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Great if you love constant competition

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

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

the ability to impact your business quickly and in an action oriented way
smart talented people; some of the smartest I've ever worked with
good benefits

Cons

constant competition breeds need for everyone to want to be 'right' in the room and be the first person with the answer
stack ranking of employees during review time weeding out good or great employees because not everyone can have a great review statistically
lack of expectation for management to actually do a good job managing. Working out issues is the employees problem
24 x7 workload

Advice to ManagementAdvice

stop stack ranking your employees and breeding an environment of constant competition. Eventually you will crush your innovation

Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Amazon is unique and very supportive

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    Current Employee - Digital Specialist in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Digital Specialist in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    You're always going to have opportunities to grow within the company. You have a great way to gain experience through mentor-ships. Amazon has a very casual work environment.

    Cons

    Amazon is a very frugal company, therefore no free lunches daily. Restaurants around campus are somewhat expensive. No free Amazon Prime or Kindle Fires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a monthly appreciation party would be great! Though not really advice, you guys are awesome!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Better than your average sweat shop!

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Very sharp people, cutting edge (with some blood flowing). Excellent hiring bonus. There are excellent "pockets" of staff -- but they tend to be the exception and not the rule.

    Cons

    Still suffers from high turnover with staff. Lack of significant experience in management result in a lot of pro-forma decisions and little empathy. There is a general feeling that employees are temporary (and will voluntarily or involuntarily move on) once they slip out of the top 40% of performers. Most recruits are straight from University and as a result, tend to be accepting of abuse that is common in grad schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your IT people growth -- Amazon profit margin is dropping towards negative fast. Shareholders may push for cuts -- and IT personnel costs is a big target. If you do any IT layoffs, this may result in the best moving on quickly elsewhere....

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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