Bad middle managers and oblivious upper managers at Amazon
Its hard to love a company if your immediate team is being ran by a manager who really wants nothing to do with your team. To make matters worse when you tell them you looking internally literally the following day you are given a PIP notice even if you had launch some pretty amazing products just the previous week and received tons of praise from customers.
It seems like this is the growing trend again at Amazon from being the worst company in 2015 to the best in 2018 and now its on its way to the bottom again. I guess they realize they weren't being cheap I mean frugal after doing mass hiring.
That being said people who were on h1b visas never spoke up and the Americans spoke up so much that middle management did not like that and made their lives a living hell, didn't matter how much work they did and successfully completed projects, so they would look elsewhere but if they mention looking internally or applied internally and manager was notified the manager would block it and really force you to leave. And keep the h1b workers since they are pretty much exploited since thats the deal with h1b visas.
It is really dirty practice Amazon does while still pretending they are the good guys. You may have wonderful team members but if your manager has it out for you... your done.
You are thrown into PIP/Pivot/Plan and given few days to decide your fate. Take the money and leave since you will be setup to fail otherwise.
Try hard to be hired as L5 otherwise you probably will never get promoted unless your very cutthroat and don't mind stabbing people in the back to get where you want to be. And the LPs are thrown around a lot but in reality not entirely followed its mostly used a excuse that people don't want to expand on. Elitism is high among the middle management because their upper management takes their word like gold, doesn't matter how badly you may rate them on the daily surveys.
If you want a fancy name on the resume sure work at Amazon and hopefully you get a good team and manager and you have been warned about their management.