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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. Good place to work

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor

    Pros

    Awesome facility You can bring your dog!

    Cons

    Contractors are excluded from most events You'll face a lot of bureaucracy to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors are not the competitors spys. We work hard and love working for you! It won't harm to let the yellow badges join your events.


  3. Some people love it, some don't. I fell in the middle.

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, benefits, fast-paced, great business partners

    Cons

    Ambiguous, internal employee competition, corporate culture

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in the development and growth of your teammates.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Instructional designer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working hard, having fun and making history. Can be a part of this corporate culture.

    Cons

    Too many newly hired ones are working with little knowledge on the business field.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the struggling people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sales Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    - Big name - Great Offices - Central Location

    Cons

    - Big corporate - Favoritism from management - No progression


  7. Warehouse Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  8. Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Chennai (India)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing work culture, Transparent, Work life balance

    Cons

    Salary, Monotonous, Lack of freedom

    Advice to Management

    A competitive payscale


  9. amazon stow

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  10. 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.


  11. SDE

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Best benefits package evar. The employees believe their own press releases and really want to do the right thing -- or at least think they do.

    Cons

    The "leadership principles" are a set of mantras that can be used to justify any decision they make. "Bias for action" gives them cause to hire people to test drive and throw away if they misplace, misuse, or mismanage them. "Vocally self-critical" -- haven't heard any of the so-called leaders actually exhibit this trait, but some of them believe that their BS is nothing but perfume and flowers. Some groups are only seeking pod people, followers, and if you're not one of them, they have clever ways to ensure your demise. If you ever find yourself on a Performance Improvement Plan, spend more time looking for a new job than actually doing yours. You've already been marked for deletion.

    Advice to Management

    Dive a little deeper. You don't get hatchet jobs written about you unless you have some significant skeletons in your closet. It's easy to pretend you have principles when you have enough money not to have to take a serious ration of BS. I know several of the criticisms were actually valid. For example, yes, you do in fact tell new hires that they'll need to unlearn bad habits from past employers. At least you could have the decency to own it. Calling out Comcast as an example was truly classy, but it was also valid criticism. Don't dish it out if you can't take it. If you don't like the criticism, consider that maybe it's true and you're staring a growth opportunity in the face. Where's that vocally self-critical mantra when it comes to you? Employees are "leaders" when they're self-critical, but "real leaders" don't bother? Hypocrite much? And, guys, "Have backbone; disagree and commit" is no different from anywhere else. You either commit to the decisions that are made "by the team" or "by your leader" and then "commit to them wholly" -- just like Microsoft, just like Google, just like US Army, just like McDonald's... You might pride yourselves on thinking that you can take someone showing some backbone and disagreeing, but you really, really hate it -- especially when he or she is more right than you are. But I'm just a plebe whose opinion is irrelevant. After all, if I were smart, I'd be in management mucking with other people's lives, too.



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