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Your peers are smart, but the culture is harsh

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Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

Pros

Amazon hires very smart people. Getting hired is hard, but you will work with some of the brightest engineers out there.

The total compensation is nice. Do not flinch at having part of your compensation be RSUs. Even if stock price goes down, your compensation will be adjusted. Because Amazon sees RSU as part of the compensation, they will fix it with market fluctuations. There really is only upside. No, you won't retire on RSU....won't buy a house....maybe a nice car is stock goes through the roof.

Cons

The culture is one that encourages harsh behavior. If you present an idea or argument and can't back it up with data or facts - prepare to be humiliated. I tend to see folks last < 1 year or more than 5 years. In other words, you either are cut out for this environment or you're not.

The more senior the position (as management or as an individual contributor) the more aggressive you need to be.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Continous change
    salary
    smart people
    you free organize your work
    no dress code

    Cons

    Politics (only if your attitude is agradable to senior managers you will be considered for promotion, no shy is liked by american culture)
    Huge work load that brings you t work at least 10 to 20 hours more that contract working hours
    No positive feedback
    No appreciation of your work
    Slough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was better before all the changes

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative III  in  Grand Forks, ND (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Grand Forks, ND (US)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and relaxed environment. Pay and benefits are great, hard to find another job that meets what they offer in this area. Work from Home opportunities

    Cons

    *Training needs to be changed. When I first started training was in depth and I hit the floor knowing what I was doing. With the past few positions I've taken, training has been minimal and I feel completely unprepared for the job at hand.

    * Work from home staff gets forgotten and left out of on site functions.

    * Monthly internet allowance of $25 doesn't cover half of my internet or phone bill.

    * Leadership needs to be available more often and monitor the team members available time

    * Huge amount of favoritism

    * Under appreciated

    * Company is micro-managed and has grown a lot faster than it seems can be handled at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your team. Make sure people are in avail when they should be and treat everyone on the team fairly. Don't offer special treatment to people or single out others just because you're buddies with them. This leaves workers on the phones short handed and feeling angry towards their leadership. Offer more to Work From Home. This is a large part of your company in Grand Forks, make sure we feel appreciated.

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