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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
3,528 Reviews

3.3
3,528 Reviews
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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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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Opportunity like nowhere else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Great place to get things done and grow your resume. You are working with really smart people and have access to a lot of enablers. The culture here enshrines "bias for action" which is your license to cut through the red tape when it gets in the way.

    Cons

    Low titles, lack of performance pay. The appearance of frugality is valued beyond its business benefit. This can make you feel less valued regardless of your salary. Stack ranking encourages people to play the system rather than do the right thing. Negotiate hard before you arrive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The first few performance reviews here are tougher than they should be and lead to attrition. Managers have to play the system to give promotions and money where they can. Because overall Amazon has been so successful, upper management has failed to recognize the cost of this attrition and how much better performance could be without this problem. We are using up our talent pool and our competitors are skilled at playing up the negative aspects of the culture here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of freedom and flexibility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career growth, project/product ownership, and lots of freedom and flexibility at the job. Perfect location in the city.

    Cons

    Salary raises are basically non-existent. The company is very frugal, often pushing the limits of restricted resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging project with nice teammates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    There are not many places that has this scale of business.

    Cons

    People come and go too frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you think is right.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall I've had a great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate  in  Whitestown, IN
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Whitestown, IN

    Pros

    Training is offered in many roles as an associate. One can decide which role they would like to obtain. If desired after a year of employment amazon will pay 95% of tuition up to 3,000 a year. The benefits are very good,especially their insurance, 401K, discounts, and the people are always positive.

    Cons

    I would say the biggest downfall is communication within the company. Change is constant. Some say the "rate" of production is unreasonable, I find it easy to obtain if someone is willing to just do their job. Core values are not implemented on the floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to spend more time with employees engaging their issues instead of advising them they will follow , which they do not. Personal growth is only utilized if you have a bachelors degree, which holds a lot of potential behind. Overall Amazon is a great place to work, I just wish the advancement opporutunities didn't end at entry level management without a 4 year degree

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    it was amazon!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sanitation Engineer  in  Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Sanitation Engineer in Culver City, CA

    Pros

    Lots of exercise. great parking lots, wonderfull people, and food, and stuff to see. Soooo much inventory - my gosh! But not alphabetized very well - to many things misplaced. And the buildings are HUGE!! Too easy to get lost in - they should use a staff paging system.

    Cons

    Saw so much stuff to buy! couldn't afford it all! :-( they should pay more so their employees could buy more - they get more biz that way and make more money!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work. stock some personal jet packs. Get bigger drones - to ride on :-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon's great....design not so much

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Designer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Visual Designer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Amazon is a great company, very supportive and the overall work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    Sometimes with looming deadlines, your hours get pretty long, but the company compensates well for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temporary  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Temporary in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Really Great Place to work

    Cons

    Heavy workload and short deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize hard workers more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Quick move , work hard

    Cons

    on call is a pretty hard job to handle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate  in  Haslet, TX
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Haslet, TX

    Pros

    Better than average hourly rates; work/life balance depends on you; a most bodacious experience; always maintain a positive attitude.

    Cons

    It really is hard work. You are expected to perform within certain parameters which are not unreal expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain positive and proactive for your employees. Remember THEY make YOU look good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very helpful, growth-oriented company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    I am surrounded by great leaders and great co-workers. Everyone is smart, friendly and helpful which makes for a sales-organization pretty much unlike any other I've worked for.

    Cons

    Amazon is not a sales org. Which is not what you would think right off the bat. But I am in one of the few sales-oriented divisions here at Amazon which means that there have been growing pains, to put it lightly. Compensation, goals and metrics have changed on us multiple times since I started.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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