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Amazing team and projects!~

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Current Employee - Technical Sourcer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor for more than a year

Pros

The team I supported (Instant Video and Digital Music) was very collaborative and very involved with the business. Willing to share ideas and end result of getting the best hires for Amazon

Cons

Very competitive across the recruiting org, some in the recruiting functions willing to work as a team, others not so much.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Not a company to work for long term

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary is probably on the high side compared to other hi-tech companies for the equivalent positions, though no where near compared to Google or Facebook.
    Company outlook looks good.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is probably the worst for SDE's in the hi-tech industry.
    Oncall experience can be really bad and you have to work at nights but yet the manager stills expects you to work next day during day time.
    Work is fast-paced and majority of projects are short-term thinking. They just want to lure the customers in and worry about the rest later.
    Health insurance benefits is on the bad side compared to other hi-tech companies.
    The signing stocks grant may be attractive but don't expect the same after 4 years. Basically you should look for jobs elsewhere after 4 years unless you perform on the top 10% compared against peers.
    I have unfortunately worked for some mean managers who clearly indicated that you have to work overtime on a regular basis to get work done, no matter how unreasonable the schedule is.
    The commute becomes bad now since they moved to SLU campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat your employees well and treat old and new employees equally well. The pay structure clearly favors the new-hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Small Business Feel - Get a lot done but don't spend any money

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment, constructive meetings, serious customer focus, and amazing long term perspective. Nothing is done to make this quarter look better, it's allways for the long haul.

    Cons

    Engineers own software that is delivered as a service and they own every aspect from design to development to test to operate to firefight to maintain. This is largely a good thing, but being on a pager duty rotation can put a damper on home life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foot the bill for ops folks that can resolve more tickets.

    Positive Outlook
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