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Intense, dysfunctional, yet satisfying

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros

- Strong, customer-focused culture
- Work with brilliant and motivated talent
- Decent compensation (as long as stock keeps defying gravity)
- High degree of ownership, feel like you can make a difference

Cons

- Micromanagement culture
- Senior leaders don't speak plainly, expect you to mind read
- Challenging work-life balance

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Set clear and aggressive goals and expectations, then get out of the way. The micromanagement and death by status meeting is a growing problem...

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    Be Prepared to Never See Your Family and Friends Again

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Obscene signing bonuses, great stock offers, lots of opportunity to move up and over, fast-paced

    Cons

    No support for work-life balance, grueling 70-80 hour weeks are pretty standard, benefits definitely sub-par relative to Microsoft/Google/Nordstrom, high attrition means disruptive turnover, parking is a nightmare. Oh and you can forget about Christmas - you'll be at the office like everybody else.

    I was actually told by my GM that "Amazon deliberately under-resources teams in order to squeeze innovation and automation from employees." No concern for employee health and well being whatsoever. I saw many people quit because of stress-related health conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and let employees have lives outside the office. Retaining talent means investing in more than just employee output - it means treating employees like human beings, not machines. No one can work 80 hours a week ad infinitum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's a fast-paced, ever-changing, figure it out as you go along job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainer  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Trainer in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    4 day work weeks for most positions, clean and safe work environment, flexible work schedule, stock grants, health care benefits

    Cons

    Very boring, repetitive work for labor positions. Difficult to get promoted from hourly to management, poor communication, loud environment, no time to have any fun, good work gets unnoticed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better. The company can afford higher pay. Let them know when they do a good job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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