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Amazon's the world's largest non-profit startup

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Almost everyone at Amazon is very talented, and the culture that Amazon explicitly values is positively unique among other megacorporations. The company is pretty generous with stock grants, though they tend to have protracted vesting schedules (could hardly be more so).

Cons

What you've heard about pagers is true. Amazon is frugal to a fault, and most technical roles involve at least some portion of after-hours on-call operational support, no matter how talented you think you are. AWS is something of an exception; that org has more outsourced support teams to help with some of the more established service issues. Negotiate on the way in because, like many companies, annual compensation increases are modest at best. The company also has a very bad habit of buying the cheapest possible laptops for even its technical employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Avoiding attrition by valuing your contributors is important! Small things can matter a lot more than they cost. Even young people need work/life balance for long-term success, and people at any age need to sleep uninterrupted most of the time.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work hard, have a huge impact

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Detroit, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    + Your work will likely be seen and used by millions
    + Fantastic company values that people actually care about
    + Great co-workers and transparent management

    Cons

    - Fairly stressful environment
    - Monthly on-call rotation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frugality shouldn't mean it's not the default to have the best tools for the job (dual monitors, newer computers) even if it's possible to get these things without too much trouble. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing!

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Manager  in  San Bernardino, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Area Manager in San Bernardino, CA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    So many opportunities to do any number of different jobs. You will work hard but be very well taken care of.

    Cons

    Long hours, and very little time off. But if you enjoy your job it really wont matter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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