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Overworked and not cared for

Former Employee - SDE2  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - SDE2 in Seattle, WA (US)

Pros

Career builder. You will be in the cutting edge of todays technology.

Cons

Overworked and you have no life while you work for Amazon. The rare cases of people staying with them for longer than 4 years are actually the ones that have learned how to work the internal system.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Empower the SDE-s. Don't look after M$ b/c you will end up like them.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former employee of amazon Hyderabad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Manager in Hyderābād (India)

    Pros

    good culture was tranperent and people were humble and seen mentors encouraging their peers to grow along with them

    Cons

    couple of the management team members does not tolerate the peers to be more energetic and knowledgeable than them either they are tortured so they they leave the org .

    How loyal you are to the org but to get back to Amazon is an Hilarious task as we have to please N number of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pls do have the same culture as in US and maintain transparency in terms of employee engagement and the process/procedures do not limit them to the pals of the decision makers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Innovative company, smart people, no work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Leader  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Category Leader in Seattle, WA (US)

    Pros

    Amazon employs the best and the brightest, the culture is metrics-driven and employees are given autonomy and empowered to make decisions.

    Cons

    The Director-level management and above simply do not care how many hours you work or about development. They are managers, not leaders. Many of them lack a simple understanding of how to select, hire, and retain talent. Nor do they care. They rely on Amazon’s stock performance as a retention method. The review process is a forced-ranking cage-match, therefore peers are more interested in highlighting their wins and trying to tank others in order to get ahead. It’s an unhealthy, toxic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the value of productive employees with industry knowledge instead of hiring “smart people to figure it out”. MIT grads don’t’ have practical experience and are often not effective. Smart people often reinvent the wheel. Learn what systems should be developed in-house vs. leveraging something already existing in the market place. You are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for dev teams to invent something that is already in the marketplace, with better functionality. Create succession plans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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