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Fast-paced energic company with complex architecture

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

Pros

I work with some of the best engineers that I've seen. Company not too hierarchical. Good work is highly recognized. Ideas are listened to. Technical decisions are made with careful analysis.

Cons

Too many meetings. Too much email. Open space. Frugality. Sometimes work is not very engaging. Suffers from being too large. Internal tools sometimes a nightmare to work with. Specialization is difficult. Too much on-call duty.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest on better tools, with better documentation. Deprecate old things. Strive for good simple designs. Encourage specialization.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Amazingly Intelligent People but No Work Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    * Learn from the best
    * Plenty of opportunity to move around - (If you last long enough)
    * Decent to Good Compensation - (but maybe not so much if you divide by the number of hours you work.)
    * Compensation is good related to cost of living in Seattle

    Cons

    * No work life balance. Working long hours, 12 plus a day, is common and a badge of honor.
    * Working holidays and weekends is common - especially Thanksgiving and Christmas - but ofcourse this is a commerce company.
    * Turnover rate is pretty high. Average employee lasts 1.5 years
    * Lots of burnt-out employees.
    * "It is what it is" is a common phrase heard around the company when asking employees if they like the long hours.
    * Very competitive work culture. Lots of nice people but most don't have much time to give guidance.
    * Bad documentation and little training make it difficult to get up to speed. Be prepared to have lots of work and responsibility thrown at you from day one.
    * Culture of frugality means little investment in employee training and perks.
    *

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Invest in training and mentorship as there are many good, smart employees willing to work the long hours if given guidance and support
    * Try and achieve work life balance as happy employees tend to be more productive and dedicated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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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