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Feb 27, 2008
Position
Management
Work Dates
Jul 2003 - Oct 2005
Location
Seattle, WA
Work Environment

Entrepreneurial, fast-paced, high-pressure,

Review

You work very long hours at Amazon and there is a certain intensity you must have. Amazon seems like they are always searching for great outside talent. They are always trying to bring someone better. This means that there is limited opportunity for promotion. The dress is casual but the culture is not. People burn out of Amazon at high rates but you do get to put an established internet company on your resume which looks great. This is the reason I gave Amazon three stars. It would be lower otherwise. Diversity could be improved.

Pay

The benefits are good but salary is low. They make up for this by giving stock but it takes a long time to become vested and if you leave early you lose out. I recommend negotiating the highest base salary you can.

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Feb 28, 2008
Position
Senior SoftwareEngineer
Work Dates
Feb 2007 - Feb 2008
Location
Seattle, WA
Work Environment

Hierarchical, casual, strict,

Review

You work very long hours at Amazon and there is a certain intensity you must have. Amazon seems like they are always searching for great outside talent. They are always trying to bring someone better. This means that there is limited opportunity for promotion. The dress is casual but the culture is not. People burn out of Amazon at high rates but you do get to put an established internet company on your resume which looks great. This is the reason I gave Amazon three stars. It would be lower otherwise. Diversity could be improved.

Pay

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Jan 12, 2012
Position
Software Engineer
Location
Seattle, WA
Work Environment

Fast-paced, high-pressure,

Review

Very smart people and amazon looks great on the resume but you will absolutely be worked to death. Be okay with that coming in if you decide to work for Amazon.

Pay

Compensation okay - not terrible and not great. 98K after bonus.

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Jan 16, 2012
Position
Product Manager
Location
Seattle, WA
Work Environment

Cut-throat, fast-paced, high-pressure,

Review

Smart people and collaborative but you will not be appreciated. Nothing is ever good enough. Competitive compensation @ $125k.

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Jan 20, 2012
Position
Program Manager
Location
Seattle, WA
Work Environment

High-pressure,

Review

Pros: Looks great on resume.

Cons: Zero work life balance poor and communication between departments. You simply aren't given enough time for proper deployments.

Pay

Signing bonus was good but the pay is okay - not really competitive.

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Apr 22, 2012
Position
Area Manager
Location
Chattanooga, TN
Review

I'm still Amazon for the paycheck not for the nonexistent career development, work-life balance, or enjoyable work environment. I have limited time to develop those I manager. This is simply not a fun position.

Pay

Compensation including benefits are high. Six figure salary but extremely long hours.

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