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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)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 8 years)

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
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    Amazon Fufillment i really great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Great work environment, great people

    Cons

    none cons what so ever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for, rapid growth potential!!! Very customer-focused company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Workflow Analyst
    Current Employee - Workflow Analyst

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Rapid growth potential
    Excellent promotional process- based on top performers, not politics
    RSUs (Restricted Stock) given to employees on a yearly basis

    Cons

    Fast-paced
    Work/Life balance is strained
    Thin profit margins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!! Continue to stay focused on the customer as well as your employees and the sky is the limit for Amazon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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