Amazon.com
3.3 of 5 3,204 reviews
www.amazon.com Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.3 3,204 reviews

                             

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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    Exciting work but administrative support is definitely viewed as second class.

    Senior Executive Assistant (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsExciting, high-profile and innovative work. A culture of work hard and play hard (when you get the chance). There is a definite divide between the engineering ("professionall") staff and support/administrative staff. Long hours, The best part of the culture is having dogs in the office.

    ConsAdministrative support is not reviewed as part of the overall teams, but separate. There is no defined career path, other than no longer being an EA and becoming a program manager, etc. Administrative salaries are average, with minimal RSUs and very low annual raises. Given the minimal job family growth, EAs quickly max out in their compensation band and get little if any increases with stock grants pushed out in 2 year increments. HR is the company advocate and not an advocate for the employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a meaningful job family and development program for professional EAs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on the team you are working with

    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood environment that contains smart engineers. The work contains many challenges that need you to think a lot before making decisions.

    ConsIt depends on the team you are working with. Some teams are doing really important work, others just do simple work. Leaders also vary alot. Be careful and ask for the team you're working with before you accept

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good tech environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood tech, good product, smart teammembers

    Consoncall experience is too bad, benefit is not good

    Advice to Senior Managementrespect more about what engineer done

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    Learn a lot if you are young here, but overall not a happy place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslots to learn, and learn it quick you will. constant feedback will help you improve. I reccommend this for recent gradudates.

    ConsNot a place for experienced professionlss (>10 yr). Andersen consulting - chase the carrot type of salary/raise setup.

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

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    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsCompensation is good for a new graduate. The organization is clear so that everyone 's accomplishment is available to others. Managers sometimes are good resources to learn.

    ConsLots of operation stuff instead of concentrating on programming. It is kind of hard to balance between life and work. Working in a small AWS support team, the career opportunities are not good.

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    Its the wild west over here with a lot of type A folks.

    Design Manager (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsYou are empowered to have a direct impact on customers and the business. The Sr. leadership team is generally excellent, however, there are a few exceptions that somehow made it past the hiring bar.

    ConsBenefits are a little below average and you work long hours. One can also easily burn themselves out if not disciplined in the art of not committing and setting realistic expectations (even when unpopular).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot everyone you hire needs to be a type A personality.

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

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    educational

    Stocker (Former Employee)

    Prosworking at amazon you can learn a lot in a short period of time, they help trained you for new positions and they are dedicated when it comes to training. Amazon lets you know what you have to do before you do it. schedules are on point, and the directions are very clear.

    Consthe cons at amazon would be the parking spaces,the lack of understanding when it comes to school or personal issues, the strictly rules and regulations that makes it impossible to work with. Amazon timely manner are never what they are said to be.

    Advice to Senior Managementcancel out the 6 point systems and help work with others time and schedule.

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    Exciting, but demanding place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazon maintains a very high-bar for performance, which means employees are incredibly intelligent and driven to build the best customer experience possible. Amazon also runs particularly lean so there is a tremendous amount of responsibility and business given right off the bat.

    ConsBecause everybody is so intelligent and driven with great amounts of responsibility, it is difficult to maintain a work-life balance, unless your life outside of the office includes working too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to work in the meantime...

    Fulfillment Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are really good. Pay is not the greatest but most people don't work there to make it a career anyway.

    Consfast-pace environment, Rates to hit are crazy

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    Experience depends highly on your team

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros- Managers can be very accomodating
    - coworkers collaborate and do not backstab
    - always something to work on that is at least somewhat challenging

    Cons- experience depends highly on the quality of the team you are on. If you are on a good team, the experience is amazing. If on a team of mediocre engineers, you can have a terrible time overworking yourself to help the team out
    - frugality. You only get water and coffee free.
    - on call. Pretty obvious here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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