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12 people found this helpful  

Okay projects, bad work environment, terrible benefits

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

Pros

Projects are interesting. You can get technical challenge with fellow software engineers. There're lots of smart people, here.

Cons

Work environment is not great. In the beginning, A shared desk was assigned to me without cube. A small war-room kind of office with 7 software engineers and there's no privacy while others kept complaining about smell of my coffee. I've never been in this kind of atmosphere. It might only be my team but quite discouraged to be creative.
The benefit was even worse. In normal company, HMO is the cheapest plan but Amazon offers the most expensive HMO option and there's wierd plan of health fund. Health fund is okay for who doesn't go to see doctor more than 7 times per year but totally out of sense when you had family. Premium was already high but out of pocket cost for hospital is another story. 401k matching is very low and the company tries to get employee's patent idea for free while my previous company always paid for it. Parking reimbursement wasn't enough to drive your car to downtown. There's no ESPP. And so on..
There's no formal training except new hire orientation which took only half day. No education support. It seems like this company only want to use your knowledge and has no interest to develop it.
On call duty is also painful. You need to carry the pager and it might beep in the midnight and must respond it within 15 min or it'll be escalated to your manager, director, vp, ...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You need to care your employees as human being.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not the best place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Manager
    Current Employee - Area Manager

    Pros

    Good relocation compensation.
    3 days off.

    Cons

    Amazon treats it's employees really poorly.
    You have no say in what shift you will work...you basically sell your soul to the company.
    Work extremely long hours.
    Extremely disorganized company.
    Don't offer any type of valuable training.
    Expected to micromanage even though they claim that it's not what they want to do.
    Very high turn over rate.
    Amazon doesn't do anything to keep it's managers happy.
    Work environment feels like a sweatshop.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work as Full-time perm

    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    Pros

    lots of money and good benefits

    Cons

    no time to live your life. The hours will kill any family life you want. They hire you and you have a brief honeymoon period of about 1 month but after 2 months the honeymoon is over. Be prepared to work your butt off and if you can't then be ready to work somewhere else. Oh and the signing bonus they will want that back if you didn't last a year at amazon. I feel sorry for all the college students getting out of college and working for amazon. Amazon is using and abusing you. Believe it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the CEO

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