Amazon.com
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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A great company to learn corporate world

    Quality Assurance Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsA place where you can build your career at very prior stage. Good to have on your CV, New products new opportunities, new ideas. management team is good to work with.

    ConsNo learning series are provided. Hard to get promotions until you work your day and nights and scarify your personal life. Get harder and harder after you joined. Political influence on you performance reviews.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKindly work for employees too as you consider customers, employees are valuable too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Brutal load, but very agile.

    SDE2 (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsFrugality. You will know exactly how much revenue your team is making and how much you are spending and learn to optimize it.
    You will own products and systems and feel like you are involved in projects that have several times more engineers in competing companies.
    Compensation is good.
    People are smart.
    Development is as agile as Java stack allows.
    Management is very technical.

    ConsFrugality. From the desks that were previously doors to displays that will hurt your eyes to laptops that are not much more than bricks.
    Brutal workload. You will always be behind on all projects, no matter how good you are.
    Shifting requirements. Anything you need to do may change tomorrow.
    Zero positive reinforcement. Again, no matter how good you are, you are always behind and management will make sure you will know that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to treat your developers the same way you treat your customers. Invest in developers and hire more of them. It's a hot market for developers and it's just a matter of time before they realize they are treated like slaves here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    On-call duty is bad depending on the team

    Software Development Engineer I (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsPeople were really smart and talented. There was pretty much a limitless amount of work that computers/automation could improve. Lots of opportunities to be creative.

    ConsOn-call rotation was horrible. It really depends on what team you're on. I was on one of the bad teams There is a weekly rotation for each member of the team, and I joined a team that had an average of a page every day (which could happen in the middle of the night, even weekends). But if you're on a team that's a new product or one without a strict SLA, you're OK.
    People worked a little too hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOn-call rotation has caused good talent to leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work hard make history

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood place to work

    Consi don't see any cons as of now

    Advice to Senior Managementno advice to senior management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ISS Field Representative (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsLots of benefits and activities.

    ConsLong hours and lots of overtime (mandatory) especially at the holidays. Not many holidays off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micro-managing. Stop putting excessive pressure on workers to make your numbers look good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Vary smart people but work environment is a grind

    Senior Vendor Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsYou will learn from the best and will be constantly challenged to go above and beyond. Experience at Amazon is easily marketable to other retail or ecommerce related companies. Most likely in any new workplace you will keep thinking about customers first and customer obsession as the way to win.

    ConsWork life balance is very poor. You need to have thick skin because it is not a culture where achievements receive lots of praise. Most often you will be asked to think along the lines "What could be done better?". Famous frugality leads to cramped offices, poor benefits and uncomfortable business travel experiences.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider replacing stack ranking of empoyees which is prone to favoritism with some more fair and transparent system

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of work. Chance to learn and grow. Poor work/life balance.

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsLot of opportunities to get involved in different projects.Teams are relatively flat so you get to work with and learn from many seasoned pros. Is a great learning and growing opportunity for younger folks.

    ConsPoor work life balance. If you are not an SDE there are very limited opportunities for advancements. Compensation is not competitive when you consider the hours you have to put in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNon-SDE folks often feel like second class citizens. Would love to see some effort from management to provide some career development opportunities for non-SDEs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging, but not rewarding.

    Software Development Engineer I (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsYou will learn a lot. You will work with some very smart people on some very hard problems. You will grow and develop your ability to use data for effective decision-making.

    ConsYou will no longer have a life - expect an intense 8-9 hours of work each day + 3-6 days of on-call each month if you are an SDE (weekends too!) Perks are minimal to nonexistent compared to the rest of the industry. Pay is average. Equipment is outright cheap, and sometimes painful to deal with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI was lucky enough to be on a team whose manager is nothing short of amazing. All advice below goes to senior management.

    Raise salaries. Be more understanding of employee needs / requirements and don't treat them at a large scale like sheep. Employees are not robots but people that need to spend quality time with their friends and family. If you cannot understand and respect that, people will keep leaving the company at year 2 despite the stock awards that vest at year 3 and 4.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Some stereotypes are true, but I still liked it

    Customer Support - Corporate (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat people. Democratic hiring. Truly diverse workforce. Great opportunities to work your way up from call centers- some of the smartest and hardest working people there. A general ethos of kindness (between colleagues). All ages and backgrounds of people. I felt like I fit in there.

    ConsToo much work, lots of stress, working around the clock at times. Very poor vacation policy for new employees. Benefits aren't great. A lack of accountability around poor management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuck the trend that employees are disposable - step up and support your team. Understand their day to day jobs. Help them further their careers. Be a servant-leader. Be willing to listen. Be open to bad news. Make criticism fair and constructive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good temporary job

    Fulfillment Associate (Current Employee)
    Jeffersonville, IN

    ProsPaid Time off, Bank of Unpaid time for any use, Vacation

    ConsManagers show preference for some over others. Hard to advance. Set pay raises

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be awesome if individuals were paid what they were worth based on quality and production instead of seniority.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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