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Company with great principles though much of the great work has already been done

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bangalore (India)
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bangalore (India)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

Pros

1. Great leadership.
2. Awesome principles and strategy
3. Technical stack is the best in the market and top notch engineers
4. Love for technology and costumer obsession.

Cons

1. Frugal strategy. Very low perks to employees compared to all the other top technical companies
2. The technical stack is already been designed and very stable. This reduces the learning opportunities available in other small technical firms.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need to create more learning opportunity and a little low stress on deliverables

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    Company of Smart People

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great attitude towards customers at all levels and all job functions resulting directly to very happy customers.
    Very smart colleagues
    Fun atmosphere
    Excellent tools
    People do try to do the right thing

    Cons

    Having very smart colleagues means it is harder to stand out
    While pay and stock grants are pretty good, other benefits are basic. Company maintains a culture of disciplined spending/frugality. I don't really think this is too much of a problem although other people seeking the "Google" perks will probably be disappointed.

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    Good people, interesting work, global impact.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    + Fascinating work
    + Immediate global impact
    + Folks are generally motivated, smart, and capable.
    + Scale.

    Cons

    - Company is so cheap it's insane. Devs are forced to buy your own hardware in many cases. Amazon pays $250k / year for an senior engineer, and then provides a $399 laptop and won't upgrade it for 3 years. No dual monitors. The list goes on and on. It's insane and frankly just stupid.
    - On-Call. This is core to Amazon, and is really a huge place of indescribable suckage.
    - Mysterious review process. Just as bizarre and opaque as Microsoft's.
    - Parking. There is none. Amazon doesn't pay much towards it, so you're stuck paying out of pocket.
    - Starting Vacation is 2 weeks, no exceptions. Coming from MSFT I had 5 weeks / year.
    - No tuition reimbursement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Frugality is one thing, but stupid is another. Buy modern hardware and software for folks who need it.
    2. Figure out how to treat employee's better. Parking.
    3. Competitive benefits package, especially around vacation.

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