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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.3 3,273 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,281 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development(in 101 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here(in 306 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel(in 540 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company(in 125 reviews)

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    Machine Learning

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsAmazon is a well oiled machine and you'll learn a lot if you have the stomach to stay plugged in.

    ConsNegatives outweigh the positives - long hours, politics, unreasonable demands, and disconnect from leadership principles and from employees make it an environment better suited for robots.

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

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    Stretch, learn, work, work and work

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsOpportunities abound. Innovative new work being done all day every day. Rapid growth company. Environment that encourages creativity. Autonomy is granted if you know your stuff. Dogs allowed in the office. Casual dress environment. Learned more about business and process efficiency in 4 years at Amazon than I did in 10 years in my prior jobs.

    ConsChronically understaffed. No work life balance and HR Is not seeking to implement it. Churn and burn environment. Arrogant attitude of SVPs with little or no value of employee and employee contributions - i.e. "you're lucky to work here" . Compensation structure is heavily equity based, such that at best salaries are at mid of market requiring sales of shares to meet competitive market salary--leadership principle of "ownership" is a farce. Stock compensation is heavily taxed resulting in a lower overall total compensation package. Benefits are beyond skimpy. Tools, and systems for non-customer facing infrastructure work are fragile and require much manual work to prevent failures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValues and leadership principles are good. Improve benefits, change compensation structure to more appropriately compensate top talent that work hard to contribute to the company's success.

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

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    Sweet and Sour

    Warehouse Associate (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThere are many opportunities to grow with the company and they like crazy ideas and embrace difference so it never feels stiff to work there. There is monthly profit sharing, yearly stock and benefits on day one.

    ConsThey seem to hire alot of college grads and older military, this is not a bad thing per say but when they are brought on to manage and have no experience in the warehouse or even in management then not only do they not get the respect but also there is tension and resistance to follow. This makes it hard on everyone and its worse when there is to many of these chiefs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop looking at your computer all day and see what's going on once and a while.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very peculiar

    Technical Program Manager II (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsAmazon is indeed a very peculiar place to work. There are a lot of opportunities to move around, intelligent people, there is never a dull moment and diverse culturally. My experience has been positive so far, but it differs from team to team. I've known people who left the company due to a bad experience with management. They either left at their own or were fired. The relocation package is very generous and the hiring team does an excellent job of recruiting talents.

    ConsBe ready to work long hours, have little work-life balance, bad health benefits, no career guidance, lack of processes, still runs as a start up, little teamwork, raises are miniscule and I wish they were as obsessed with their internal customers as they are with external ones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in really developing your people. Be more transparent with your employees and develop more ways to reward good performance. Teamwork has actually proven to be a good practice and I think everyone could benefit from it.

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

     

    Do not value their employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAlways 40 hrs plus plenty of overtime

    ConsVery repetitive work with little opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees as though they matter.

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    Depends on the team

    Senior Vendor Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsInteresting problems to solve, moves extremely quickly, culture of customer obsession. If you like data, you can make a huge impact on the business. I've found my work at Amazon meaningful and stimulating.

    ConsExperience depends on the team.
    - poor manager training and there are many bad ones
    - culture that extols confrontation
    - lack of transparency
    - no perks whatsoever

    Eventually, enough is enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with respect

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

     

    A platform to learn a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- One gets to learn latest technologies
    - Very fast paced company with extremely tight deadlines
    - Customer centric

    Cons- Can get hectic and tiring
    - Not great work life balance

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    Work culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-A big software stack to explore. Opportunity to learn new things

    Cons-to much context switch
    - High expectations from management
    - Lower appreciation level

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosexciting projects that I can work on

    Consdifficult to manage both and work life

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    Good workplace, Bad Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat new projects. Good technology. Very competitive environment

    Consbad work life balance, too much into the hands of your direct managers

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

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