Amazon.com
3.3 of 5 3,091 reviews
www.amazon.com Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.3 3,090 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,239 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    4 people found this helpful  

    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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    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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    4 people found this helpful  

    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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    Overall great place to work, pay is not what you would expect.

    Fulfillment Associate (Current Employee)
    Tracy, CA

    ProsVery lax place, easy to get along with everyone, especially managers, safety is important.

    ConsNot competitive pay, chaotic always construction, changing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore mobility, rich company, associate pay not great.

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

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    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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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart people, good atmosphere, great culture.

    ConsNone I can think of.

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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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    The jury is still out

    Content Developer (Current Employee)

    Prosbenefits, smart and innovative people, opportunities across organizations, customer centric, well reviewed and liked

    Conspeer review system, out of touch leadership, work/life balance lacking

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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

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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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