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  1. "Taken Care Of"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Life changing growth and opportunities.

    Cons

    Getting a position with Amazon in the first place is extremely difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome!

    Amazon2019-03-21
  2. Helpful (1817)

    "You Get What You Put In"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Competitive salary and benefits with other major tech companies. 100% self motivating work environment. No dress code and 4 legged friends are welcome.

    Cons

    You have to be self motivated. NO ONE will hold your hand and tell you that you're doing a great job. If you need constant affirmations from management, this company isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    More on-boarding training before new employees are thrown in the fire. The first couple of weeks can be very confusing on where to find the information you need that pertains to your job.

    Amazon2016-01-11
  3. Helpful (1588)

    "Exciting Work, Abusive Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Jeff Bezos and his "S-Team" are brilliant and continue to make great decisions for long-term growth. You work with smart people, you work on exciting projects, you are pushed to your limits...which can be rewarding when you accomplish great things. The diversity of the potential work and innovation can be very alluring. I've often called Amazon my "Sexy Mistress...she's emotionally abusive, but she's so sexy that...

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    Cons

    The management process is abusive, and I'm currently a manager. I've seen too much "behind the wall" and hate how our individual performers can be treated. You are forced to ride people and stack rank employees...I've been forced to give good employees bad overall ratings because of politics and stack ranking.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend that the recent NY Times article was all about "isolated incidents". The culture IS abusive and it WILL backfire once stock value starts to drop. I'm an 8 year veteran and I no longer recommend former peers to interview with Amazon.

    Amazon2016-02-21
  4. Helpful (1310)

    "Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazon is doing lot's of cool stuff...but lots of boring stuff too. There are really well run teams...and very badly run teams. The experience for software managers and engineers is all over the board, from really run low operational load teams to teams where people burn out after a year. - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. You can generally expect that anyone who's been here for more than 2...

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    Cons

    - You're responsible for your own career progression and finding the places and teams that are doing the stuff you want to do. No one is going to take you by the hand and help you with that. - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. The strong survive and the weak perish (metaphorically speaking) and the 'bar' is constantly increasing. The level of performance that would have been acceptable five years...

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    Advice to Management

    Stack ranking is a horrible practice since it's rife with favoritism. It's also not Amazonian in that it's not data based (arbitrarily designating a certain percentage of employees that must be put on performance management isn't a data driven criterion) and it's not frugal (effectively forcing an individual out of the company in one division who would make the grade in another is either retaining someone who doesn't...

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    Amazon2013-12-17
  5. Helpful (456)

    "We are now in a world where we are condescended to by our inferiors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This company gets A list performance from C list employees. The culture is quick and hard charging. You are always working in relevant and meaningful projects.

    Cons

    Maybe because the company recruits C listers who have neither merit (intelligence, strategic vision) nor pedigree (academic or professional accomplishments), most of those who become successful do so in treacherous, low cunning ways. Imagine the Lannisters in Game of Thrones attacking the Starks in Game of Thrones; or Rawls and Burrell attacking McNulty and Daniels in The Wire; or Barrow and O'Brien attacking Mr Bates...

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    Advice to Management

    Bezos you bought the Washington Post and hired Jay Carney to be your PR head. There is nothing I can write here that you would deign listen to, because you are a hack. You must be mad that Expedia beat you to the punch and hired Chelsea Clinton to serve on their board of directors. For those grasping Weasels that have squirmed and back stabbed your way to success, you know who you are. You won't care what is written...

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    Amazon2017-03-23
  6. Helpful (5)

    "There's a reason they're popular"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent, Technical Support in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, lots of opportunities to move around, good benefits

    Cons

    Within the AWS field, the specific department feels very terminal. If you're being hired as a level 3 or lower, be prepared to have a very difficult time getting out of the "level 3" squalor; most career starting points are Level 4 and above, so it's frustrating to be stuck at a bottom line/operations-driven role when you have the potential for more

    Amazon2019-04-19
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are in a good team, you might get overwhelmed by the pace at which development happen. Join the company only when you want to work on new technologies and grow as an engineer.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not one of the best.

    Amazon2019-04-23
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Culture from Within"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely smart people High impact, no fluff culture Focus on 14 Leadership principles making rules of engagement extremely clear

    Cons

    Some times too fast paced

    Amazon2019-04-23
  9. "Great place to work if you're willing to work hard"

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    Current Employee - Pathways Operations Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - New technology - Awesome culture of excellence - Lots of responsibility early

    Cons

    - Remote location - Lack of structure for intern experience

    Amazon2019-04-23
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Find what you love to do and dive in!"

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team and leadership. Flexible to home life needs. RSUs are part of our compensation which really drives Amazonians to think and act like owners with a legitimate interest in how the company performs. You truly own your development and are encouraged to try new things, take risks, and get creative with how you deliver your results. Benefits kick in on day 1 (no waiting period for healthcare, etc.). Leadership...

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    Cons

    Greater Seattle area traffic continues to grow. Public transportation helps, but the housing market in the area leads many to buy or rent further from the city for more affordable cost of living. There is no easy solution to this growing problem. Working remotely when possible cuts out the commute but separates the team physically. At that point, it becomes a team effort to ensure everyone is involved and included.

    Amazon2019-04-23
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