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Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • You will learn a lot that will help with the rest of your career (in 118 reviews)

  • The company is full of very smart people (in 352 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the best at work-life balance (in 636 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 145 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    CVG3, meh

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Problem Solver in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Problem Solver in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    This job offers great benefits and a schedule that is the same week to week. If there is mandatory overtime, the start and end of shift is only a half hour earlier than your usual shift start and and end time.

    Cons

    Lack of mobility, favoritism, your co-workers are often really awful people, your managers are often the scum of the earth. Once you reach a certain point with raises, you top out and no longer receive them. It also seems like a very thankless job. I do quite a lot of work that warrants quite a bit more pay.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest rather than hiring random people off the street, you conduct interviews with your potential employees to be sure they are up to par (or can even speak english). I would also suggest you appreciate your employees more, and upgrade our pay. Many of the people I work with are barely getting by on the pay we are offered and I think this is unacceptable.


  2. Ok I guess

    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My org is pretty bland but they do not ask too much from you.

    Cons

    Management is disorganized, priorities shift daily.


  3. amazon stow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    free of stress from management. employees are friendly

    Cons

    A LOT of walking i meant something towards 12-20 miles a shift


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  5. Warehouse Associate

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-Workers are great to work with. Benefits such as medical plans, stocks, and career choice program.

    Cons

    The HR department at my site could be a little more attentive, associate time balances are constantly being taken when they were not used.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the associates when they come to you with issues.


  6. Great people, bad system

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    My teammates are extremely smart and diligent. The projects I work on have a clear impact for the company.

    Cons

    The metrics by which employees are evaluated are incomplete and inaccurate. I constantly have to balance doing the right thing for my team and the company with "looking good".

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate the methods by which you make organizational decisions. Lines of code written is a very outdated way to evaluate SDE performance!


  7. Take the good with the bad

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Chester, VA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people to work with and to help you get through the week. Indirect roles help break the monotony of doing the same tasks. Paid-time personal-time and unpaid-time. CDL and other classes after a year to help you move on.

    Cons

    Some managers are petty and let personal grudges override good judgement. Managers switch often. I've had 4 in a year. HR isn't helpful. They often defer you to the same other HR people that just came from then get upset if you let them know that. HR as well as most Managers don't have experience doing your jobs or tasks so can't relate to your problems.

    Advice to Management

    Take interest in the concerns of your employees. You will get your numbers if you help the people trying their best to perform. Most of what we ask for isn't crazy. We ask for things that help us to do better and that gets you paid your production bonus.


  8. Not bad for extra money

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Weekly Pay Coworkers Casual Dress 5 day work week

    Cons

    Coworkers 10.5 hours of Unpaid time off first 20 days have to wait 90 days until next allotment. Blackout days for Unpaid time off

    Advice to Management

    Better training of new associates. Training needs to be more comprehensive. There is a lot of emphasis on safety but not much on doing actual task required for job until they throw you out there in the mix


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great for short term career move

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, provides great sense of ownership and sense of accountability. Ability to influence business and PnL. Get to work on some great technology/business products and influence the road-map. Interact with many divisions across Amazon and build strategy.

    Cons

    None of these are cons but 'dimensions' choose from while considering Amazon. Work Life balance - Constantly engaging environment and it is hard to turn off. You will have work on your mind constantly. Career Development - Your career is in your own hands and though everyone is encouraged to have a mentor, there is very little actionable output from it given everyone is always so busy. Your growth is dependent on your manager and your relations with him/her. Very team dependent culture - There are some teams in start-up mode and doing cool things - which is great and exciting to work for. While some teams are now operationally heavy and are big businesses in themselves but still try operate like a startup (hang over from the quick growth) with low head count or have hired at a crazy pace with very little consideration for team dynamics. It can be confusing and stressful to work there. How much support you will get to ramp up - You will need to figure out what to do irrespective of the team you join with very little direction because there is a lot of tribal knowledge, lack of proper documentation, and also the dynamic nature of the job. This again varies from team to team.

    Advice to Management

    Think if the hiring to raise the bar is actually working or even possible at the rate at which Amazon hires. The 4x increase in head count in the last few years and all presumably better than the average employee at that time is hard to believe - especially since Amazon is such a unique business that it is hard to imagine a person who is 2 years into Amazon would be a lesser of a performer than an outside hire. Provide opportunity to grow from within which has been lacking.


  10. Fulfillment Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Great pay -Long hours (overtime) -Great people you meet

    Cons

    -On feet all day -Can't request days off -Long hiring process


  11. Warehouse Worker

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Overtime Alot of Hours Friends and Family

    Cons

    Slave Work Hard Rate Minority



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