and being rewarded while there is little to no accountability for the lack of ownership that lead to someone else taking it on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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