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Lady Anon747 Software Engineer, EC2
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January 1970

Spent 3 years at Amazon on AWS EC2. I left due to discrimination by my manager, which made my last 1.5 years pretty awful. Lots of being judged differently to others for the same work, got shouted at, told I was whining when I asked for more responsibility. I understand that there are bad managers everywhere, but my poor review comes from the way in which my complaints were handled by senior management. When I first spoke to my skip level manager about how I was being treated, he spoke a lot about how gender discrimination was still a big problem in the tech industry, but did nothing more with my complaint. When I took it to HR, we had a dispute resolution session. I waited more than 6 months for the results. When they came, it was that he had acted inappropriately. The repercussions? He was suggested to do a course about being a better manager if it became available in his location (in the intervening 6 months he'd changed teams and locations). No mention of bias. No mention of any larger problem. Since I left, 3/4 other women in the office of 250 (we were remote) have left citing similar issues. I'd put it down to culture in a remote office, but the senior members were from Seattle (and so was my awful manager). I learnt a lot of things while there, great operational experience, but man, I took a beating too.

Job Satisfaction Level
1.0
$80k-$100k
$0-$10k
10 hours
None taken
No
No
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Lady al12 SDE Intern, AWS
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January 1970

I worked at Amazon only as an intern. Interesting projects to work on, but not a very friendly culture for women.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$50k-$80k
$0-$10k
10 hours
None taken
No
No
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Lady Arietty Software Development Engineer, AWS
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January 1970

Amazon is largely male-dominated, and so at times, it can definitely feel isolating being one of the few women in the office (only 12% are women in my organization). Also, from my experience, team events can often gear towards male interests, and I feel that the upper management does not see supporting diversity in tech as a priority. There has been many times when a letter to the upper management regarding better environment for women employees goes unheard. As well, (unsurprisingly) it is not uncommon to see unconscious bias in the office and insensitive comments coming from male coworkers. The good thing is, there is a very large and supportive community for women in engineering, where such topics are discussed. Employees also have the chance to attend many events, like the Grace Hopper Conference. It is just that, oftentimes, it can feel like mostly everyone who cares are women. And so we don't see improvements to the workplace as quickly as other companies.

Job Satisfaction Level
3.0
$80k-$100k
$0-$10k
9 hours
None taken
No
Depends on the team
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Lady anon527 Recruiter, University Programs
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January 1970

I've loved my job, but I see how hard it can be working at Amazon as a woman and as a regular person with kids. Boundaries are important, but Amazon likes to recruit people who want to be successful more then they want to have good boundaries, so it can really drain people.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$80k-$100k
$20k-$50k
9 hours
8 paid / 4 unpaid
No
Yes
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Lady laila32
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January 1970

make sure you find a good manager

Job Satisfaction Level
1.0
$100k-$150k
$0-$10k
More than 12 hours
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Yes
if it's on a good team
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Lady camelbak Senior Vendor Manager
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January 1970

Being a technology company, employees and managers are naturally men-heavy. Given how smart the employees are, it's surprising there isn't more structural support for (new) moms. For starters, they need to catch up on giving more generous maternity (and paternity) leave. They should also take tips from moms and turn them into standard expectations/ policies: returning/ starting with part-time work after maternity leave, having a new mom mentor, etc.

Job Satisfaction Level
3.0
$100k-$150k
$0-$10k
8 hours
8 paid / 12 unpaid
No
It's great before baby but not so after
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Lady anon254 Director, Finance
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January 1970

It is hard work but very rewarding

Job Satisfaction Level
5.0
>$150k
$0-$10k
11 hours
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No
Yes
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Lady anon255 Sr Marketing Manager
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January 1970

Hard work with few benefits. Great for the childless or people who can do the hours- there's no explicit boys club. But work/life balance is hard and could hold you back. Maternity benefits very poor for industry (no paternity leave at all). No daycare benefits, 1 year wait lists.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$100k-$150k
$20k-$50k
9 hours
8 paid / 12 unpaid
Yes
Meritocracy, but the maternity benefits are very poor for the industry. Very difficult to just work 40-45 hrs/week
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Lady tracecoll Non Inventory Receiver, Procurement
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January 1970

I think women get a fair shake with this company, I have seen many women rise through the ranks into management positions.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$25k-$50k
$0-$10k
8 hours
None taken
Yes
I would recommend it to young women, but i think there is an age barrier
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Lady banana
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January 1970

You work very hard. Work is very rewarding. Very male dominated and not comfortable with different leadership styles.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$100k-$150k
$10k-$20k
12 hours
None taken
No
Yes

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