Why It's So Difficult to Climb Amazon's Corporate Ladder

Bezos occupies level 11 Photograph by David Ryder/Getty Images

Inside the Internet juggernaut Amazon.com, there’s near constant pressure to perform. In dozens of interviews ranging over two years for my book, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, employees often sounded exhilarated as they boasted that they have never before exerted a more direct influence on products and customers. Just as frequently, they sounded frustrated and overwhelmed, beset by what they described as an adversarial culture and a grinding pace of work.

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