3.6 out of 5 (123 comments)
Most talked about benefits
  • Health Insurance

    "the best thing is the affordability" (41 comments)

  • Vacation & Paid Time Off

    "it takes time to build up your vacation time, so you do not have much for the first couple of years" (27 comments)

  • 401K Plan

    "not a very good 401k plan" (26 comments) provides a full range of benefits for employees and eligible family members. While the benefits may vary slightly from location to location, here are the basics for full-time, U.S. employees.

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Employee Comments

  • Dec 22, 2014
    Former Area Manager in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    The stock option after the 3rd year was very impressive

  • Dec 20, 2014
    Current ISS Representative in Coffeyville, Kansas

    We have very good health care coverage at a reasonable rate.

  • Dec 19, 2014
    Former Employee in Seattle, Washington State

    They offered good health insurance, 5% matching on 401k and two weeks of vacation. After one year, you can take three weeks of vacation.

  • Dec 26, 2014
    Current Employee in Seattle, Washington State

    For certain positions, Amazon may provide a big, juicy carrot in the form of a substantial hiring bonus over a two year period to lure you in. Before you bite and accept an offer, be aware that these modern day "golden handcuffs" come with a sharp sting of remorse should you exit the company before your 1-year anniversary. Here's the deal - if you exit the company for any reason inside one year, you have to pay back the balance of the first year's hiring bonus. You see, Amazon is an "at-will" employer, which means you can be let go at any time for any reason without explanation. And it happens. If you can stomach that pressure while fielding all the demands placed upon you (and your family), Godspeed to you. Stress is not healthy and you will be stressed to your most outer limits at Amazon. If you make it past your 1-year anniversary, the second year's bonus is divided up across each of your 12 month pay checks.

    A few other points to consider:

    - You are paid monthly at Amazon which is something to think about and plan for. Most people are accustomed to money rolling into their account every 2 weeks. That aside, I recommend you have an emergency fund in place so you can deal with life's uncertainties whenever they arise...and they will always arise.

    - Paid holidays are the bare minimum in that you get the actual holiday day off. Don't expect a lot of fanfare around holidays. It's all business. Amazon is a retailer so from October through New Years is a grind like no other.

    - Bonuses, recognition, promotions, etc. Don't expect any of these perks without game-changing heroics. The level you come in at is likely where you'll stay for a long time. Be prepared to negotiate for what you want because you will work harder at Amazon that you ever have. There are no peaks and valleys in that regard - only peaks, all year long.

    - Community involvement & volunteering is not something you'll have time for and in my experience, it's not really encouraged. This is unlike other corporate experiences I've had and I find it to be disappointing. It's all about getting work done 24/7.

    - Medical plans are mediocre at best. Be aware of open enrollment dates and the implications of staying on Cobra vs. joining Amazon's plans. If you join Amazon, make time to understand the financial implications of switching plans.

    - 401K is just ok. Vanguard funds are among the best but the selection is somewhat limited.

    - Culture. To me, culture is a huge benefit so I'll include that here. Amazon's tag line is: "Work Hard, Have Fun, Make History". Personally, I love it. The part I don't love is the lack of any fun whatsoever. There is nothing "fun" about working at Amazon. You will indeed work hard. And you may, in fact, make history. You have the opportunity to work on things that have significant impact. But in my experience, no part of it will be "fun". It may in fact burn you out before you ever get through your first year, which brings this review around full-circle.

  • Dec 11, 2014
    Current Employee in Haslet, Texas

    Good health benefits from start as a full-time (Blue-badge) employee.

  • Dec 6, 2014
    Current Finance in Cincinnati, Ohio

    It's all great. There are no negatives on benefits.

  • Dec 4, 2014
    Former Employee in Palo Alto, California

    Solid 401K plan, but less exciting medical plans.

  • Dec 15, 2014
    Current Employee in Sunnyvale, California

    The benefits are standard, but what's strange is lack of perks that other companies have in this space. No discounts, even on the product you might be working on, no 3rd party discounts.

  • Dec 14, 2014
    Current Employee in Seattle, Washington State

    have high co-pay for medical when you have a family; benefits are poor relative to microsoft.
    Vacation time off is competitive. 4014K matching is not high, and you cannot use the full amount if you are at any senior level.

  • Dec 9, 2014
    Current Software Engineer in Seattle, Washington State

    3 weeks of paid time off per year, 6 additional personal days, and 3 sick days for employees in the city of Seattle. Lots of job flexibility in terms of working hours and the ability to work remotely. The 401k plan company match is sub-par, only matches 50% of your contributions up to 4% of salary, for a total match of 2% of salary.

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