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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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87% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Amazon is the future

    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsProduct breadth, opportunity to develop and learn is huge. You can work in whatever you are interested in. There is a great website. Then there are high performance/scale services which are core part of business. Then there is AWS, hardware, kindle and the list goes on.
    It's generally easy to switch teams and moving to other roles is encouraged.
    Mostly smart people around.
    Compensation is competitive and great potential of stock is a silver-lining on the top of that.
    Just loving the company and work.

    ConsSometimes work could be hectic but that's ok. Some managers are political & bad but many are good. Again few teams do not do great work but just operations or maintenance so be choosy.
    Don't expect great facilities as it's very frugal company but essential benefits are comparable to other good companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJeff Bezos is a true visionary & genius. One thing that differentiates him is he is constantly watchful. He is making the company innovate. Customers are loving it and most products are generally more successful then other companies.

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

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    Great company, good culture, wonderful mates!

    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsYour mates are very excellent. You can learn a lot from them.
    Open. Most of the information are open to all developer inside company.

    ConsYou need to maintain your code yourself which means you may need to wake up to solve problem in midnight.

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

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    Always challenging, and exciting place for software developers

    Software Development Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThe Amazon environment is fast moving and purposely tries to keep a startup kind of feel. Teams are largely independent, and responsible for themselves. Your contributions as a developer, can have immediate impact on customers, code can go from a developers desktop to working in production in just hours. The company values and mission statement aren't just aspirational clap-trap, but affect day to day activities, and decisions.

    ConsAmazon has a startup feel, which has some draw-backs. Like real startup companies, the job will gladly consume your life; the priority of projects change rapidly; everyone fills multiple roles; the fast moving nature can be exhausting to try to keep up with; spending is tight; frequently delivering quickly is used to justify bad engineering.

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

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    Excellent Working Environment

    Software Development Engineer III/Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThe compensation is great. The work-life balance varies, though generally is good. They take personal growth seriously: Constructive feedback given often to ensure you have a chance to reach your potential. Under the right circumstances they'll also let you work from home, which is awesome.

    They take the the Amazon Leadership Principles very seriously, and it's a good list. Google for it; they won't let me add a link here.

    ConsThe times when management has decided on a deadline can mean overtime. This hasn't happened a lot to me yet, but it's happened once in 8 months at least.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Development Engineer

    Software Development Engineer I (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsNice people, smart people from all over the world!
    We are creating world class product every day!

    ConsNothing that bad..work-life balance can be better

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

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    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsVery smart people to work with

    ConsOncall responsibility so we have to work on weekends

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

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    great if you are hardworking

    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Prosgreat people. great tasks. a perfect place to master technical skills

    Conswork takes major part of your free time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    summer intern

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Prosgood salary and good relocation contract

    Consuntill now it seems none

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    Work hard, have fun, make history. Seldom is a company's slogan so true.

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Cape Town (South Africa)

    ProsGetting the opportunity to work with really bright people.
    Being given the space to build without micro-management.
    Getting to be the leader in the technology space.

    ConsYou are expected to work very hard. On call can be rough depending on what team you are on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would struggle to give Management advice. They do a really good job of handling the paper work while giving Engineers the space they need to build.

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

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    Work hard

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros* Lots of freedom
    * Lots of ability to influence the business
    * Only bounds on what you do are you
    * Nobody says "no"; the ethos is "just do it"
    * Exposure to lots of interesting problems
    * Builder culture
    * Good practice for creating your own company

    Cons* Flat structure means that there's not a ton of specialization
    * Not a lot of structure on many teams; need to deal with and thrive on ambiguity

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing

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

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