Amazon.com

www.amazon.com
Employer Engaged

Amazon.com Software engineer Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
617 Reviews
3.7
617 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
617 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can definitely learn a lot in short spam in Amazon as they make you work a lot (in 118 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 636 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 145 reviews)

More Highlights

617 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work only if the compensation package is very good

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of technical problems to solve
    - Smart colleagues
    - Lots of opportunities to learn service oriented architecture and how to scale services

    Cons

    - Operations burden is high, can be excessively high depending on the team
    - Most of the teams don't have any support engineer layer in front of them contributing to the above mentioned problem
    - Equipments are OK but old models and cheap compared to other companies considered in the same league
    - Policy to sponsor for permanent residency is horrible, new college hires don't qualify for the sponsorship
    - Little to no opportunity to contribute to the open source community even though this company wouldn't exist if it didn't use tons of open source products
    - People are packed in small cube areas to the extent that sometimes workers think if they are violating the fire code
    - Almost zero perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company can be bit less frugal to make the employees happier

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Operates like a startup
    You will interact with very smart people - the smartest in the globe.
    Not much politics - mostly ego clashes
    Very engineering / data - driven

    Cons

    Benefits suck big time
    Not much option to work from home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make company more family friendly
    More benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    very GOOD.

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    people are very very nice

    Cons

    life is very very easy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very very very happy life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    ok place

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

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

    Pros

    great place to work at, to solve technical problems

    Cons

    It's a bit of a slave ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance needs to be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappearing "Amazon Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    - You work with some of the smartest people around.
    - Huge range of areas/technology you can work with, depending on the team

    Cons

    - The relaxed and innovation-oriented culture is quickly disappearing, and it is becoming more and more beaurocratic
    - The fact that management is not doing anything about the infamous retention rate (average 1.5 years for SDEs) shows a lot about where the focus is. SDEs are not valued much, and Amazon is willing to churn/burn through new hires.
    - Not much perks/benefits compared to other comparable companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least try and focus on making the existing employees happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You're rewarded for delivering high quality products.

    Cons

    Not your typical 9-5. There's always something to be done, so I wind up working more hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    It's okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good starting salary
    Company pushes you to grow
    Teams are small so oncall is manageable

    Cons

    Work life balance is an issue. An issue mgmt pretends to care about
    Maternity / Paternity benefits are next to none
    Year over year salary increases are soso.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't cheap out on raises
    Have a decent maternity / paternity benefits (see Google)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Work,
    Good growth path,
    Talented Peers

    Cons

    very very hectic work schedule, poor work life balance, frugality

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty-Good-N-Bad

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

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

    Pros

    The diversity of programming languages and technologies that you can use are nice. You definitely can't get bored if you love to learn and like new challenges.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can sometimes be a challenge to maintain. It is important to prioritize your work and stay focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide subsidized athletic club memberships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A company with a very good growth opportunity

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Highly qualified peers and seniors, Very good pay, Good work culture ,Flexible timing

    Cons

    None majorly. I almost like and agree with all company principles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Amazon.com? Share Your Experiences

Amazon.com

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.