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Very mixed range of skillset, experience, and intelligence

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)

Pros

- The smart ones are some of the smartest teammates you will ever have
- You WILL learn a lot
- you get paid like a boss coming right out of school

Cons

- The dumb ones are some of the dumbest people you will encounter (and may drag you down with them)
- Every once a while, you may be put on a nasty project. sometimes by yourself. sometimes without any help, but they have expectations that you'll finish. early.
- you will have to wear a pager and be on call some time (some teams have light schedules, with one week per every 4 months, but some teams make you go on call one of every 3 weeks)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't let someone be a manager just because they have been there for 10+ years. if they're not fit, it's time to recognize that and either add someone else or just swap him. Horrible Management means capped creativity (which kills a product innovation team)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Area Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Area Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    Pros

    Good salary, Fair opportunity for advancement, smart people

    Cons

    Unfair manager rating systems. Popularity contests, too much of a "ME, ME, ME" culture where people try to exceed at the expense of their peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more consistent and look at merits rather than popularity

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Infinite opportunity for the taking, but not your typical tech company benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity to move around to different businesses
    Lots of autonomy
    Opportunity for ownership
    Really smart people in business and tech
    Fast paced

    Cons

    Lots of writing and analysis - everything must be proven
    Company is very stingy (employee contribution for medical is high for the tech industry, cheap desks, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is easier to leave Amazon at one level and come back at a higher level than to promote.
    We need to streamline promoting from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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