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"Better than your average sweat shop!"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Good benefits. Very sharp people, cutting edge (with some blood flowing). Excellent hiring bonus. There are excellent "pockets" of staff -- but they tend to be the exception and not the rule.

Cons

Still suffers from high turnover with staff. Lack of significant experience in management result in a lot of pro-forma decisions and little empathy. There is a general feeling that employees are temporary (and will voluntarily or involuntarily move on) once they slip out of the top 40% of performers. Most recruits are straight from University and as a result, tend to be accepting of abuse that is common in grad schools.

Advice to Management

Rethink your IT people growth -- Amazon profit margin is dropping towards negative fast. Shareholders may push for cuts -- and IT personnel costs is a big target. If you do any IT layoffs, this may result in the best moving on quickly elsewhere....

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fast-paced energic company with complex architecture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with some of the best engineers that I've seen. Company not too hierarchical. Good work is highly recognized. Ideas are listened to. Technical decisions are made with careful analysis.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Too much email. Open space. Frugality. Sometimes work is not very engaging. Suffers from being too large. Internal tools sometimes a nightmare to work with. Specialization is difficult. Too much on-call duty.

    Advice to Management

    Invest on better tools, with better documentation. Deprecate old things. Strive for good simple designs. Encourage specialization.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Amazon sucks"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, DE (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Pays is decent, not the best but decent

    Cons

    Managers are a bunch egotistic power hungry bullies who pre on lower staff. They are a bunch of malfunctioning idots who needs to realize that the regular worker is just as much of the companie's success as they are.

    Advice to Management

    Hire regular people, not morons to lead the staff!


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